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Adv Exp Med Biol. 2017;1027:71-77. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-64804-0_7.

Stressors in Atopic Dermatitis.

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1
Department of Dermatology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston Salem, NC, USA. sbarilla@wakehealth.edu.
2
Department of Dermatology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston Salem, NC, USA.

Abstract

As with other inflammatory skin disorders, atopic dermatitis has a tendency to cause stress and also be exacerbated by it. Patients with atopic dermatitis have several disease-associated stressors, some of which include physical discomfort due to itching and altered appearance due to flare-ups. These stressors have been shown to effect patients psychosocially by altering sleep patterns, decreasing self-esteem and interfering with interpersonal relationships. In combination with its direct effect on patients, atopic dermatitis also causes stress for parents and caregivers. Studies suggest that atopic dermatitis is strongly correlated with co-sleeping habits, which can negatively impact the health and mood of parents or caregivers. It has also been reported to interfere with the formation of a strong mother-child relationship. In order to optimize treatment for patients with atopic dermatitis, it is important to note the impact that it has on quality of life. By implementing patient counseling, sleep-targeted therapies, and the use of quality of life (QoL) indices, atopic dermatitis patients and caregivers have the potential to experience greater satisfaction with treatment.

KEYWORDS:

Atopic dermatitis; Quality of life; Sleep impact; Stress

PMID:
29063432
DOI:
10.1007/978-3-319-64804-0_7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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