Image Caption: Skin on this mouse, which has no production of a gene called Ctip2, is heavily inflamed with eczema. Credit: Oregon State University
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online
The discovery of a potential genetic cause for a form of eczema most commonly found in infants could help lead to the development of new treatment options for the inflammatory skin disorder.
The condition, which is known as atopic dermatitis, can lead to long-term swelling, dry and itchy skin, and redness or inflammation. According to the US Library of Medicine, it is due to a hypersensitivity reaction in the skin, similar to an allergy. In fact, those who have the condition might test positive during an allergy test, even though it is not caused by an allergic reaction.
While the condition is most common in babies, millions of adults also suffer from atopic dermatitis. Furthermore, this form of eczema can sometimes cause asthma. That’s what makes a new study, completed at Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis, Oregon and recently published in the journal PLoS One, seem so promising....

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