Pediatr Allergy Respir Dis.  2011 Jun;21(2):74-77.

Epidemiologic Study and Risk Factors of Atopic Dermatitis

  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Konkuk University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


Atopic dermatitis (AD) is one of the most common chronic childhood skin diseases affecting up to 30% of children in the Korea. The point prevalence of AD has increased based on validated questionnaires in the most recent update of the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood. The evaluation of risk factors of AD is very important to develop the therapeutic strategies of AD. Many risk factors were studied to evaluate the relationship with the prevalence of AD. However, the results were quite different depending on methods of study, study population, and country. The further objective and well designed prospective epidemiologic studies are required to confirm these outcomes because the environmental and risk factors may be different among the countries according to their living cultures.


Atopic dermatitis; Risk factors; Epidemiologic studies
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