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Impact on Lifestyle

The constant itching and scratching associated with atopic dermatitis persists at bedtime, making it harder to fall asleep. Researchers estimate that children with atopic dermatitis lose an average of 1.9 hours of sleep a night, and that their parents lose an average of 2.1 hours. This may be why research has shown that children with atopic dermatitis are more irritable, fearful, dependent, and have more daytime tiredness and mood changes.1

Atopic Dermatitis can have a substantial impact on the quality of life of patients and their families. Approximately 80% of children with Atopic Dermatitis experience sleep disturbance that can lead to daytime behavioral problems. In one study, 60% of patients with Atopic Dermatitis reported that their condition impaired performance of normal daily activities. Atopic Dermatitis affects social functioning and psychological well-being. It has been estimated that moderate or severe Atopic Dermatitis also has a greater impact than diabetes on families of young patients.2

1. Buys LM. Am Fam Physician 2007;75:523-8. 2. Barbeau et al. International Journal of Dermatology 2006, 45, 31-36

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