Mexico (EFE) .- After atopic dermatitis, a skin disease which is characterized by dryness, redness and itching, causes depression and anxiety in & # 39; six of 10 patients, which affects the quality of life and even lead to thoughts & # 39; suicide, specialists told today.
Affect the quality of life
"It is a disease, it is estimated, affects 10% of the child population and approximately 3.8 million adults in Mexico. Because its symptoms, patients see their lives affected to various socio-economic reasons that this condition entails, "said Angelica Beirana dermatologist.
The specialist noted that, like acne, the atopic dermatitis is one of the The main causes of dermatologic consultation in Mexico.
Both have a strong impact on self-esteem of patients because they tend to be treated and discriminated against because of their appearance.
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Discrimination and harassment
According to a study by the Mexican Dermatology Foundation & # 39; patients suffering from this disease, 60% had depression, 90% anxiety and 85% had significant itching.
Furthermore, mainly because itching your times are affected sleep, b & # 39; & # 39 on average, 2.5 hours less than the general population.
Similarly, 27% of patients suffer physical or psychological harassment, mainly children, and 11% feel discriminated against because of the appearance of their skin.
Symptoms and recommendations
"One of the features of & # 39; this disease is present skin and bleeding wounds"Explain allerġista María de Jesús Vázquez.
Although treatment, f & # 39; mild and moderate cases, usually based on skin moisturization and drugs, mainly steroids and kortisun, about 2% of patients fail to control the disease.
"At least 60% of cases are mild, 15% severe and moderate rest, but often self-medication and the lack of & # 39; follow-up treatment to prevent patients from having good control of & # 39; this condition ", said dermatologist Linda Garcia, president of the Mexican Academy of Dermatology.
The specialist said that patients should have special care to control this condition how to use special soap, clean only with & # 39; hot water in a short time, use cotton clothing, avoid sweating and changes in & # 39; blow temperature.
The specialists asked the population to be aware of the symptoms, especially itching is the main indicator of & # 39; this disease and also invited to join #BajoMiPielDA campaign, intending to inform and raise awareness about this disease.
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