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Medical Bills Another Burden for Eczema Patients: Study

Posted 4 Mar 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 – Eczema isn't just a painful, chronic problem for many – it's a big drain on the pocketbook, too, a new study finds. Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago report that adults with eczema have higher health costs and more health care-related problems than those without the skin condition. That finding didn't surprise dermatologists. "When their skin is not properly managed and cared for, their disease may flare – resulting in significant itch and discomfort, leading to a lack of sleep and decreased productivity at home and at work," explained Dr. Katy Burris, a dermatologist at North Shore-LIJ Health System in Manhasset, N.Y. About 10 percent of adults and nearly 11 percent of children in the United States have eczema, but there has been little research into the costs associated with the disease, according to the study ... Read more

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Exposing Babies to Peanuts May Help Curb Allergy Risk

Posted 23 Feb 2015 by

MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 – Giving peanut products to infants at high risk for peanut allergy may reduce the risk of developing the allergy by 80 percent, a new study suggests. For years, the conventional wisdom was to avoid giving peanuts to infants who were at risk for developing an allergy to them. And although that recommendation was retracted in 2008, many parents continued to avoid giving peanut products to their infants, said lead researcher Dr. Gideon Lack, from the department of pediatric allergy at King's College London in England. "However, eating peanut [products] in the first year of life protects against the development of peanut allergy in a high-risk group of children," he said. "This is the exact opposite of what was recommended." Babies who have a high risk of developing a peanut allergy are those who have severe eczema and/or have an allergic reaction to eggs, Lack said. ... Read more

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Could a Dishwasher Raise Your Child's Allergy, Asthma Risk?

Posted 23 Feb 2015 by

MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 – Hand washing dishes instead of using a machine to wash dishes may reduce children's risk of developing allergic conditions, such as asthma or eczema, according to a new study. These findings are the latest to lend support to the "hygiene hypothesis." This theory suggests that early exposure to many different microbes may keep the immune system working properly. If the immune system is working well, the theory is that it won't mistakenly go after harmless substances as happens in allergies. "We have only tested an association between dishwashing methods and risk of allergy, but the findings fit well with the hygiene hypothesis. And there are studies showing that hand dishwashing very often is less effective than machine dishwashing in reducing bacterial content," said lead author Dr. Bill Hesselmar, an associate professor of allergy at Queen Silvia Children's ... Read more

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Eczema Cream for Children Not a Cancer Risk, Study Finds

Posted 18 Feb 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 – A cream used to treat the skin condition eczema in children does not appear to increase the risk of cancer, according to a study funded by the maker of the cream. Researchers looked at nearly 7,500 children in the United States who were given an average of 793 grams of pimecrolimus (Elidel) cream to treat eczema and were followed for 10 years. As of May 2014, five cases of cancer were diagnosed among the children: two leukemias, two lymphomas and one bone cancer. There were no cases of skin cancer, the researchers said. Based on the findings, "it seems unlikely" that pimecrolimus cream as used in the study to treat eczema is associated with an increased risk of cancer, lead researcher Dr. David Margolis, from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and colleagues concluded. The study was published online Feb. 18 in the journal JAMA Dermatology and was ... Read more

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Eczema Linked to Other Health Problems

Posted 23 Jan 2015 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 – Adults with eczema – a chronic, itchy skin disease that often starts in childhood – may also have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a new study. This increased risk may be the result of bad lifestyle habits or the disease itself. "Eczema is not just skin deep," said lead researcher Dr. Jonathan Silverberg, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. "It impacts all aspects of patients' lives and may worsen their heart-health," he said. The researchers found that people with eczema smoke and drink more, are more likely to be obese and are less likely to exercise than adults who don't have the disease. The findings also suggest that eczema itself may increase the risk for heart disease and stroke, possibly from the effects of chronic inflammation, he said. "It was ... Read more

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Health Tip: What's Causing my Child's Eczema?

Posted 5 Jan 2015 by

-- Eczema is a common condition that can cause dry, red and itchy skin. The National Eczema Association says common eczema triggers in children include: Having very dry skin. Having contact with an irritant or allergen, from smoke or pets to detergents. Having a skin infection. Drooling among babies, causing facial eczema. Exposing skin to cold, dry air. Read more

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Having Eczema Won't Make You Shorter

Posted 10 Dec 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 – The skin disease eczema doesn't increase the risk of being short, researchers report. "Childhood eczema is not associated with short stature overall, although severe disease with prominent sleep disturbance is associated with higher odds of short stature in early adolescence," the Northwestern University researchers wrote. Previously, there have been conflicting results in studies looking for a possible link between eczema and height, they said. The current analysis looked at nine past studies. Those studies included almost 265,000 children and teens and more than 80,000 adults, according to the researchers. Overall, the analysis showed that eczema was not associated with significant differences in height. However, a very small number of youngsters with severe eczema who did not get enough sleep appeared to be at increased risk for slower growth. These ... Read more

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Infants With Eczema May Be More Prone to Peanut Allergy: Study

Posted 25 Nov 2014 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 – Exposure to peanut protein in household dust may increase the risk of peanut allergy in infants with the skin condition eczema, a new study reveals. About 2 percent of school-aged children in the United States are allergic to peanuts. And severe eczema in infants has been linked to food allergies, particularly peanut allergy, the researchers noted. The new study included 359 infants aged 3 months to 15 months. The researchers examined the amount of peanut protein the children were exposed to in household dust. The children were at high risk for peanut allergy because they were allergic to cow's milk or eggs, or had moderate to severe eczema and were allergic to cow's milk or eggs. The investigators found that exposure to peanut protein in household dust early in life doubled a child's risk of peanut allergy. The risk was highest among children with eczema, ... Read more

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Eczema Cases Rising Among U.S. Children: Report

Posted 24 Nov 2014 by

MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 – A growing number of children are being diagnosed with the allergic skin condition eczema – but it can usually be eased with topical treatments, according to a new report. Eczema is a chronic condition that usually starts in childhood, and causes patches of skin to become dry, inflamed and often intensely itchy. And, studies have shown, eczema seems to be on the rise. Based on a household survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of eczema among kids younger than 18 rose between 2000 and 2010: from around 9 percent to 17 percent among black children; from 5 percent to 10 percent among Hispanic kids; and from around 8 percent to almost 13 percent among white children. "We don't know for certain why that is," said Dr. Anna Bruckner, one of the authors of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report. Greater awareness of ... Read more

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Eczema Tied to Bone Fracture Risk in Study

Posted 30 Oct 2014 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 – The skin condition eczema may increase slightly the risk of broken bones and injured joints, a new study reports. In a study of 34,500 adults, researchers found that among 7 percent of people who had an eczema flare-up in the past year, 1.5 percent had a bone or joint injury and 0.6 percent had an injury that caused a limitation of function. Compared to people without eczema, those with the skin condition had more than double the risk of having had a fracture or bone or joint injury, according to the study. "Adults with eczema have higher rates of injuries, including fractures and bone and joint injuries," said lead researcher Dr. Jonathan Silverberg, an assistant professor of dermatology at Northwestern University in Chicago. Although this study found an association between eczema and bone and joint injuries, it wasn't designed to prove whether eczema is ... Read more

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Taking a 'Selfie' May Help With Dermatology Care, Study Shows

Posted 22 Oct 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 – While in-office visits may still be best, taking a photo of a skin lesion and sending it to your dermatologist for analysis may be a valuable piece of eczema care, a new study finds. "This study shows something interesting – patients' eczema improved regardless whether they saw the doctor for follow-up in the office or communicated online," said one expert not connected to the study, Dr Gary Goldenberg of New York City. The new technology "gives patients another valuable option of communicating with their doctor," said Goldenberg, who is assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City. The new study was led by Dr. April Armstrong of the University of Colorado, Denver, and published online Oct. 22 in the journal JAMA Dermatology. The study included 156 adults and children with eczema: 78 ... Read more

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Vitamin D Might Help Kids With Eczema

Posted 17 Oct 2014 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 – Daily vitamin D supplements might help children with eczema that gets worse in the winter, a new study suggests. When eczema, a chronic inflammatory skin disorder, flares up in the winter it's known as winter-related atopic dermatitis. Researchers found vitamin D significantly reduced the uncomfortable symptoms associated with this disorder. "While we don't know the exact proportion of patients with atopic dermatitis whose symptoms worsen in the winter, the problem is common," said study leader Dr. Carlos Camargo, of Massachusetts General Hospital's department of emergency medicine. "In this large group of patients, who probably had low levels of vitamin D, taking daily vitamin D supplements – which are inexpensive, safe and widely available – proved to be quite helpful," he said in a hospital news release. A common treatment for severe atopic dermatitis is ... Read more

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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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Childhood Eczema Often Persists Into Adulthood, Study Finds

Posted 2 Apr 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 – Many children with eczema will continue to have symptoms of the skin condition as adults, new research suggests. Although eczema, or "atopic dermatitis," often begins during childhood, the new study found that kids with eczema will likely experience flare-ups into their 20s. In some cases, the researchers added, people could be dealing with the skin ailment throughout their lifetime. "Based on our findings, it is probable that [eczema] does not fully resolve in most children with mild to moderate symptoms," wrote a team led by Dr. David Margolis at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. They said that doctors who treat children with mild to moderate forms of eczema should tell the patient and their caregiver that the illness could be lifelong "with periods of waxing and waning skin problems." One expert said the study gives valuable new ... Read more

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Health Tip: If You Have Hand Eczema

Posted 7 Aug 2013 by

-- Moisturizing is essential for anyone with hand eczema to help ease pain, redness, cracking and dryness. The National Eczema Association suggests how to choose the right moisturizer: Avoid moisturizers that contain a lot of water, as this can dry hands. Choose a thick, greasy moisturizer with few ingredients. Apply petroleum jelly as soon as you've finished bathing, and carry some with you to apply during the day. At night, apply petroleum jelly, and cover with cotton gloves while you sleep. Read more

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