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An allergist's view of atopic dermatitis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3521980     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Based on the disagreements about the role of atopy in the condition known as atopic dermatitis, it is not surprising that there have been divergent views concerning the appropriate treatment of the disease. A large population of physicians, including most dermatologists and some allergists, believe that the fundamental approach to a successful outcome of the dermatitis is to control the itching and to improve the chronic dryness of the skin. Following a completely different approach are physicians, including many allergists, who are convinced that atopic dermatitis usually involves an imbalance of, or an abnormality in, the immunologic system. For this group, one of the main features of treatment is to remove or avoid offending allergens. Because of the demonstrated pathogenic role of food allergy in the majority of patients with eczema, any child with chronic moderate or severe disease that requires daily medications should be considered for allergic evaluation of this disorder. Further studies still need to be performed concerning the role of environmental and food allergens and the early- and late-phase reactions in atopic dermatitis.
B A Berman; W T Kniker; G A Cohen
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Dermatologic clinics     Volume:  4     ISSN:  0733-8635     ISO Abbreviation:  Dermatol Clin     Publication Date:  1986 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-08-18     Completed Date:  1986-08-18     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8300886     Medline TA:  Dermatol Clin     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  55-66     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Dermatitis, Atopic / etiology,  immunology*,  therapy
Diagnosis, Differential
Food Hypersensitivity / immunology
Immunity, Cellular
Immunoglobulin E / immunology
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes / immunology
Infant, Newborn
Radioallergosorbent Test
Skin / immunology
Skin Tests
Staphylococcal Skin Infections / immunology
Reg. No./Substance:
37341-29-0/Immunoglobulin E

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