Interferon Gamma for Atopic Dermatitis

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Interferon Gamma for Atopic Dermatitis

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Interferon gamma is a medicine that reduces the body's immune reaction. When injected under the skin surface (subcutaneously), interferon gamma significantly improves atopic dermatitis symptoms for 4 out of 5 people.1 A common side effect is flu-like illness during the early days of treatment.

Although interferon gamma injections are considered safe and effective for many people who have severe atopic dermatitis, they aren't widely used because of their inconvenience and expense.1 But if you have severe symptoms that have not responded to other treatments, injections are worth considering.

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  1. Sidbury R, Hanifin J (2000). Systemic therapy of atopic dermatitis. Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 25(7): 559–566.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology
Last Revised June 18, 2010

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