What is Atopic Dermatitis?

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Atopic dermatitis is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease that manifests as eczema (red patches) and itchiness. It courses with recurring, highly variable flare-ups. It can manifest at any age and it is associated with other conditions such as asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis and food allergies. 

Atopic Dermatitis explained in first person

Professionals and patients explain how you live with the disease
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Dermatitis is very uncomfortable because it causes a lot of itching.

Clinical manifestations of atopic dermatitis depend on and are classified according to the patient’s age at onset: during the first few years of life, during childhood or in adulthood. 

Although the exact cause of atopic dermatitis remains unknown, we do know that it is a genetic disease which is strongly influenced by environmental factors.  

How many people are affected by Atopic Dermatitis?

In industrialised countries, the incidence of atopic dermatitis has tripled over the last 30 years, it currently affects up to 30% of children and 10% of adults, regardless of gender. Of all patients with atopic dermatitis, 60% develop skin lesions before they are 1 year old.  

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Substantiated information by:

Paula Ribó Gonzalez
Sara Gómez Armayones

Published: 15 May 2020
Updated: 15 May 2020

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