Kam Lun Hon*, Samantha Chu and Alexander KC Leung
Allergic skin diseases are highly prevalent among children. Patients with allergic skin diseases experience sociopsychological and quality-of-life (QoL) burdens in excess of those in the general population. Children and their caregivers are especially vulnerable to the burden of many of the common allergic skin diseases. In the past few decades, researchers have developed a number of disease-specific scores and indices for the measurement of QoL for childhood skin diseases. Most of the research in this area has focused on atopic eczema and urticaria and less so on allergic contact dermatitis. We provide an overview of QoL and its assessment for these dermatologic conditions.
Life quality, atopic eczema, allergic contact dermatitis, urticaria
Department of Paediatrics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, The Hong Kong Children’s Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Department of Pediatrics, The University of Calgary, The Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary, Alberta