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Diet and the development of atopic disease

Helm, Ricki M

Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology: April 2004 - Volume 4 - Issue 2 - p 125-129
Pediatric asthma and development of atopy
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Purpose of review The present review addresses the current literature regarding the impact of diet and the development of atopic disease. A search of the literature was carried out covering the following topics: diet and nutrition combined with immediate hypersensitivity, atopy, atopic disease, atopic dermatitis, and food allergy.

Recent findings The search results identified a significant contribution in the form of reviews considering this important topic, which ultimately led to the author's recommendation of these reviews to impress upon readers the impact of the atopy triad: atopic dermatitis to allergic rhinitis and asthma.

Summary A great deal of information exists in the pathomechanisms of atopic disease that will affect the classification of allergic and non-allergic atopic diseases. Increasing data on the genetic, humoral and cellular forms associated with these diseases will provide more clear-cut diagnostic criteria, treatment regimens and a more strict definition of the disease variants.

Department of Microbiology/Immunology, Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

Correspondence to Ricki M. Helm, PhD, Department of Microbiology/Immunology, Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, USA

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.