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What increases my risk for atopic dermatitis?

Children are most at risk for developing atopic dermatitis. Nine out of 10 cases develop before the age of five. That risk is increased further if you suffer from hay fever, asthma, or food allergies, or if any of your family members suffer from any of those conditions. Harsh climates can also increase your risk. Atopic dermatitis is more prevalent in cities and dry climates. Other factors that may increase your risk for atopic dermatitis include wearing abrasive clothing, over bathing, or using the wrong soap.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Children are at the highest risk for developing atopic dermatitis. Most people who develop the condition do so before the age of five. A family history of atopic dermatitis, asthma, or hay fever increases the likelihood that a person will develop atopic dermatitis. A person's environment may also play a role: Children in developed countries—especially cities with high air pollution levels—are more likely to develop atopic dermatitis. Living in a cold climate also seems to increase the risk. Females are slightly more likely to develop atopic dermatitis than males. And women who give birth to a child late in their childbearing years are more likely to have a child with atopic dermatitis.

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