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Atopic Dermatitis

  • A. Heidelberger
  • D. Abeck
  • C. Schnopp
  • H. Fesq

Abstract

Atopic dermatitis is by far the most common type of dermatitis and a major problem in pediatric populations. Synonyms for the disease include atopic eczema and neurodermatitis. Many lay people simply use the term eczema. We equate eczema and dermatitis, and will use exclusively the term dermatitis to reduce confusion. The great socio-economic of atopic dermatitis is demonstrated by the following numbers; in Germany the total costs annual are about 3.5 million € an average yearly cost of around 2,500 € per patient. The individual and family loss in quality of life has just begun to be quantified with recent studies, but is immense. Most of the patients are children. With an incidence in Germany of between 8 to 16%, atopic dermatitis is the most common skin disease in infancy and childhood. About 60% of the patients show the first signs of their disease during the first year of life. The male: female ratio is about equal.

Keywords

Atopic Dermatitis Food Allergy House Dust Mite Allergic Contact Dermatitis Seborrheic Dermatitis 
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  • A. Heidelberger
  • D. Abeck
  • C. Schnopp
  • H. Fesq

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