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Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a long-lasting, itchy inflammatory condition of the skin which may become red, dry, blistered, crusted, scaly or thickened.

Eczema can affect any part of the skin but most commonly manifests in parts of the body where skin folds are found such as the elbows or backs of the knees. The cause of eczema is not yet known but it is thought to involve an inherited tendency towards sensitive skin.

Although eczema can flare up for no apparent reason, sufferers may notice particular triggers that seem to worsen their condition. Some common examples are allergens such as pollen, house dust mites or pet fur, irritants such as detergents and soaps and rough clothing fabrics such as wool. Rarely, certain foods such as milk, eggs, wheat or nuts may trigger a flare-up.

Although eczema cannot be cured, it can be controlled by avoiding any known triggers of the condition. A range of medications are also available to help control symptoms and emollients in the form of creams, lotions, or oils can prevent dehydration of the skin and help it repair as well as relieving itchiness.

In the UK, up to 20% of children and up to 10% of adults have eczema and the condition is equally common in men and women.
Canadian researchers pinpoint new gene linked to peanut allergy

Canadian researchers pinpoint new gene linked to peanut allergy

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BSACI’s new guidelines enhance diagnosis and management of peanut allergy

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Hard water may contribute to development of eczema by damaging skin barrier

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Eczema patients’ lack of disease knowledge could lead to misinformed treatment choices

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Tackling food allergies: is immunotherapy the answer?

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Protein that protects fetus during pregnancy could help treat atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis can affect adults more profoundly than younger patients

Atopic dermatitis can affect adults more profoundly than younger patients

Existing drugs could offer new way to treat severe inflammatory skin conditions

Existing drugs could offer new way to treat severe inflammatory skin conditions

Nagoya University researchers define new category of genetic skin diseases

Nagoya University researchers define new category of genetic skin diseases

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Maternal sugar intake during pregnancy may increase allergy risk in offspring

Ondek raises capital to develop new treatment for childhood allergy

Ondek raises capital to develop new treatment for childhood allergy

New hope for eczema from nitric oxide

New hope for eczema from nitric oxide

Genetic mutation could be cause of severe eczema, research finds

Genetic mutation could be cause of severe eczema, research finds

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Researchers discover mutations in CARD11 gene that lead to eczema

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Delayed food introduction may increase likelihood of allergy in later childhood

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Cancer treatment may be effective therapy for psoriasis

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Cosmetic makers harness microbiome to help treat skin conditions

Scientists identify how key skin barrier protein drives development of eczema

Scientists identify how key skin barrier protein drives development of eczema

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