Researchers have discovered a way to help skin cells produce a people of protective substances eczema usually do not have.
experts said they hope the discovery will help prevent or create new treatments for atopic eczema, which affects about one in five children and one in 20 adults in the UK.
also called atopic dermatitis, the condition causes itchy lesions that can lead to broken skin with increased susceptibility to infection.
can have a severe impact on the lives of people, work and sleep.
conventional treatment with steroid creams can have side effects, and become less effective over time, a natural therapy can prevent.
suffer from eczema are at increased risk of carrying the bacteria known as Staphylococcus aureus on the skin, which can. infected skin lesions and damage the skin barrier
A recent study revealed 70 percent of eczema patients are colonized with the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus – including MRSA – in skin and many people wear all the time.
patients with more severe disease had a higher risk of being colonized.
people with eczema also may not produce a protective naturally occurring compound in their skin cells known as human beta-defensins 2 (hBD2).
researchers found that the compound is of vital importance in preventing damage to the barrier of the skin caused by Staphylococcus aureus.
hBD2 They found that when applied to skin cells grown in the laboratory, which helped keep the skin intact, with cells that strengthen protection against damage caused by bacteria.
Dr. Donald J Davidson, a researcher at the University of MRC MRC Edinburgh center for research of inflammation, who led the study, said: “This is a great opportunity to work with something the shaped body produces naturally to develop new therapies for atopic eczema, which affects the lives of many people. ”
experts said that the skin should be imagined as a brick wall that acts as a barrier to the environment.
If the bricks are slightly deformed or cement is not strong enough, the brick wall is not as hard as it should be.
This means that more water can get out, leading to dry skin, and environmental irritants in the environment can enter.
We know that people with eczema have a weaker barrier function.
The study is published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.