Adults with concomitant atopic dermatitis (AD) and asthma have an increased risk for urgent healthcare use, according to a study published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology. Zarqa Ali and colleagues examined differences in healthcare utilization in adults with concomitant AD and asthma versus those with asthma or AD only. Healthcare utilization data were obtained from 2 years before to 5 years after the date of first hospital diagnosis. Data were included for 12,409 patients with AD (11,590 with AD only; 819 with concomitant AD and asthma) and for 65,539 patients with asthma only. The risk for hospitalization for AD and asthma was increased for adults with concomitant AD and asthma compared with those with only AD or only asthma (ORs, 1.38 and 1.16, respectively). Fewer visits in outpatient clinics were seen for AD and asthma (ORs, 0.10 and 0.34, respectively) for patients with concomitant AD and asthma compared with those with only AD or only asthma.
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