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Vitamin D Might Help Kids With Eczema

Posted 3 days ago 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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Smoke Exposure Late in Pregnancy Might Boost Baby's Eczema Risk

Posted 4 Mar 2012 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, March 3 – A mother's exposure to tobacco smoke during the last three months of pregnancy may increase the risk that her child will develop the allergic skin condition eczema during infancy, a new study suggests. The study authors pointed out that it is already known that children whose mothers were exposed to tobacco smoke during pregnancy are at a higher than normal risk for developing asthma or respiratory infections. However, previous studies regarding the relationship between smoke exposure and eczema risk came up with mixed results. To investigate the potential connection, the research team focused on more than 1,400 infants between the ages of 2 months and 18 months. The children's families provided information on their history of allergic diseases and the level of environmental tobacco smoke exposure during pregnancy and thereafter. The investigators also noted all ... Read more

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Science Probes How Probiotic Yogurts Affect Your Gut

Posted 26 Oct 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26 – Researchers have put the health promises of popular probiotic yogurts to the test and found they may alter the way in which food is metabolized. But whether that means probiotic foods and supplements can improve your health remains to be seen, they said. "Federal regulatory agencies are increasingly interested in evaluating all the health claims being made by probiotic food manufacturers," said study co-author Dr. Jeffrey Gordon, a biologist and director of the Center for Genome Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis. "So what we did was try to develop a model for the human gut that can give us a way to measure the effects." What they saw, Gordon said, "is that adding a few billion of these microbial organisms to a gut community already containing tens of trillions of bacteria can, in fact, influence the metabolism of food ingredients. ... Read more

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Breast-Feeding Won't Prevent Kids' Eczema, Researchers Say

Posted 24 Aug 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24 – Exclusive breast-feeding of infants for four months or longer does not protect them against developing the itchy skin disorder known as eczema in childhood, new research shows. In exclusive breast-feeding, an infant receives only breast milk, with no additional food or drink, according to the World Health Organization. Exclusive breast-feeding up to 6 months of age is recommended by a number of agencies, including the WHO and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. But until now, little has been known about how prolonged exclusive breast-feeding affects eczema risk in children. Researchers examined data from 51,119 children aged 8 to 12 years in 21 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, and found that those who were exclusively breast-fed for four months or longer were as likely to develop eczema as those who were breast-fed for a shorter ... Read more

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Scientists Close in on Origins of Psoriasis, Eczema

Posted 20 Jul 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 20 – Psoriasis and eczema both cause red, scaly skin rashes, but the similarities between the two common, distressing conditions typically end there. And now, examining patients suffering from both ailments (a very rare phenomenon), German scientists have teased out the opposing immune system responses that prompt skin flare-ups for both diseases. They believe the findings could one day lead to more targeted, effective treatments. The study, published in the July 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, evaluated three patients with both psoriasis and eczema and noted that the T-cells – types of white blood cells that fight infection – found in psoriasis lesions differed from those found in eczema lesions. The findings suggest that these T-cells migrate to the skin in response to distinct environmental triggers, not that the skin cells themselves are abnormal ... Read more

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Kids' Eczema, Hay Fever Linked to Allergic Asthma Later

Posted 20 Apr 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 20 – New research finds that adults who suffered from eczema as children – especially if they also had hay fever – are nine times more likely to have allergic asthma when they're in their 40s. The findings are based on about 1,400 adults who have been followed for five decades as part of Australia's Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study. The study participants were assessed in 1968, when they were 7 years old, and then again in 2004 when they were about 44 years of age. "In this study we see that childhood eczema, particularly when hay fever also occurs, is a very strong predictor of who will suffer from allergic asthma in adult life," lead study author Pamela Martin, a University of Melbourne graduate student at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, said in a university news release. "The implications of this study are that prevention and rigorous treatment of ... Read more

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