The Atopic Triad is a term used when a person has a combination of atopic dermatitis (eczema), asthma, and allergic rhinitis (hay fever). A common occurrence where some people have two of these diseases and others suffer from varying degrees from all three. The Atopic Triad is a challenging combination of environmental health issues that affect millions of people living in the US and worldwide according to a collaborative study by the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America and the National Eczema Association.
Children suffering from eczema typically have what is called flareups from environmental, dietary and other health conditions including stress that are called triggers. The exact origins and degree of sensitivity of these triggers vary case to case but include everything from dust, pollen, gluten, and other including food allergies like dairy, peanut, eggs, and gluten. These triggers are often common to all three - eczema, asthma and hay fever.
Although the exact connection is still not known for what links eczema to asthma, hay fever, and food allergies. The National Institute of Health research verifies that there is a hereditary genetic connection. Approximately 60% of children that have a family history of allergies such as hay fever and/or asthma are more likely to have eczema and vice versa. This hyperallergic connection is called Atopy Syndrome, which is a family’s predisposition to developing one or more of these allergic conditions. Some young children with severe eczema benefit from food allergy testing and the potential removal of certain specific foods from their diet to control the frequency and severity of eczema flareups.
A research study published in the US National Library of Medicine – National Institute of Health indicates that people with eczema, asthma, and hay fever have a change to a gene called filaggrin, a protein that keeps the skin moist. Without enough of this protein, the skin loses moisture and becomes dry and itchy – classic symptoms of eczema. The lack of filaggrin also causes a dysfunctional skin barrier that lets in contact and airborne allergens like dust mites, dander, and pollen. Common triggers for asthma and hay fever flareups.
A research article in the AAAAI’s publication, The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI), offers current insights into how allergic disease typically progresses in young children and what conditions may indicate a higher risk of further development. According to the article’s author Maxwell M. Tran, BHSc, “the progression of allergic disease in childhood is often referred to as the “Atopic March” which describes how infants with eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, are more likely to develop hay fever, asthma or other allergic disease compared to infants without eczema.” This study looks further into how allergic sensitization in infancy in combination with atopic dermatitis may heighten the risk or allergic disease.
Eczema is a chronic skin condition where the skin becomes dry, red, very itchy and a rash may appear. There will be times when the skin is worse or better. Eczema flareups may be activated by temperature changes, illness, stress, exposure to allergens such as pollen, dust mites, and pet dander and food allergies.
Figure 1: Eczema Skin Rash
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Asthma is a chronic disease that makes breathing difficult. The air pathways that carry oxygen to the lungs become inflamed from various allergens that irritate the airways resulting in a temporary narrowing and making it difficult to breathe. Typical symptoms for asthma include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Asthma flareups can be caused by cold air, physical activity, dust mites, perfume, smoke, and some common cleaning products.
Figure 2: American Academy of Allergy and Asthma
Hay fever typically affects people during the spring and summer season. Classic symptoms are itchy eyes, runny nose. sneezing and headaches. Hay fever’s triggers are most often pollens from grass, trees, and plants, as well as spores from molds and fungi.
Figure 3: Atopic Triad - Hay Fever and Seasonal Pollen
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