The National Eczema Association has released results of a survey of patients with eczema and their caregivers that found that at least one in five children with eczema, including atopic dermatitis, will be bullied at school because of the disease, according to a press release.

“Medically treating and managing eczema is important – but so are understanding and addressing the psychosocial challenges of this disease,” Amy Paller, MD, director of the Northwestern University Skin Disease Research Center, stated in the release “The recent [National Eczema Association (NEA)] survey correlates with research I’ve co-authored in the past, showing a link between bullying related to chronic eczemas and a decrease in self-esteem and self-confidence. This can have tremendous long-term impact on their lives.”

The NEA survey also found that more than 75% of patients with children who have been bullied due eczema reported that the child had experienced lower self-esteem as a result, according to the release.

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