is a common skin
condition that affects 10% to 20% of children in industrialized countries and
urban Africa.1 It can occur in adults but occurs
mostly in young children.
People with a history of atopic dermatitis often have other
allergic conditions. For example:
Atopic dermatitis affects people of all races.
The prevalence of atopic dermatitis has been increasing over the last few
decades, possibly due to environmental and lifestyle changes.1
Leung DYM, et al. (2008). Atopic dermatitis (atopic
eczema). In K Wolff et al., eds., Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine, 7th ed., vol. 1, pp. 146–158. New York:
Boguniewicz M, Leung DYM (2009). Atopic dermatitis. In
N Franklin Addison Jr et al., eds., Middleton's Allergy Principles and Practice, 7th ed., vol. 2, pp. 1083–1103. Philadelphia:
April 17, 2012
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
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