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Pediatric atopic dermatitis: the importance of food allergens.
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PMID:  18620138     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Food allergy and atopic dermatitis often occur in the same patients. Food-induced eczema may be perceived as a controversial topic because the immunologic mechanisms have yet to be fully elucidated. Nevertheless, published clinical studies have clearly demonstrated that foods can induce symptoms in a subset of patients with atopic dermatitis. Those at greatest risk are young children in whom eczematous lesions are severe or recalcitrant to therapy. Allergy testing can be helpful but must be applied judiciously. A medical history obtained by a skilled and knowledgeable health care provider is of paramount importance to interpret test results appropriately. Finally, the implementation of proper dietary avoidance can improve symptoms and provide safety from potentially fatal anaphylaxis. However, if inappropriate prescribed, elimination diets can have significant negative nutritional and social consequences.
Jennifer S Kim
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Seminars in cutaneous medicine and surgery     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1085-5629     ISO Abbreviation:  Semin Cutan Med Surg     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-07-14     Completed Date:  2008-12-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9617260     Medline TA:  Semin Cutan Med Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  156-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Allergens / immunology*
Dermatitis, Atopic / etiology*,  immunology
Food Hypersensitivity / complications*,  immunology
Risk Factors
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