Report from the American Academy of Dermatology Conference
Atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema, is a common skin condition, and is estimated to impact between 10-15% of Canadians. The prevalence in Canada is an estimate, as we do not have recent Canadian epidemiological data. We often have to rely to on European or US data for estimates, however some experts in Canada believe that our harsh winters and fluctuating temperatures could actually mean higher rates for Canadians.
Atopic dermatitis was among 24 skin diseases that were examined for the Burden of Skin Diseasereport by the American Academy of Dermatology that examines the prevalence and economic burdens of various skin conditions. The report used 2013 US health care claim data, and found that:
- One in four individuals sought care for a skin disease
- Nearly half of patients who sought care for their atopic dermatitis were children under the age of 18
- Individuals living with atopic dermatitis experience substantial loss of productivity for themselves and/or their caregivers
From the Eczema Society of Canada