Immunology

Adjusting diet has pros and cons for treating eczema, study says

People with mild or moderate eczema may gain some relief from their condition by adjusting their diets, but there are important downsides that make diets for eczema not a choice to take lightly, says McMaster University researcher ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Scientists identify sensor underlying mechanical itch stimulus

Scientists at Scripps Research Institute have identified a protein in sensory nerves that works as a key detector of itch—specifically the "mechanical" itch stimulus of crawling insects, wool fibers, or other irritating ...

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Eczema

Eczema is a disease in a form of dermatitis, or inflammation of the epidermis. The term eczema is broadly applied to a range of persistent skin conditions. These include dryness and recurring skin rashes which are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching and dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding. Areas of temporary skin discoloration may appear and are sometimes due to healed lesions, although scarring up is rare. In contrast to psoriasis, eczema is often likely to be found on the flexor aspect of joints.

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