Review: Link for physical activity, atopic dermatitis unclear

Review: link for physical activity, atopic dermatitis unclear
(HealthDay)—The correlation between physical activity and atopic dermatitis (AD) is unclear, according to a research letter published online Sept. 19 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

A. Kim, and Jonathan I. Silverberg, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, conducted a systematic review of the literature and a meta-analysis to examine the between AD and vigorous physical activity. Seven articles with eight studies were included in the final analysis; five of these were included in the meta-analysis.

The researchers observed a positive correlation between AD and physical activity in three studies, an inverse correlation in three studies, and no correlation in one study. There were no studies of the correlation between exercise or physical activity and eczema severity. In a meta-analysis of four studies with 61,974 patients, 8.7, 8.8, and 23.8 percent of those with less than once weekly exercise, at least once weekly exercise, and at least three times weekly exercise, respectively, had a history of AD. In random-effects models, neither nor exercise at least once or three times weekly was associated with AD.

"Future studies are needed to address the knowledge gaps about the association of AD and ," the authors write.

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Sep 27, 2015
I lift weights and jog and notice that if I haven't jogged in a while, I get itchy skin. My guess is that if you haven't done much cardio, your skin isnt adapted to the frequent shaking. I'm guessing that the body produces more protein to improve skin elasticity in response to , or the skin adapts to become tougher or more dense in response to the friction from clothes scratching the skin; similar to a person such as a diabetic that develops thick skin after several shots. The inflammation could also be influenced by low vitamin c or anti inflammatory intake.

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