Researchers led by the University of Bonn have discovered a completely new function of the protein CCL17 – it influences signal transmission in the brain. There may even be a molecular link to autism. The chemotactic protein CCL17 attracts immune cells to where they are needed. Doctors have long known that a high level of… Read more

More than 100 genetic risk factors that explain why some people suffer from asthma, hay fever and eczema have been identified in a major new international study. Dr Manuel Ferreira, who led the work, said this was the first study designed specifically to find genetic risk factors that are shared among the three most common… Read more

A better treatment for eczema could come from an unusual source. Your own body. 10,000 colonies of bacteria found on skin were screened through by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine in an effort to find out how many had of them antimicrobial properties and at what rate these are found… Read more

Patients with moderate to severe eczema have been successfully treated, by Yale School of Medicine researchers, using a rheumatoid arthritis drug recently shown to reverse two other disfiguring skin conditions, vitiligo and alopecia areata. The findings provide evidence of a possible new era in eczema treatment, they say. Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is… Read more

In children allergies are the most common reason for chronic nasal congestion. An estimated one third of all American citizens suffer from one form of allergy or another. Some people turn to allergy shots as an option for effectively managing their eczema flare-ups.

A general practitioner will often refer a patient with eczema to an allergist. An allergist is a doctor who is trained to help pinpoint the source of a patient’s allergy and then help the person to treat the symptoms, thereby reducing how often flare-ups occur.

Allergen Control

Allergy shots are “a form of allergy and asthma treatment in which increasing, controlled doses of an allergen are injected into a patient over a period of time.” The goal behind the use of allergy shots is to increase a patient’s ability to tolerate a particular allergen while at the same time, decreasing the symptoms that come about as a result of an allergic reaction.