A Ray of Hope for Eczema sufferers
Latest eczema research 2017-2018
If you’ve been struggling with eczema all your life, you probably feel as if you’ve reached the end of the road. All the hopes you had of a cure might have dissipated over the years and you kind of feel that what is remaining is hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Latest eczema research 2017-2018 is of real interest to me. As a dad who is suffering from eczema and with a 19 year old son struggling with the same, I totally understand your feelings.
The last thing you want as a dad suffering from eczema is imagining your son going through the same experience, the anxiety, unwarranted cases of bullying, the anxiety, and embarrassment, just to mention but a few. I know that a lot of people out there suffering from eczema have resigned themselves to fate and you’ve lost all hope of a cure. As a caring dad who wants the best for his son, that’s not an option for me.
The strides made in eczema research keep me sane and hopeful of a better future. A future where a cure will be unveiled and not a single person will have to suffer from eczema or grapple with the ridicule, the discomfort, the resentment, and the shame that is characterized with this condition. The tempo on eczema research has been upped and in as much as you might not be too optimistic, the knowledge that currently over 40 studies are being carried out with the sole aim of getting a cure for eczema gives me every reason of a bright future. A future where eczema will be a thing of the past, where gloom and shame are non-existent and a future where I can go out with my son and have fun without worrying what others think of us.
So what is being done on the research front about eczema?
Are there any breakthroughs with the Latest eczema research 2017-2018? What is the focus of the research? As a dad who has had to grapple with eczema all my life and having a son battling the same, any advancements on the latest eczema research 2017-2018 are of great interest to me.
As regards eczema research, scientists have narrowed it to the mechanics of the disease (this is purely focused on the physical symptoms of the condition such as reasons for itchiness, skin rehydration and so on and so forth) and the emotional aspect of the condition (basically focuses on the impact of eczema beyond the physically manifested symptoms. Here we look at the psychological effects, how it brings about anxiety and depression just to mention but a few). We have published an article on this recently. Eczema and depression – How to cope
While the two kinds of research mentioned above have been the major focus of the scientists, the need for a cure seems to have gained traction and this explains why eczema research in 2017 has been all about clinical trials with the sole objective of finding new treatments that could once and for all, bring to an end the devastating condition that is eczema. How I look forward to the day a cure will be unveiled!
KEEP THE FAITH!
I fashion myself as the optimistic kind of guy. I love to look at the glass as half full as opposed to half empty. I believe that hope is key if we’re going to look forward to a day when eczema will be a thing of the past. This explains even though year after year a cure is yet to be unveiled, I remain positive that it’s just a matter of “when” rather than “if”.
I can’t afford to be pessimistic as I look forward to a day when my son and I will be eczema free. Will the cure come in my lifetime? I’m not sure, but I hope it comes in my sons lifetime. This, in essence, explains why am so enthusiastic about the Latest eczema research 2017-2018 and the eczema treatments currently in development.
That said, I am also quite aware of the fact that treatment development is taxing, costly, complicated and can take over a decade for any given drug or therapy to hit the marketplace. Irrespective of this, I have no doubt that a day will come when eczema will be a thing of the past. Scientists continue to up their game and if the recent news of the eczema treatments in development is anything to go by, the future is without a doubt promising and bright.
If you are like me and passionate about the topic of eczema, you probably want to know of the research carried so far and the highlights of the same. In light of this, what are some of the highlights of eczema research?
Nail biting, thumb sucking and its relation to the development of atopic dermatitis
I bet you’ve never thought that the habit of biting nails or sucking thumbs could actually help us have a clear picture of atopic dermatitis? Well, the beauty of science is that it strives to make sense of things we normally don’t pause to mule over.
Eczema research has over the years been all about trying to find a remedy for atopic dermatitis. Atopic eczema is, in essence, a chronic form of eczema whose existence is characterized by two other discomforting conditions; (hay fever and asthma). Simply put, if you have hay fever, asthma or related to a family member who does, there are high chances that you are at risk of developing atopic dermatitis.
A study carried out was keen on establishing whether kids who bite nails or suck their thumbs had a considerably lower risk of developing atopic dermatitis, hay fever, and asthma. The reason behind this study was informed by the fact that the aforementioned habits have the direct impact of increased exposure to microbes. This study is being carried out by Stephanie Lynch of Dunedin School of Medicine in New Zealand Read the research!
The findings of the eczema research found out, and positively so, that children with the habit of sucking their thumbs or biting their nails were less likely to develop atopic dermatitis or allergic reactions such as asthma compared to children who did not engage in the aforementioned habit. The study did not, however, establish whether the aforementioned habits had the impact of reducing incidences of atopic dermatitis, asthma or hay fever.
AD (Atopic Dermatitis) has a correlation to ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
A study/survey carried out on 34,613 adults and 354,416 children in the age bracket of 2 to 17 years concluded that there was an association between AD and ADHD. It established that adults and children suffering from Atopic Dermatitis have a higher chance or risk of ultimately developing ADHD. The risks were even higher in individuals who had AD beside hay fever, insomnia, and Asthma.
Safety of crisaborole ointment in the topical treatment of AD in both children and adults
Crisaborole ointment has the impact of effectively reducing or rather control the production of an enzyme known as PED4. Clinical studies established that crisaborole ointment was not only an effective but also safe treatment for individuals with moderate or mild eczema. Children and adults who partook in the clinical trials showed a tremendous improvement in their condition not to mention a drastic reduction in symptoms associated with eczema such as scratched lesions, itchiness, weepy rash, redness just to mention but a few.
In fact, crisaborole was such a success that after the clinical trial, an application was filed for the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to approve it for the treatment of eczema in individuals with moderate and mild atopic dermatitis. The approval request was granted by FDA on the 14th day of December 2016.
The final take!
As a dad struggling with eczema and a 19-year-old son grappling with the same, I must admit that such breakthroughs give me the hope that soon and very soon, a cure for eczema will be found. I have to remain strong and encourage not only my son but also scores of individuals dealing with atopic dermatitis that contact me daily, that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
My message to them is that they should not despair, that they should have hope and believe that it’s only a matter of time before eczema becomes a thing of the past. It doesn’t matter how dejected you are, how low people can make you, the resentment you’ve had to deal with or how severe your symptoms are. What you need to do is be steadfast in the thought that 40 studies are currently being carried out behind the scenes. Live positively, avoid negativity and be positive that a cure is on the horizon. The Latest eczema research 2017-2018 proves this.
We cannot afford to give up. It is only going to get better from here on. More trials will be done, existing treatments will be improved, extreme symptoms will be a thing of the past and depression cases will be drastically reduced. Don’t give up just yet. There is a glimmer of hope on the horizon!
Do your part, help fund raising for studies. Do whatever you can, from fundraising to just offering helpful support through writing blogs, social media or helping a friend who suffers. Always be positive!