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Dramatic rise in eczema

23rd March 2009

According to research which reviewed 9 million GP records, the number of eczema cases in England is rising substantially.


A paper by scientists at the University of Edinburgh found a 42% increase in cases of the condition between 2001 and 2005. The number of people with eczema in 2005 was 5.7 million.

The paper, which was published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, said eczema affected one in nine people in England.

The number of prescriptions issued went up by more than half (57%) during the study and GPs gave patients 13.7 million prescriptions in 2005. 

Boys aged 5-9 years were found to have the most cases of the condition.

Study leader Professor Aziz Sheikh, chair of the allergy and respiratory research group at the University of Edinburgh, said he was expecting to see an increase but was surprised at the sharp rise.

"What's quite striking is the very high proportion of people who are getting eczema, it's an incredibly common disorder."

"Why eczema is important is increasingly we think eczema is a herald condition for individuals to go on to develop other allergic conditions, such as asthma and allergic rhinitis."

He added that some people may be genetically predisposed to develop the condition, but environmental causes such as soaps, detergents and baths could also be contributing factors.


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Tuesday 24th March 2009 @ 14:56

Eczema is body's last resort to get rid of all harmfull chemiclas from the processed food and by-products of over-active intestinal bacteria and fungus.
Eating natural foods and balanced diet is the best remedy.

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Title: Dramatic rise in eczema
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 10702
Date Added: 23rd Mar 2009


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