The burden of atopy and asthma in children

Authors


Professor E. J. O'Connell
1948 Westfield Court SW
Rochester
MN 55902–1065
USA

Abstract

Background:  There has been a world-wide increase in the prevalence of atopic diseases. These atopic diseases, including asthma, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and atopic eczema/dermatitis, are common in childhood and create a challenge of management for physicians and parents.

Methods:  MEDLINE was searched for articles related to atopy, allergy asthma, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and atopic eczema/dermatitis.

Results and conclusions:  The conditions of asthma, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and atopic eczema/dermatitis cause very significant burdens regarding the discomfort to the affected individual, management problems for the parent and physician and the economic cost to the family and the nation.

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