Crisaborole: Application Pain and Prevention
Madison Anzelc1, *, Craig G. Burkhart2, 3
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2019
First Page: 55
Last Page: 57
Publisher Id: TODJ-13-55
Article History:Received Date: 21/06/2019
Revision Received Date: 02/10/2019
Acceptance Date: 14/10/2019
Electronic publication date: 15/11/2019
Collection year: 2019
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In 2016, a new drug, crisaborole, was developed and approved, for the first time in 15 years, as an effective treatment for Atopic Dermatitis (AD). Crisaborole is a topical phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) inhibitor, which alleviates AD symptoms, such as pruritis, inflammation, and flares. Similar to other topical treatments like corticosteroids and calcineurin inhibitors, crisaborole has been found to cause pain during application. The pain felt during a topical application can be attributed to many possible causes, such as increased sensitivity to pain-provoking and itch-provoking stimuli, prior inflammation, prior damage, and hypersensitized skin of the patient to which the topical cream is applied. Crisaborole has been reported to be effective, yet the application site pain is a major road bump in the effective treatment of some patients. Some possible ways to circumvent this pain are letting the epidermis soothe and heal before starting crisaborole, starting this treatment modality before the skin has a chance to become irritated and inflamed, and numbing the area with an ice pack prior to topical crisaborole application. Overall, crisaborole has been an effective treatment modality, but further research is necessary to allow for safe use of this life-changing AD topical medication.