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Category Text Publication
Reference Category Book chapters
DOI 10.1159/000331805
Title (Primary) The hygiene hypothesis does not apply to atopic eczema in childhood
Title (Secondary) New trends in allergy and atopic eczema
Author Cramer, C.; Link, E.; Koletzko, S.; Lehmann, I.; Heinrich, J.; Wichmann, H.-E.; Bauer, C.P.; von Berg, A.; Berdel, D.; Herbarth, O.; Schaaf, B.; Borte, M.; Behrendt, H.; Krämer, U.
Publisher Ring, J.; Darsow, U.; Behrendt, H.
Source Titel Chemical Immunology and Allergy
Year 2012
Department IMMU
Volume 96
Page From 15
Page To 23
Language englisch

There is evidence that environmental factors are important for the development of eczema. Different mechanisms have been discussed in the literature, the best known of which is the hygiene hypothesis. However, epidemiological data give reason for questioning this hypothesis with regard to childhood eczema. We present results from two German birth cohort studies (LISAplus and GINIplus) concerning regional prevalence patterns of eczema and the association of eczema with day care center attendance and older siblings. Our findings are not in line with the hygiene hypothesis and question its validity with regard to eczema. It seems reasonable to assume that the effect of environmental factors is somehow disease-specific.

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Cramer, C., Link, E., Koletzko, S., Lehmann, I., Heinrich, J., Wichmann, H.-E., Bauer, C.P., von Berg, A., Berdel, D., Herbarth, O., Schaaf, B., Borte, M., Behrendt, H., Krämer, U. (2012):
The hygiene hypothesis does not apply to atopic eczema in childhood
In: Ring, J., Darsow, U., Behrendt, H. (eds.)
New trends in allergy and atopic eczema
Chemical Immunology and Allergy 96
Karger, Basel, p. 15 - 23 10.1159/000331805