Peter Lio, MD: Atopic Dermatitis and Integrative Therapies

April 7, 2021
Jonathan Alicea

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A dermatologist discusses alternative and complementary options for the treatment of atopic dermatitis.

While new therapies for atopic dermatitis are on the horizon, clinicians can still look to complementary treatments to help mitigate disease or medication-related symptoms.

In an interview with HCPLive®, Peter Lio, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology & Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, touted the utility of such integrative therapeutic options.

“I do think in atopic dermatitis there are a number of places where we can leverage an integrative approach,” he said. “And I stress that it’s integrative because I’m not trying to say don’t use any conventional medicine.”

In fact, he stressed, unconvetional therapies can be brought into a treatment regimen in order to fully optimize the patient treatment experience. Certain therapies can work to address side effects or augment the effects of a primary treatment course.

Some examples he mentioned were topical coconut oil as a potential antimicrobial agent, topical sunflower seed oil as an addition to moisturizers, and oral hempseed oil as a potential antiinflammation and skin barrier treatment.

“Another thing I do like as well is L-histadine,” Lio said. “There’s some data to show that, [when administered] in vitro and in vivo in patients, [...] their filaggrin production goes up. And we know that many patients with atopic dermatitis are filaggrin deficient, and so this may be able to bolster it.”


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