The Significance of Food Allergy in Atopic Dermatitis

  • H. A. Sampson
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Atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory skin disorder which frequently begins in early infancy. It is characterized by extreme pruritus, chronically relapsing course, and specific distribution. The rash is generally an erythematous, papulovesicular eruption, frequently with serous discharge and crusting, and progresses to a scaly, lichenified rash over time [1]. The distribution of the rash typically varies with age [2], involving the cheeks and extensor surfaces of the arms and legs in infancy, the flexor surfaces in the young child, and flexor surfaces, hands and feet in the teenage patient and young adult. Unlike most dermatoses, atopic dermatitis has no primary skin lesion but is identified by a constellation of symptoms. The classification system recently proposed by Hanifin and Rajka [3] has been generally accepted and provides suitable diagnostic criteria for the disorder.


Atopic Dermatitis Food Allergy Allergic Rhinitis Allergy Clin Immunol Sodium Cromoglycate 
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