What is the role of hygiene in the etiology of atopic dermatitis (eczema)?

Updated: Aug 02, 2019
  • Author: Brian S Kim, MD, MTR, FAAD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The hygiene hypothesis is touted as a cause for the increase in AD. This attributes the rise in AD to reduced exposure to various childhood infections and bacterial endotoxins. [31, 32]


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