Interferon Gamma for Atopic Dermatitis
Interferon gamma is a medicine that stimulates the Reference immune system Opens New Window. It can reduce symptoms of atopic dermatitis such as redness, swelling, itching, and dry skin. But this medicine is only used to treat severe atopic dermatitis that doesn't respond to other treatment.
When injected under the skin surface (subcutaneously), interferon gamma significantly improves Reference atopic dermatitis Opens New Window symptoms for 4 out of 5 people.Reference 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. But if you have severe symptoms that have not responded to other treatments, injections are worth considering.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 17, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology