Scientists recently discovered what triggers the painful skin condition, eczema. Today, there’s no cure for eczema, but scientists continue to conduct studies that may lead to finding one. Eczema, a skin condition resulting in a dry, itchy skin, makes sufferers uncomfortable and often embarrassed by the appearance of their skin. According to the National Eczema Association, about 31.6 million people suffer from eczema. At least 17.8 million people suffer with moderate to severe eczema in the United States alone. However, scientists have discovered what triggers this skin condition, which may eventually lead to the discovery of a new eczema treatment as discussed in the Independent.
Eczema Treatment: The Road to Finding A Cure
Scientists have come a step closer to developing a cure for eczema after discovering how a deficiency in the skin’s natural barrier can trigger the painful condition.
Eczema, which causes the skin to become dry, red and itchy, affects one in five children and one in 12 adults in the UK, according to the National Eczema Society.
Flare-ups can be treated with creams and steroids, but there is currently no cure for the disorder.
How can this recent discovery lead to finding a cure?
First, scientists needed to pinpoint the root cause of eczema. Hopefully, this will lead to discovering a true cure for the painful skin condition, so doctors can eliminate the cause rather than just treating the symptoms of the disease. As discussed in the article, knowing what happens to the skin when it lacks filaggrin could lead to designing a new drug to boost filaggrin production, which would prevent eczema from occurring.
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With this recent discovery, eczema sufferers should feel hopeful about the progress researchers are making. However, it will take time to see what these new findings will lead to.
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