Title

Atopic Dermatitis in Adults

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1-2020

Journal

Medical Clinics of North America

Volume

104

Issue

1

DOI

10.1016/j.mcna.2019.08.009

Keywords

Atopic dermatitis; Burden; Comorbidities; Eczema; Epidemiology; Treatment

Abstract

© 2019 Elsevier Inc. Atopic dermatitis (AD) was once thought to be a benign childhood disease that remitted with increasing age. However, recent studies have transformed the understanding of AD, particularly in adult patients. AD is common in adults and can lead to substantial disability by negatively affecting sleep, mental health, and quality of life. There seem to be different genetic, immunologic, and epidemiologic risk factors for AD in adults than in children. This article examines the pathophysiology, epidemiology, heterogeneous clinical presentation, burden, diagnosis, and treatment of adult AD.

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