Atopic dermatitis can be triggered by a range of mechanisms, and trigger avoidance should be encouraged to help control disease activity. Triggers for atopic dermatitis include:
Some controversy persists with the role of food allergens in the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis. Around 50–70% of children with early-onset atopic dermatitis are sensitive to one or more allergens, with these typically being a food allergen (Nutten, 2015; Avena-Woods, 2017). In infancy, food allergens contribute to approximately 40% of atopic dermatitis cases, but do not cause it (Avena-Woods, 2017). Instead, food allergies are co-associated with, or an exacerbating factor, for atopic dermatitis (Nutten, 2015).
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