Cold weather prompts more health care utilization in atopic dermatitis

Jacobs, S.
Dermatology Advisor. 2018.

There are many aggravating factors that impact patients with atopic dermatitis (AD), one of which is weather. This is indicated by the number of patients that seek medical attention for their condition throughout the year. “Health care utilization in patients with AD was highest in the winter and spring. Outside temperature was the environmental variable with the strongest association with health care utilization.” Other environmental variables were also linked. “Associations between AD health care utilization and hours of cloud cover were generally positive, whereas hours of bright sunlight were generally inversely associated.”

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