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is a common skin
condition that affects 10% to 20% of children in industrialized countries and
urban Africa.footnote 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.footnote 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: McGraw-Hill.
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: Mosby Elsevier.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerAmy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
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