[Burden of atopic dermatitis in adults]

Ann Dermatol Venereol. 2017 Dec;144 Suppl 5:VS23-VS28. doi: 10.1016/S0151-9638(18)30088-7.
[Article in French]


Atopic dermatitis may have a very important impact on adults. Visible lesions, but especially near-permanent pruritus or sometimes pain for decades, necessarily have consequences on all aspects of everyday life, including sleep, and professional, social, family and emotional life. Financial consequences are also possible. Poorly known, stigmatisation can be real. Treatments can be very demanding. Thus, the quality of life can be greatly altered and atopic dermatitis could be a heavy burden. The psychological consequences can be major. Co-morbidity appears more and more as a major problem. Patients can therefore be caught in an infernal circle, consequences of the disease aggravating the disease. The best way out is probably to have very effective and well-tolerated treatments.

Keywords: Atopic dermatitis; Burden; Depression; Dermatite atopique; Dépression; Fardeau; Quality of life; Qualité de vie; Stress.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cost of Illness
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / complications
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / economics
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Quality of Life
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / etiology
  • Social Stigma