If your child suffers from eczema, there may be serious relief coming within the next three to five years.
Clinical trials happening right now at Mount Sinai in NYC on new drug treatments that can ease the itching and discomfort of eczema (also called “atopic dermatitis.”) The hospital’s research has identified biomarkers — a measurable sign of the body’s response — for current non-specific treatments, which will help the disease be more clearly identified and treated.
Dr. Emma Guttman-Yassky, Associate Professor of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, has identified new cytokines — proteins that affect inflammation — made by new types of white blood cells. She says there are several pathways that could trigger eczema, and they are studying different drug therapies to target those pathways. She expects that new eczema treatment drugs will be available in the next 3-5 years.
Between 4 – 7 percent of adults in the U.S. suffer from eczema, and a staggering 15 – 20 percent of children.
Over-the-counter drugs are currently available to ease eczema symptoms, and there are simple things you can do every day to help. The National Eczema Association recommends taking lukewarm baths or showers with a mild soap (or non-stop cleanser), gently patting your skin dry, and putting on moisturizer right away to lock in the moisture.
Wear cotton or soft fabrics — and avoid tight, itchy clothes — and run a humidifier in dry or cold weather. You can also try wet wraps to ease the itching.