There seems to be little doubt that both autism and atopic dermatitis have become much more prevalent in recent years. In neither disorder is the cause nor the reason for the current epidemics entirely understood. We have addressed the hypotheses concerning the atopic dermatitis epidemic elsewhere on this site. Recently, several population-based studies have demonstrated an increased incidence of autism spectrum disorders in children with atopic disorders, including atopic dermatitis.
Both autism spectrum disorders and atopic dermatitis have evidence for genetic underpinnings, and both are thought to be triggered by environmental factors. Both disorders also have in common a barrier defect (blood brain barrier vs. skin permeability barrier) and an immunologic component. [Read more…] about 2018 IID Meeting Update: Deciphering The Link Between Atopic Dermatitis and Autism