22. Epidemiology of Atopic Dermatitis

  1. Alan D. Irvine MD, FRCPI, FRCP3,4,
  2. Peter H. Hoeger MD5,6 and
  3. Albert C. Yan MD, FAAP, FAAD7,8
  1. Carsten Flohr BM, BCh, MRCPCH, MSc, PhD1 and
  2. Hywel C. G. Williams MSc, PhD, FRCP2

Published Online: 24 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444345384.ch22

Harper's Textbook of Pediatric Dermatology, Volume 1, 2, Third Edition

Harper's Textbook of Pediatric Dermatology, Volume 1, 2, Third Edition

How to Cite

Flohr, C. and Williams, H. C. G. (2011) Epidemiology of Atopic Dermatitis, in Harper's Textbook of Pediatric Dermatology, Volume 1, 2, Third Edition (eds A. D. Irvine, P. H. Hoeger and A. C. Yan), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444345384.ch22

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

  2. 4

    Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

  3. 5

    University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

  4. 6

    Catholic Children's Hospital Wilhelmstift, Hamburg, Germany

  5. 7

    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

  6. 8

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Paediatric Allergy and Dermatology, St John's Institute of Dermatology, St Thomas' Hospital and King's College London, London, UK

  2. 2

    Centre of Evidence-Based Dermatology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 MAY 2011
  2. Published Print: 3 JUN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405176958

Online ISBN: 9781444345384



  • atopic dermatitis;
  • epidemiology


Interest in the epidemiology of atopic dermatitis has risen in recent years because the disease prevalence is on the increase, and because atopic dermatitis can be a very miserable and costly long-term condition. Since atopic dermatitis tends to be the first allergic disease to develop in early life, an increasing number of birth cohorts have studied the condition alongside food allergies, hay fever, and asthma in order to understand the relationship between these diseases. This chapter provides an overview of the epidemiology of atopic dermatitis, highlighting some of the important developments and gaps in current knowledge from classical descriptive epidemiology to immunological and genetic findings in cohort studies.