Clinical Symptoms of Atopic Eczema


The clinical symptoms of atopic eczema may be precipitated at any time in a patient’s lifetime, although in most cases first signs and symptoms appear during childhood. Most patients have a personal or family history of asthma, hay fever, or eczema. At least 5% of all children are affected at some time and although a late onset is possible, it is rare. In a study performed with a group of 121 patients the average age of the patients at first manifestation of the disease was 5.5 months and the prognosis of atopic eczema turned out to be worse if the disease had begun within the first 6 months after birth, if it occurred in firstborn or only children, or if the patients had a history of allergies of the respiratory tract [19]. The data on prognosis vary greatly in the literature. In a prospective study of about 2000 children, 87% of the patients had a significant improvement of the disease after 5–20 years.


Atopic Eczema Atopic Dermatitis Patient Seborrheic Dermatitis Hand Eczema Oral Allergy Syndrome 
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