Atopic Dermatitis

atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is an autoimmune disease that affects the skin. This common form of eczema is characterized by itchy, dry, flakey, and irritated skin, and can affect women differently over their lifespan. Because the skin is so visible and important to the body’s physiological function, skin diseases can impact a person’s physical and mental well-being and carry a large public health burden. In the United States, an estimated 16.5 million people are affected by atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis occurs similarly in girls and boys; however, in adults, it is more prevalent in women than men. Women also report more severe symptoms and negative impacts on quality of life, both as patients and caregivers.

Atopic Dermatitis is part of the SWHR Autoimmune Network, which engages the following focus areas: Autoimmune Diseases, Alopecia Areata, Atopic Dermatitis, Lupus, and Psoriatic Arthritis.

Program Goals

  • Address the impact of atopic dermatitis on women’s health across the lifespan
  • Review the state of science and explore the best means to further research and develop comprehensive diagnosis and treatment strategies for atopic dermatitis
  • Consider health care policies around autoimmune diseases, based on the science, to improve patient outcomes
  • Develop materials to expand education and raise awareness about atopic dermatitis among women and health care providers

Facts about Atopic Dermatitis

~16.5 million

U.S. adults live with atopic dermatitis


of autoimmune disease patients are women


higher disease burden in females living with atopic dermatitis in high-income countries

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