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Atopic Dermatitis Learning Zone

Atopic Dermatitis overview

Read time: 140 mins
Last updated:27th Jul 2021
Published:27th Jul 2021

Are you aware of the recent updates on atopic dermatitis? Read below to:

  • Engage with epidemiological images for atopic dermatitis across the globe
  • Learn more about treatment options and the evidence behind them
  • Find key detail relating to the presentation of atopic dermatitis and burden of the disease

Prevalence and incidence of atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis, or atopic eczema, is the most common chronic skin condition and is characterised by acute episodes of eczematous, pruritic lesions over dry skin. It typically starts in early childhood and is widely reported to affect 15–20% of children and 1–3% of adults1.

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Atopic dermatitis pathophysiology

A complex range of factors influence the development and onset of atopic dermatitis, but what is the underlying mechanism that drives skin barrier dysfunction and inflammation? Discover how breakdown of the skin barrier can lead to allergen penetration and immune system activation.

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Problematic pruritus in atopic dermatitis

 

Itch is the most important clinical symptom in atopic dermatitis and has been shown to have a profound impact on the quality of life of both child and adult patients68,69

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Atopic dermatitis symptoms

Atopic dermatitis, also called atopic eczema or eczema, is an inflammatory, chronic or chronically relapsing skin disease with pruritus as the predominant dermatological symptom68,105,69.

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Burden of disease for atopic dermatitis

 

As a chronic, relapsing skin condition, atopic dermatitis has a significant impact on patients’ quality of life.

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Diagnosing atopic dermatitis

Several classification criteria have been developed, but the Hanifin and Rajka criteria originally developed in 1980 remain the most widely used worldwide69.

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References

  1. Nutten S. Atopic dermatitis: Global epidemiology and risk factors. Ann Nutr Metab. 2015;66:8–16.
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