Facts About Atopic Dermatitis
Facts about atopic dermatitis include: Approximately 4 out of 100 people in Western countries have the condition, and approximately 15 out of 100 children are affected by it. Scientists estimate that 65 percent of patients develop symptoms in the first year of life. Ninety percent of patients will develop symptoms before age of 5, according to other facts about atopic dermatitis.
Atopic dermatitis is one of the top five conditions seen by skin doctors. While atopic dermatitis usually affects children, some adults continue to have atopic dermatitis throughout their life.
Approximately 4 out of 100 people in Western countries have atopic dermatitis, and approximately 15 out of 100 children are affected by it. However, these numbers are increasing rapidly. It is estimated that between Europe and the United States, more than 60 million people have atopic dermatitis.
Scientists estimate that 65 percent of patients develop symptoms of atopic dermatitis in the first year of life, and 90 percent of patients will develop symptoms before the age of 5. Although symptoms can appear in adulthood, this is less common and is often due to exposure of the skin to harsh or wet conditions. Atopic dermatitis is a common cause of workplace disability, and people who live in cities and in dry climates appear more likely to develop this condition.
In a recent analysis of the health insurance records of 5 million Americans under age 65, medical researchers found that:
- Approximately 2.5 percent had atopic dermatitis
- Annual insurance payments for medical care of atopic dermatitis ranged from $580 to $1,250 per patient
- More than one-quarter of each patient's total healthcare costs were for atopic dermatitis and related conditions.
Researchers project that U.S. health insurance companies spend more than $1 billion per year on atopic dermatitis.