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Epidemiology of atopic dermatitis

G Todd


Epidemiological studies on atopic dermatitis, primarily performed in children, have shown that the one-year prevalence rate of symptoms is population and area dependent. The few studies that have been done in South Africa among children of different age groups showed one-year prevalence rates of 1 - 13.3%. In adults, the burden of disease is significant. The prevalence rates and age-related percentages of those affected vary between the countries where studies were undertaken. While about 60% of cases show spontaneous clearing by puberty, the condition may recur in adults.


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G Todd, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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South African Medical Journal 2014;104(10):710. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.8843

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Date submitted: 2014-08-20
Date published: 2014-08-22

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