Fast Five Quiz: Pediatric Atopic Dermatitis

Dirk M. Elston, MD


June 07, 2021

AD nearly doubles the risk for lymphoma. This risk also increases with steroid use, especially for prolonged periods.

Nearly all acute skin lesions are colonized by Staphylococcus aureus, and frequency of infection increases with severity of disease. The most common complication of AD is secondary infection, and during acute flares of chronic AD or in cases that are unresponsive to appropriate therapy, infection may be the culprit.

Environmental allergens can exacerbate flares in susceptible patients, and positive eczematoid reactions have been observed in up to 50% of patients with AD. In addition, AD is often associated with a personal or family history of type I allergies, allergic rhinitis, and asthma.

Even when in clinical remission, patients with AD demonstrate worse sleep disturbances than healthy individuals.

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