Atopic Dermatitis:
The Patient's Perspective

Prevalence

In industrialized nations, an estimated 10% to 30% of children and up to 3% of adults suffer from classic dermatitis.1,2 Moreover during the last few decades, the prevalence has been increasing.1

Although the symptoms of atopic dermatitis usually develop initially during infancy, they can manifest at any age. Many children outgrow the condition by early adolescence but some patients continue to suffer from classic atopic dermatitis into adulthood. In those adult atopics where classic features disappear, tendencies continues to be present as severe dry, exceedingly sensitive skin and on increased propensity to develop all kinds of eczemas.

1. Larsen FS, Hanifin JM. Immunol Allergy Clin North Am. 2002;22:1-24. 2. Williams H, et al. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 1999;103:125-138. 3. Lam et al. Pediatric Health. 2008;2(6):733-747

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