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Climate Affecting Atopic Dermatitis, Study Shows

Posted: January 28, 2009

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Who has dermatitis?

Dermatitis, or atopic eczema, is a chronic disease of the skin that affects a very high proportion of the population. According to the data from the Spanish Pediatric Association (Asociación Espanola de Pediatría), one out of every 20 children has dermatitis, and its incidence has increased, “probably due to a high concentration of irritants in the atmosphere,” according to the study.

Atopic dermatitis turns areas of the skin red on which tiny blisters form (eczema). It usually appears during the first years of life, although not before three months of age, and then reduces in intensity and duration slowly as it grows. The disease can also appear in adults, and varies in location, depending on age. Both environmental factors as well as genetic predisposition are involved in this disease.

“The problem is that the set of criteria for diagnosing dermatitis is complex as there are various schools of thought, and usually it is accompanied by nappy rash or other types of lesions. The difference is that atopic dermatitis suggests that the origin of the disease is entirely unknown,” concludes the author.

Adapted from materials provided by Plataforma SINC, via AlphaGalileo.