The epidemiology of atopic diseases in Germany: an east-west comparison.

@article{Trepka1996TheEO,
  title={The epidemiology of atopic diseases in Germany: an east-west comparison.},
  author={M J Trepka and Joachim Heinrich and H Erich Wichmann},
  journal={Reviews on environmental health},
  year={1996},
  volume={11 3},
  pages={119-31}
}
This review summarizes studies comparing the epidemiology of asthma, allergic rhinitis, and atopic dermatitis in eastern versus western German populations. These studies clearly revealed that the prevalence of physician-diagnosed allergic rhinitis was higher in western Germany than in eastern Germany. The rate for asthma also tended to be higher in western than in eastern populations, whereas a tendency for less atopic dermatitis was found in western German children. When sensitization rates… CONTINUE READING