The burden of atopy and asthma in children

Allergy. 2004 Aug;59 Suppl 78:7-11. doi: 10.1111/j.1398-9995.2004.00563.x.

Abstract

Background: There has been a world-wide increase in the prevalence of atopic diseases. These atopic diseases, including asthma, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and atopic eczema/dermatitis, are common in childhood and create a challenge of management for physicians and parents.

Methods: MEDLINE was searched for articles related to atopy, allergy asthma, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and atopic eczema/dermatitis.

Results and conclusions: The conditions of asthma, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and atopic eczema/dermatitis cause very significant burdens regarding the discomfort to the affected individual, management problems for the parent and physician and the economic cost to the family and the nation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Asthma / complications
  • Asthma / economics
  • Asthma / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Conjunctivitis, Allergic / complications
  • Conjunctivitis, Allergic / economics
  • Conjunctivitis, Allergic / epidemiology
  • Cost of Illness
  • Dermatitis, Atopic* / complications
  • Dermatitis, Atopic* / economics
  • Dermatitis, Atopic* / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Prevalence
  • Quality of Life
  • Respiratory Hypersensitivity* / complications
  • Respiratory Hypersensitivity* / economics
  • Respiratory Hypersensitivity* / epidemiology
  • Rhinitis, Allergic, Perennial / complications
  • Rhinitis, Allergic, Perennial / economics
  • Rhinitis, Allergic, Perennial / epidemiology
  • Rhinitis, Allergic, Seasonal / complications
  • Rhinitis, Allergic, Seasonal / economics
  • Rhinitis, Allergic, Seasonal / epidemiology
  • United States / epidemiology