A cure for eczema may finally be on the horizon, after scientists discovered what is triggering the debilitating skin condition.Around one in 10 adults and 20 per cent of children in Britain suffer from eczema, a complaint which causes the skin to become, itchy, red, cracked and painful.
Until now, doctors have only been able to treat the symptoms, but Newcastle University has found that a missing protein called filaggrin is responsible.
Eczema Plagues Millions
Millions of people suffer from eczema all over the world. Many people grow out of it, but a good portion of adults continue to suffer from its effects. These dryness and itchiness of the skin, causing red blotches than can crack and cause much dismay.
Loss Of Protein
According to a lead researcher in the study, ‘We have shown for the first time that loss of the filaggrin protein alone is sufficient to alter key proteins and pathways involved in triggering eczema. This research reinforces the importance of filaggrin deficiency leading to problems with the barrier function in the skin and predisposing someone to eczema.’
A Potential Cure
The researcher admitted this may lead to a cure, saying ‘This is both exciting and welcome research for those suffering with eczema and the doctors who treat them. Better understanding of the pathophysiology of eczema will aid development of targeted treatments for this condition.’
Another tip that the lead researcher gives people is to stay away from latex gloves. The heat and the material can cause irritation. In addition, she says that stress can also be a factor in triggering eczema. This is crucial information for eczema sufferers.
Another thing you might not have thought about is using soap. The first thing that many eczema sufferers think of doing when they get an outbreak of eczema is to wash their hands. But this researcher says that soap can actually dry out your hands.
Many people might be confused at reading about this because in their opinion, there already exists a cure for eczema: Steroid creams. But this researchers says that such things can be harmful, and shouldn’t
There’s Hope Yet
Three percent of adults suffer from eczema, and while that might not seem like a large number, it still amounts to millions of people. It’s something that is handed down through the generations, and people have no control over it. It’s about time we get a cure.