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Dermatol Clin. 2017 Jul;35(3):283-289. doi: 10.1016/j.det.2017.02.002. Epub 2017 Apr 22.

Public Health Burden and Epidemiology of Atopic Dermatitis.

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Department of Dermatology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 676 North Street Clair Street, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60611, USA; Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL 60611, USA; Department of Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL 60611, USA. Electronic address: JonathanISilverberg@gmail.com.

Abstract

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder with significant morbidity and quality-of-life impairment. The epidemiology of AD is complex and challenging to study. The 1-year US prevalence of AD was 12.98% in children in 2007-2008 and 7.2%-10.2% in adults in 2010-2012. There is considerable statewide and countrywide variation of AD prevalence and severity. The prevalence of childhood AD dramatically increased over the past few decades but may be leveling off in developed nations. AD is associated with increased direct and indirect costs to payers and patients, thereby contributing toward a considerable public health burden.

KEYWORDS:

Adult; Atopic dermatitis; Children; Cost; Eczema; Epidemiology; Prevalence; Severity

PMID:
28577797
DOI:
10.1016/j.det.2017.02.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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