Eczema News and Research

RSS
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.
New trial investigates whether using water softeners can reduce eczema risk in babies

New trial investigates whether using water softeners can reduce eczema risk in babies

Atopic dermatitis found to be highly prevalent among adults in the U.S.

Atopic dermatitis found to be highly prevalent among adults in the U.S.

Study reveals surprising link between a viral detection system, gut microbiota, and skin allergies

Study reveals surprising link between a viral detection system, gut microbiota, and skin allergies

New study reveals surprising link between gut microbiota and skin allergies

New study reveals surprising link between gut microbiota and skin allergies

Robert Koch Institute publishes new data on allergies, mental health problems, and accident injuries

Robert Koch Institute publishes new data on allergies, mental health problems, and accident injuries

Paracetamol use in infancy may increase risk of developing asthma by the age of 18

Paracetamol use in infancy may increase risk of developing asthma by the age of 18

New article shines light on shared decision-making between allergists and patients

New article shines light on shared decision-making between allergists and patients

Bee venom may be effective treatment for eczema

Bee venom may be effective treatment for eczema

Good skin care practices can help teens to battle stubborn acne

Good skin care practices can help teens to battle stubborn acne

Changes in TRPV3 genes may have helped mammoths withstand lower temperatures

Changes in TRPV3 genes may have helped mammoths withstand lower temperatures

Advanced sequencing of nasal polyps provides new insights into allergic conditions

Advanced sequencing of nasal polyps provides new insights into allergic conditions

Dermatologist explains whether dietary changes could impact skin health

Dermatologist explains whether dietary changes could impact skin health

People with skin of color experience a variety of skin conditions

People with skin of color experience a variety of skin conditions

Cancer patients receiving anti-PD-1 therapies may experience delayed skin reactions

Cancer patients receiving anti-PD-1 therapies may experience delayed skin reactions

Burdensome symptoms of eczema can lead to impaired quality of life, shows study

Burdensome symptoms of eczema can lead to impaired quality of life, shows study

New analysis reveals link between fast food consumption and increased risk of allergic diseases

New analysis reveals link between fast food consumption and increased risk of allergic diseases

Research sheds light on pathways involved in transmitting itch sensations from skin to brain

Research sheds light on pathways involved in transmitting itch sensations from skin to brain

Study offers new hope for people with atopic dermatitis

Study offers new hope for people with atopic dermatitis

Eczema drug alleviates asthma symptoms and improves lung function

Eczema drug alleviates asthma symptoms and improves lung function

Ozone exposure at birth linked to increased risk of developing asthma in childhood

Ozone exposure at birth linked to increased risk of developing asthma in childhood