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What is the atopic triad?

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Doctors call these three conditions -- eczema, allergies, and asthma -- the atopic triad because they so often occur together. Up to 80% of children with eczema also have asthma or allergies to pollen, dust mites, pet dander, mold, or certain foods.

SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Eczema in Children," "Testing Standards."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Dust Mite Allergy," "Mold Allergy," "Pollen Allergy."

Flohr, C. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, February 2014.

McLean, W.H. F1000 Reports Medicine, January 2011.

National Eczema Association: "Causes & Triggers," "What About Food Allergies?" "What About Other Allergies?"

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Pollen Allergy."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 14, 2020

SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Eczema in Children," "Testing Standards."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Dust Mite Allergy," "Mold Allergy," "Pollen Allergy."

Flohr, C. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, February 2014.

McLean, W.H. F1000 Reports Medicine, January 2011.

National Eczema Association: "Causes & Triggers," "What About Food Allergies?" "What About Other Allergies?"

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Pollen Allergy."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 14, 2020

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