Atopic dermatitis is a common skin condition that affects 10% to 20% of children in industrialized countries and urban Africa.1 It can occur in adults but occurs mostly in young children.
Of children with atopic dermatitis, approximately 50% first develop symptoms in their first year of life and 30% between ages 1 and 5.1
Although older studies have shown that most children outgrow the condition, more recent studies report that many people continue to have relapses or to have the condition, although not as severely, as teenagers and adults.2
People with a history of atopic dermatitis often have other allergic conditions. For example: