The association between atopic dermatitis and hand eczema.


Dr Anil Ganjoo    16 December 2017

Atopic dermatitis (AD) and hand eczema (HE) are common chronic and relapsing inflammatory skin conditions that often concur.

A new study published in The British Journal of Dermatology systematically reviewed published literature for the association between AD and HE in PubMed, Embase, and Web of Science. This meta-analysis included 26 relevant studies to examine the association between AD and the point-, one-year- and lifetime prevalence of HE, respectively.

The results revealed that AD was associated with an increased prevalence of HE with respect to point-, one-year-, and lifetime prevalence. Additionally, positive associations between AD and occupational HE were identified when assessing the one-year- and lifetime prevalence. Consistently, positive associations were elicited in the general population studies.

Therefore, this systematic review and meta-analysis disclosed that patients with AD had a strongly increased prevalence of HE. It was suggested for the clinicians to guide patients with AD away from occupations with high risk of HE.

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