Eczema Can Persist Long after Childhood, Study Finds
According to a new study published in JAMA Dermatology, children with eczema are likely to keep experiencing intermittent symptom flare-ups through their 20s and even later.
Between 8.7 and 18.1 percent of American children are diagnosed eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis. Generally, eczema first shows up around two-years-old. Its cause remains unknown, but most scientists believe that genes and environmental factors both contribute to its onset.
The researchers analyzed data provided from the Pediatric Eczema Elective Registry of 7,157 people over a period of 10 years. The average age of eczema symptom onset in the study was 1.7 years old. The participants or their parents filled out questionnaires about their symptoms every six months.
The study found that 80 percent of patients reported experiencing continued eczema flare ups, even up to age 26. The researchers also tried to map out periods of remission, but found that 64 percent of participants never went through six months without experiencing an eczema outbreak or having to use topical medication.
“It was not until patients reached age 20 that 50 percent of participants had at least one six-month symptom- and treatment-free period,” the study authors said. However, the researchers did find that “as children got older, they were more likely to have experienced at least one symptom-free and medication-free period.”
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