AAD offers sizzling array of hot topics in medical dermatology

The always-popular Hot Topics in Medical Dermatology (S010) will feature a robust session of diverse topics, including skin cancers, travel-related skin conditions, and caring for the pediatric population.

Lawrence Eichenfield, MD

Lawrence Eichenfield, MD, professor of dermatology and pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego, is one of eight panelists who will address new developments in medical and pediatric dermatology. He will explore the use of dupilumab, which was recently approved for the treatment of atopic dermatitis in young adults, ages 12 to 17. It’s the first systemic therapy approved for atopic dermatitis in adolescents.

Dr. Eichenfield will also discuss the growing phenomenon of slime-associated dermatitis. The condition is caused by playing with homemade slime or “goo.” The substance is commonly made from boric acid and other household ingredients, such as contact lens solution, liquid laundry detergent, shaving cream, and school glue. Children playing with slime can develop hand dermatitis. The condition displays eczematous rashes with erythema, scaling, vesicles, and lichenification.

He will delve into promising advances in treating vascular malformations in children with genetically directed therapy, as well as a broad set of therapeutic agents in development.

Dr. Eichenfield enthused about the rapid changes in science and dermatology. “The future is happening!” he said. “There has been the promise that our genetic insights into diseases will translate into therapies and potentially cures. And this seems to be happening, with research in some of our most challenging birthmarks (e.g. vascular malformations) and genetic skin disorders (epidermolysis bullosa).”

“Finding mutations is becoming standard in pediatric dermatology, with translation into specific therapy starting to happen now, with the future of it expanding into more disease states just ahead of us. With expanded drug development for children and adolescents with inflammatory skin diseases (atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, alopecia areata) and common skin infections (molluscum, warts), it is a very exciting time in pediatric dermatology.”

Additionally, “Hot Topics in Medical Dermatology” will feature a look at the epidemiology and diagnosis of travel-related skin conditions, including the Zika, chikungunya, and dengue viruses.