Prevalence of Atopic Dermatitis Among Korean Adults Visiting Health Service Center of the Catholic Medical Center in Seoul Metropolitan Area, Korea

J Korean Med Sci. 2010 Dec;25(12):1828-30. doi: 10.3346/jkms.2010.25.12.1828. Epub 2010 Nov 24.


The point prevalence of atopic dermatitis (AD) among Korean adults visiting the Health Service Center for health check-ups was assessed. AD was diagnosed based on the questionnaires filled by patients and through physical examination by dermatologists. A total of 3,563 persons completed the questionnaires, and 2,032 persons were examined by the dermatologists. According to the questionnaires, the prevalence of AD was 7.1%, and from the dermatologists' examination, it was 2.6% overall, which decreased with age significantly. The prevalence in men was higher than that of women. Grading the severity of AD according to their eczema area and severity index scores, 70.6% were classified as being mild, 25.5% moderate, and 3.9% severe. Interestingly, concomitance of psoriasis and AD was found in 0.5% of those examined by the dermatologists. Our results suggest that AD is one of the most common skin diseases not only in children but also in adults in Korea.

Keywords: Adult; Dermatitis, Atopic; Hanifin and Rajka criteria; Physical Examination; Prevalence; Psoriasis; Questionnaires; Severity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / complications
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / diagnosis
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Hospitals, University
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Psoriasis / complications
  • Republic of Korea / epidemiology
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Sex Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires