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New Eczema Drug Dupilumab Shows Promise in Early Trials

Posted 10 Jul 2014 by

THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 – A new drug that scientists hope will relieve the debilitating itching of chronic eczema has shown promising results in early trials. Dupilumab, which is injected, interferes with the activity of two key proteins that play a critical role in the inflammatory processes that fuel eczema. A common skin disease, the intense itching and red lesions that are the hallmarks of eczema can become severe enough to lead to skin infections and sleep problems. The drug hasn't been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration yet, and the current research was preliminary. However, the researchers report that early indications suggest that dupilumab is very effective at providing "marked and rapid improvement" for chronic eczema patients. "There's this huge unmet need to treat moderate to severe eczema because at the moment we actually have no FDA-approved therapies," ... Read more

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Dermatitis May Be More Cause Than Effect of Food Allergies

Posted 10 Feb 2011 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 10 – One of the most common forms of eczema, the chronic inflammatory skin disease, may actually precede the onset of food allergies, rather than be the product of existing allergies, new research suggests. This means that parents of children with the specific skin condition, known as atopic dermatitis, should be on the lookout for signs of food allergies in their children. "Considering that 6 to 10 percent of children have atopic dermatitis and that up to one-third of those individuals may have documented food allergy, the number of these children affected by food allergies may be significant," Dr. Jon M. Hanifin, a dermatologist and professor at Oregon Health & Science University, said in a news release from the American Academy of Dermatology. Hanifin presented his team's findings Feb. 4 in New Orleans at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. ... Read more

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Farm Environment, Cats Help Kids Avoid Skin Disease

Posted 8 Dec 2010 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 8 – The children of mothers who were around farm animals and cats during pregnancy are less likely to develop atopic dermatitis in their first two years of life, new European research shows. Atopic dermatitis (also called atopic eczema) is a chronic and painful inflammation of the skin that frequently occurs in childhood. The condition affects up to 20 percent of children in industrialized countries and is one of the most common childhood skin diseases. A research team from the University of Zurich looked at 508 European children from families that lived on farms and 555 children who weren't from farm families in rural areas of Austria, Finland, France, Germany and Switzerland. Along with the first finding, the researchers also identified two genes associated with a child's reduced risk of developing atopic dermatitis in the first two years of life. The findings support ... Read more

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Diluted Bleach Baths Ease Kids' Eczema

Posted 27 Apr 2009 by

MONDAY, April 27 – Diluted bleach baths offer a safe, simple and inexpensive way of treating children with eczema, according to U.S. researchers. The skin disease, which affects 17 percent of school-age children, can affect youngsters' appearance, sleep, and their ability to concentrate in school. Eczema-related itching can be so bad that children sometimes break the skin and get chronic skin infections that can be difficult to treat, the researchers noted. The study, by a team at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, included 31 patients, ages 6 months to 17 years old, with moderate or severe eczema plus a skin infection. Half of the children took diluted bleach baths (half a cup of bleach per full standard tub), while the others had a placebo mixed into their bath water. The children were told to soak in the baths for five to 10 minutes at a time, two ... Read more

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Traditional Chinese Therapy May Help Ease Eczema

Posted 14 Mar 2009 by

SATURDAY, March 14 – Certain traditional Chinese medicine, including tea and acupuncture, may safely and effectively help treat chronic eczema, a new report finds. Use of Erka Shizheng Herbal Tea, a bath additive, creams and acupuncture over eight months greatly reduced the severity of the itchy, red skin condition and improved the quality of life of 14 atopic dermatitis (eczema) patients studied by researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. The patients received the treatment at a Manhattan center for natural health. All but one patient saw at least a 60 percent improvement in eczema severity, based on standard rating scales to measure disease activity, after a little more than three months of treatment. All but one also experienced a 50 percent increase in a quality-of-life questionnaire after about two and a half months of treatment. The use of steroids, antibiotics and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Soothing Eczema

Posted 29 Oct 2008 by

-- Eczema, medically called atopic dermatitis, is a condition that causes patches of itchy, scaly and red skin. Depending on the condition's severity, soothing moisturizers, mild soaps, or wet dressings can help ease symptoms. The U.S. National Library of Medicine says the following conditions can make eczema worse, and should be avoided when possible: Dry skin. Exposing the skin to very warm or hot water for long periods. Exposing the skin to environmental irritants. Stress. Changes in temperature. Sweating. Read more

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