The Link Between Atopic Dermatitis (eczema), Food Allergy, Allergic Rhinitis (hay fever) and Asthma.

Both owners of AD RescueWear have children with Atopic Dermatitis (eczema), Food Allergy and Asthma so we thought a Blog article on the Allergic Triangle would be helpful for our customers. Many children that have Atopic Dermatitis (eczema) also have Food Allergy, Allergic Rhinitis (hay fever) and Asthma. Knowing about this potential link can help you discover your child’s triggers and ultimately help you control their eczema symptoms. If you have questions about your child’s possible triggers or symptoms, please discuss with your child’s doctor. The link between Atopic Dermatitis (eczema), Food Allergy, Allergic Rhinitis (hay fever) and Asthma are either called the Allergic Triangle, the Atopic March, Allergic March, Allergic Triad and Atopic Triad. The Diagram below is a helpful visualization of this link.

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology discusses the link between Atopic Dermatitis (eczema), Food Allergy, Allergic Rhinitis (hay fever) and Asthma on their website (http://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/conditions-a-to-z-search/Atopic-March.aspx). They call this link the Atopic March and they describe it as: Atopic March, sometime called Allergic March, refers to the natural history or typical progression of allergic diseases that often begin early in life. These include atopic dermatitis (eczema), food allergy, allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and asthma.

A study done in 2007 by Roger Kapoor, MD, MBA, Chandrakala Menon, PhD, Ole Hoffstad, MA, Warren Biker, PhD, Patricia Leclerc, MA, and David J. Margolis, MD, Phd. looked at the frequency of these comorbidities (comorbidities are two or more diseases existing at the same time in the body) in children with Atopic Dermatitis (eczema). http://www.jaad.org/article/S0190-9622(07)01062-6...

Their results found that in all, 71.3% reported at least one additional form of atopy (symptoms of asthma or allergic rhinitis). A total of 33.3% reported only symptoms of asthma or allergic rhinitis whereas 38.0% reported symptoms of asthma and allergic rhinitis. By age 3 years, nearly 66% reported at least one additional form of atopy.

The below graph is frequently used to show the typical progression of these diseases over time in a large population and helps to describe the link between Eczema, Asthma and Rhinitis.

If you think your child has a link between Atopic Dermatitis (eczema), Food Allergy, Allergic Rhinitis (hay fever) and Asthma please discuss with your child’s doctor or an allergist. Understanding the link is the first step in getting your child’s disease and symptoms under control.  The next step is finding out your child's triggers.  If you can avoid your child's eczema triggers, you can minimize their symptoms.  Then treating your child's eczema through the soak and seal process and wet wrap therapy can be more effective.

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