Children with asthma and frequent wheezing will be more likely to have a rash over time and be more likely to require the use of topical medications to alleviate their rash, according to results of a new study.

Investigators studied data on 2104 children from the Pediatric Eczema Elective Registry who were assessed for asthma, wheeze frequency, and AD skin symptoms at enrolment and after 3 years.

At enrollment, 76.3% had experienced one or more episodes of wheezing in the previous 6 months, and this proportion increased to 88.7% at follow up. Children with a diagnosis of asthma were 30% and 40%, respectively, less likely to have been rash free over the preceding 6 months than those without a history of asthma.

Furthermore, an increased frequency of wheezing episodes was associated with a reduced likelihood for being rash free over the previous 6 months.

“Our data suggest that the presence of asthma correlates with poorer AD disease control (ie, more likely to have persistent rash),” the authors concluded. “In addition, the frequency of wheeze in asthmatic patients also correlates with the persistence of rash.”