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Atopic Dermatitis Increases Risk of Other Medical Conditions

Having atopic dermatitis (AD), especially a severe case, increases the risk of developing these medical conditions:

  • Asthma. About 50% also develop asthma.

  • Hay fever. Approximately 66% eventually develop hay fever.

  • Skin infections. The skin of a person with AD is particularly susceptible to dryness. Very dry skin coupled with the damage caused by scratching, puts such individuals at risk for bacterial, viral, and fungal infections.

  • Irritant contact dermatitis. Adults with AD are predisposed to irritant contact dermatitis, a type of eczema that develops when everyday things — from wool to detergent — irritate the skin. Irritant contact dermatitis causes red, itchy, and inflamed skin.

  • Hand eczema/xerosis. An infant who develops AD has a greater than normal risk of developing dry skin (xerosis) or hand eczema later in life.

  • Anxiety and depression. Studies show that living with AD leads to a higher-than-average risk of developing these conditions.

The Lewin Group (prepared for the Society for Investigative Dermatology and the American Academy of Dermatology Association). “The Burden of Skin Diseases”. 2004. p. 40-41.

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Studies show that regularly applying emollients to skin affected by atopic dermatitis can reduce the need for topical corticosteroids by approximately 50%.





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