Role of food allergy in atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory skin disease that affects up to 10% of children. The rash has a typical distribution as seen above. Many children with atopic dermatitis go on to develop other allergic diseases such as food allergy, asthma or allergic rhinitis.

Food allergy has been demonstrated to provoke atopic dermatitis in ~35% of patients. Milk, egg, wheat, soy and peanut accounts for 75% of the cases of food-induced atopic dermatitis. It is important to consult with an Allergist to determine what foods are contributing to worsening atopic dermatitis. An appropriate food elimination diet along with proper medical care will ensure control of this disease. With appropriate care, children can outgrow their food allergy over 1-3 years and a qualified Allergy & Immunology specialist can determine if these foods can be safe to eat.


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