- Pediatric Annals
- October 2010 - Volume 39 · Issue 10: 658-664
A topic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic, pruritic, inflammatory skin disorder that affects approximately 11% to 28% of children in developed countries.1–4 With a prevalence of about 17% in the United States, AD is the most common chronic skin disease in our country.5,6 From 1997 to 2004, an estimated 7.4 million office visits in the United States were for AD.7 Emergent office visits are often due to flares of AD, and many of these exacerbations are related to bacterial or viral superinfection. AD is frequently found in association with asthma and allergic rhinitis (rhino-conjunctivitis), and the three together are often referred to as the “atopic triad.”
Melinda Jen, MD, is a fellow at USCD; and Mary Wu Chang, MD, is Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT.
Dr. Jen and Dr. Chang have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
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