Prevalence of atopic dermatitis in Italian schoolchildren: Factors affecting its variation

Luigi Naldi, Fabio Parazzini, Silavano Gallus, Maurizio Leardini, Marialisa Feliciangeli, Danilo Assalve, Luca Stingeni, Ignazio Stanganelli, Serena Magi, Francesco Cusano, Giovanni Sarracco, Grazia Manfredi, Laura Magrini, Anna Di Landro, Giovanni Lo Scocco, Vito Di Lernia, Annalisa Barba, Giampaolo Tessari, Gianfranco Fenizi, Andrea AltobellaPaolo Nardini, Vincenzo De Giorgi, Enrico Pezzarossa, Rossella Morelli, Antonella Frassetto, Andreina Cellini, Oriana Simonetti, Annamaria Offidani, Annarosa Virgili, Maria Rosaria Zampino, Giuliano Cainelli, Pietroandrea Villano, Anna Ausilia, Sonia Ferraiolo, Concetta Flaminio, Raffaele Filotico, Maria Ester Lassandro

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Abstract

The frequency of atopic dermatitis in Italian children and its relationship with selected variables were analysed in a large survey of skin health conducted in Italy. In 1997 we conducted a survey on schoolchildren aged 12-17 years from 13 areas of northern, central and southern Italy. For the present analyses, 3179 Caucasian children (1618 males, 1561 females) were considered. A diagnosis of atopic dermatitis was reported in 224 cases (7.0%). The frequency of reported atopic dermatitis was significantly higher in children with asthma (rate ratio (RR) 4.5; 95% confidence interval (CI) 3.1-6.5). The lifetime prevalence of a diagnosis of atopic dermatitis was higher among schoolchildren reporting a diagnosis of psoriasis (RR 5.5, 95% CI 3.0-10.1) and vitiligo, (RR 16.1, 95% CI 6.5-39.5). This study gives estimates of the lifetime prevalence of atopic dermatitis in adolescents in Italy and emphasizes the direct association between the condition and other immune-related skin diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-125
Number of pages4
JournalActa Dermato-Venereologica
Volume89
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Children
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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    Naldi, L., Parazzini, F., Gallus, S., Leardini, M., Feliciangeli, M., Assalve, D., Stingeni, L., Stanganelli, I., Magi, S., Cusano, F., Sarracco, G., Manfredi, G., Magrini, L., Di Landro, A., Lo Scocco, G., Di Lernia, V., Barba, A., Tessari, G., Fenizi, G., ... Lassandro, M. E. (2009). Prevalence of atopic dermatitis in Italian schoolchildren: Factors affecting its variation. Acta Dermato-Venereologica, 89(2), 122-125. https://doi.org/10.2340/00015555-0591