Tobacco smoke exposure and atopic dermatitis

Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke is associated with the development of adult-onset atopic dermatitis, according to a new study

The researchers measured tobacco smoking and environmental exposure to tobacco smoke in 83 patients with adult-onset atopic dermatitis.
Multiple logistic regression analyses revealed that current and long-term history of smoking were significant risk factors for developing atopic dermatitis in adults.

Non-smokers who developed adult-onset atopic dermatitis had significantly greater exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. These results suggest that adults should be discouraged from smoking to prevent atopic dermatitis in themselves and their families.
Lee CH, Chuang HY, Hong SK et al. Br J Dermatol 2011; 164: 483-9

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