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Atopic Disease

Atopic diseases refer to a range of allergic conditions that have a common underlying cause involving IgE.

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Summary of Atopic Disease

Atopic diseases are allergic reactions that have a common underlying cause involving IgE, an immunoglobulin produced by the immune system whose main role[1] is to help repel certain types of parasites. The word “atopy” comes from the Greek meaning “out of place”; people with an atopic disease have an out-of-place immune reaction to certain allergens.

Many atopic diseases occur during childhood, the most common[2] being eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis — skin inflammation often causing dryness, rashes, and itching), allergic rhinitis (inflammation of the nose and throat with symptoms including a runny nose and sneezing), asthma, and food allergies. Genetics can play a role in the chance of a child getting an atopic disease, and since atopic diseases share a common underlying cause, if a child gets one atopic disease, their risk of developing another increases.

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