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ISRN Allergy
Volume 2014, Article ID 354250, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/354250
Review Article

Atopic Dermatitis: Natural History, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Department of Dermatology, Bispebjerg Hospital, Bispebjerg Bakke 23, 2400 Copenhagen NV, Denmark

Received 24 February 2014; Accepted 18 March 2014; Published 2 April 2014

Academic Editors: C. Pereira and Z. Zhu

Copyright © 2014 Simon Francis Thomsen. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory skin disease with early onset and with a lifetime prevalence of approximately 20%. The aetiology of atopic dermatitis is unknown, but the recent discovery of filaggrin mutations holds promise that the progression of atopic dermatitis to asthma in later childhood may be halted. Atopic dermatitis is not always easily manageable and every physician should be familiar with the fundamental aspects of treatment. This paper gives an overview of the natural history, clinical features, and treatment of atopic dermatitis.