Severe Eczema Linked to Lasting Milk, Egg Allergy in
SATURDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) -- Children with more severe
cases of the skin condition known as eczema are less likely than
others to outgrow their milk or egg allergy, the results of a new
Unlike peanut or seafood allergies, children often outgrow
allergies to egg and milk, according to a team of researchers from
Duke University Medical Center, Johns Hopkins University School of
Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, National Jewish Health
Center, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,
and the University of Arkansas Medical School.
The study included more than 500 children, aged 3 months to 15
months, with egg or milk allergy. They were assessed for eczema and
categorized as "none-mild" or "moderate-severe." Eczema, also often
called atopic dermatitis, usually takes the form of swollen,
irritated, itchy skin.
During two years of follow-up, milk allergy was outgrown by 46
percent of children with none-mild eczema at enrollment, compared
with 25 percent of those with moderate-severe eczema, the
The study also found that 39 percent of children with none-mild
eczema outgrew their egg allergy, compared with 21 percent of those
with moderate-severe eczema.
The study was scheduled for presentation Saturday at the annual
meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
(AAAAI), in San Francisco.
"These findings will help clinicians caring for infants with eczema and milk or egg allergy, and provide more accurate advice to parents about the likely course of their child's milk or egg allergy," study author Dr. Robert A. Wood, chief of pediatric allergy and immunology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said in an AAAAI news release.
Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the
findings should be viewed as preliminary until they are published
in a peer-reviewed journal.
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