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Having Eczema Won't Make You Shorter

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

-- 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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Researchers Focus on Eczema-Food Allergy Link

Posted 19 Jul 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 19 – The skin disease eczema may be an important factor in the development of food allergies in infants, a new British study suggests. The breakdown in the skin barrier that occurs in eczema could play a key role in triggering food sensitivity in babies, the researchers from King's College London and the University of Dundee said. "This is a very exciting study, providing further evidence that an impaired skin barrier and eczema could play a key role in triggering food sensitivity in babies, which could ultimately lead to the development of food allergies," Dr. Carsten Flohr, of King's College London, said in a college news release. The researchers said the discovery suggests that food allergies may develop via immune cells in the skin rather than in the gut and that the findings indicate that eczema may be a potential target for preventing food allergies in children. A ... Read more

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Health Tip: Help Prevent Hand Eczema

Posted 9 Jul 2013 by Drugs.com

-- Hand eczema is characterized by itchy, red, dry and tender hands. It may surprise you to learn that "dishpan hands" are a form of hand eczema. The National Eczema Association suggests how to prevent or minimize symptoms of hand eczema: If symptoms are flaring, keep your hands as dry as possible. When washing hands, use a gentle, perfume-free cleanser and a little lukewarm water. Gently blot them dry and quickly apply a moisturizer. Don't use a hand sanitizer when hand eczema is flaring. Protect your hands with gloves when working with food or water. Wear cotton gloves while doing chores around the house. Don't wear rings while doing housework or washing hands. Ask someone else to shampoo your hair. Or use waterproof gloves. Read more

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Dog DNA May Yield Clues to Human Eczema

Posted 10 May 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 10 – A gene associated with eczema in dogs has been identified, and that might one day lead to better treatments for people with the skin disease, a new study contends. The skin of patients with eczema – whether canine or human – is easily irritated by allergens such as pollens, house mites and certain foods. This irritation leads to itching, scratching and flaky skin that is vulnerable to infections. Examining the DNA of dogs, the researchers found that a genetic region associated with eczema contains the gene PKP-2, which produces a protein important for the formation and proper functioning of skin structure. The finding suggests that an abnormal skin barrier is a potential risk factor for eczema, the study authors said. "With the help of pet owners, we have managed to collect a unique set of DNA samples from sick and healthy dogs, which allowed us to gain insight into ... Read more

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Kids on Medicaid May Face Barriers to Eczema Treatment

Posted 3 May 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 3 – Many Medicaid-insured children with eczema have limited access to dermatologists, a new study finds. In conducting the study, researchers posed as parents trying to schedule an appointment for their child with eczema. Unlike children with private insurance, Medicaid-insured children often had to provide a written referral or identification numbers before an appointment could be scheduled. Eczema most often affects children. The condition causes itchy, red, cracked and dry skin. Eczema can also disrupt sleep and negatively affect behavior and quality of life. "The purpose of this study was to compare access to dermatologists for new pediatric patients with eczema insured by Medicaid versus private plans," study first author Dr. Sofia Chaudhry, an assistant professor of dermatology at Saint Louis University and a practicing dermatologist, said in a school news release. ... Read more

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Fast Food Tied to Asthma, Eczema and Hay Fever in Kids

Posted 14 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 14 – Kids who eat fast food three or more times a week are likely to have more severe allergic reactions, a large new international study suggests. These include bouts of asthma, eczema and hay fever (rhinitis). And although the study doesn't prove that those burgers, chicken snacks and fries cause these problems, the evidence of an association is compelling, researchers say. "The study adds to a growing body of evidence of the possible harms of fast foods," said study co-author Hywel Williams, a professor of dermato-epidemiology at the University of Nottingham, in England. "Whether the evidence we have found is strong enough to recommend a reduction of fast food intake for those with allergies is a matter of debate," he added. These finding are important, Williams said, because this is the largest study to date on allergies in young people across the world and the ... Read more

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Prenatal Exposure to Common Household Chemical Linked to Eczema

Posted 27 Jun 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 27 – Babies born to women who were exposed to the common household chemical butyl benzyl phthalate (BBzP) during pregnancy are at greater risk for childhood eczema, new research suggests. BBzP is used in vinyl flooring, artificial leather and other materials, and can be released into the air, the researchers said. "While hereditary factors, allergens and exposure to tobacco smoke are known to contribute to the condition, our study is the first to show that prenatal exposure to BBzP is a risk factor," study author Allan Just, a postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health, said in a news release from Columbia University, where the research was conducted. Just and his colleagues from the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health measured urine concentrations of BBzP during the third trimester of pregnancy for more than 400 black and Dominican ... Read more

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