AD is not only skin deep but can have a profound influence on the life of AD patients. As Prof. Jonathan Silverberg of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine pointed out, a substantial proportion of patients will also have sleep disturbance due to the intense itching associated with AD .
This is demonstrated by a US survey of 91,642 children up to the age of 17. About 10% of children with only mild to moderate AD had more than four nights of disturbed sleep per week, a percentage that climbed to more than 20% for children with severe AD . Severe eczema was also associated with a higher prevalence of other comorbid chronic health disorders including asthma, hay fever, and food allergies (P<0.0001). In addition, the severity of eczema was directly related to the severity of the comorbidities . Are adult AD patients better off? Obviously not, as a 2012 US Health Interview Survey of 34,500 adult patients demonstrated: “Even adult patients with mild A...
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