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Allergy. 2004 Aug;59 Suppl 78:7-11.

The burden of atopy and asthma in children.

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Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, MN, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

There has been a world-wide increase in the prevalence of atopic diseases. These atopic diseases, including asthma, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and atopic eczema/dermatitis, are common in childhood and create a challenge of management for physicians and parents.

METHODS:

MEDLINE was searched for articles related to atopy, allergy asthma, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and atopic eczema/dermatitis.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS:

The conditions of asthma, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and atopic eczema/dermatitis cause very significant burdens regarding the discomfort to the affected individual, management problems for the parent and physician and the economic cost to the family and the nation.

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