Prevalence and risk factors of atopic diseases in German children and adolescents
Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, 08/17/2012
Schmitz R et al. – These results are in line with the so–called ‘hygiene hypothesis’, which emphasizes the role of environmental factors in addition to a genetic predisposition in the development of atopic diseases. Research on factors associated with atopic diseases can facilitate decisions on preventive strategies. Further studies are needed to explore trends in prevalence and risk factors for atopic diseases.