Incidence of Staphylococcus aureus on the skin was found in a greater percentage of patients with atopic dermatitis compared with healthy controls, according to research presented at the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology-World Allergy Organization World Allergy and Asthma Congress in Milan.
Researchers studied 40 patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) and healthy controls to determine S. aureus skin colonization. The patients with AD were divided into three age groups to compare colonization distribution patterns. S. aureus was detected on the skin of 42.5% of AD patients and 7.5% of controls (P=.0003.)
The face (in patients aged 2 years and younger), flexor areas (in patients aged 3 to 12 years) and extremities (in patients aged older than 12 years) were the most commonly involved skin areas with S. aureus colonization.
“Further studies are needed to investigate the clearance of S. aureus from the skin of AD patients using anti-staphylococcal treatment,” the researchers concluded.
For more information:
Pezeshkpoor F. Abstract 1211: Skin Colonization with Staphylococcus Aureus in Patients with Atopic Dermatitis. Presented at: EAACI-WAO World Allergy and Asthma Congress 2013; June 23-26, Milan.