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Pharmacology/Drug Development


2023 Mar 15

Am J Clin Dermatol


Treatment Strategies for Chronic Pruritus and Eczema/Dermatitis in Older Adults Under the Category of Chronic Eczematous Eruptions of Aging (CEEA).


Shahin TB, Sreekantaswamy SA, Hawkes JE, Butler DC


Chronic eczematous eruptions of aging (CEEA) refers to a heterogenous group of longstanding, pruritic eczematous dermatoses with an unidentified etiology, or those which do not meet strict disease criteria. The literature has not yet established a single ubiquitous disease or term for these eruptions in adults over the age of 65 years. Instead, CEEA is attributed various names, including immunologic eruption of aging, and eruption of immunosenescence. Atopic dermatitis in the elderly, eczema in the elderly, and late- or adult-onset atopic dermatitis or eczema likely also fall under the umbrella of CEEA, given that older patients often do not meet strict criteria for atopic dermatitis. As a reflection of such terminological heterogeneity, CEEA does not have a standardized workup algorithm. This lack of uniformity can obscure the ability to study and understand appropriate treatments for this condition. Yet, as providers become increasingly aware of CEEA and more comfortable in making this diagnosis in older adults, it is necessary that dermatologists understand the safety and efficacy of common CEEA treatments in this population. Here, we discuss special considerations, challenges, and recommendations for treating older adults with CEEA with topical and systemic therapeutics. We provide an overview of therapeutic strategies and potential barriers to treatment and discuss the essential role of shared decision making when caring for this patient population.