About half of patients with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis will develop asthma and about three-quarters will develop allergic rhinitis, according to Dr. Spergel.

It’s pretty clear that children with atopic dermatitis — especially moderate-to-severe disease — are at risk for what researchers call the atopic march, according to Jonathan Spergel, M.D., chief of the Allergy Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a speaker for the National Eczema Association.


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