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Pediatr Dermatol. 2017 Jul;34(4):488-491. doi: 10.1111/pde.13162. Epub 2017 May 25.

Perceptions and Practices Regarding Atopic Dermatitis: A Survey.

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Medical School, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Department of Dermatology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Parents (N = 392) completed a survey at the Minnesota State Fair in August and September 2015 addressing knowledge regarding the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis (AD), basic skin care practices, and the perceived role of infection and food allergies in AD. Of participating parents, 82% identified food allergy or sensitivity in AD pathogenesis, whereas only 42% identified bacterial infection as an important factor in AD severity. Participants most often received education on skin health from their pediatrician (49%), followed by Internet-based sources (23%), rather than a dermatologist or pediatric dermatologist. Parents of children with AD overestimate the role of food allergies in this condition and are not as aware of the role of bacterial infection. Future educational directions from our specialty should focus on resources for pediatricians and families that emphasize these factors.

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