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February 2000

The Prevalence and Incidence of Atopic Dermatitis in a Birth Cohort: The Importance of a Family History of Atopy

Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(2):274-275. doi:

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common disease, but population-based incidence data on AD are scarce. In previous studies, we examined 413 children aged 1 year from a birth cohort of 1800,1,2 and for the current study reexamined this same sample of children 3 years later, when they were aged 4 years to estimate the incidence of AD in our community. We analyzed the influence of parental atopy on the prevalence of AD in their children. We used the Hanifin and Rajka3 and the UK Working Party's4 diagnostic criteria for diagnosing AD. Ethical approval was obtained by the Leicester Ethics Committee.