Atopic dermatitis (AD), also called eczema, is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that is genetically transmitted and affects 10-20% of the pediatric population and 1-3% of the adult population.
1Less than 20% of adults with AD have the onset of disease after adolescence.
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- Nicklas R.A.
- Li J.T.
- et al.
Disease management of atopic dermatitis: an updated practice parameter.
Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2004; 93: S1-S21
2It is important for the primary care physician to understand how to diagnose and manage this condition as well as when to refer the patient for specialty consultation.
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- Bieber T.
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Diagnosis and treatment of atopic dermatitis in children and adults: European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology/American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology/PRACTALL Consensus Report.
J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2006; 118: 152-169
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- Disease management of atopic dermatitis: an updated practice parameter.Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2004; 93: S1-S21
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Richard D. deShazo, Allergy and Immunology Section Editor
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Authorship: All authors had access to data and had an equal role in writing this manuscript.
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