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Relationship Between Atopic Dermatitis and Food Allergy

Author(s):

Olga Domínguez*, Ana María Plaza and Montserrat Alvaro   Pages 1 - 8 ( 8 )

Abstract:


Consistent evidence has been found about the relationship between food allergy (FA) and atopic dermatitis (AD) in some children. Food sensitization can be often found in these patients. Allergy should be confirmed, though, with a food challenge test (FC) before advising a restrictive diet which could be harmful for the patient. Younger children with AD frequently show sensitization to egg, milk or peanut, while older ones and adults are more often sensitized to environmental allergens such as house dust mites, moulds, animal dander or pollens. It is well known that a barrier disturbance plays a main role in the development of sensitization and allergy. Therefore, and due to the early appearance of AD, preventive newborn skin care with emollients and early introduction of food appear to be very important to favor food tolerance.

Keywords:

Atopic dermatitis, food allergy, oral food challenge, food sensitization, Food-triggered aopitc dermatitis

Affiliation:

Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, Barcelona, Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, Barcelona, Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, Barcelona



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