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How do other illnesses affect atopic dermatitis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Atopic dermatitis appears to have some connection to certain other conditions. People who have this common skin condition are more likely to develop asthma, hay fever, and certain other conditions. However, it's not known whether having asthma or hay fever causes atopic dermatitis or worsens its symptoms. Researchers still have a great deal to learn about how other illnesses affect atopic dermatitis. 

Most illnesses don't directly affect atopic dermatitis. With that being said, if you suffer from asthma, hay fever, or any other allergies, you have a higher risk of developing the condition. Also, if you have atopic dermatitis, it is likely that you'll end up with a skin infection at some point. If you notice new symptoms or suspect infection, see your doctor.

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