After scientists discovered what is triggering the skin condition, cure for eczema may finally be found! Currently doctors can only treat the symptoms of eczema not the cause.
Nick Reynolds, Professor of Dermatology at Newcastle University said: “We have shown for the first time that loss of the filaggrin protein alone is sufficient to alter key proteins and pathways involved in triggering eczema.
“This research reinforces the importance of filaggrin deficiency leading to problems with the barrier function in the skin and predisposing someone to eczema.”
Nina Goad of the British Association of Dermatologists said: “This latest research from Newcastle is crucial as it expands on our knowledge of how filaggrin impacts on other proteins and pathways in the skin, which in turn trigger the disease.
“This type of research allows scientists to develop treatments that target the actual root cause of the disease, rather than just managing its symptoms. Given the level of suffering eczema causes, this is a pivotal piece of research.”
The research was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.