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Researchers at a university in Japan have found that a certain protein, called endothelial PAS domain protein 1 (EPAS1), plays a part in producing a cytokin, interleukin 31 (IL-31).
IL-31 has been shown to make the itch feel itchy. Some previous research showed that in atopic dermatitis patients the levels of IL-31 in the body can be more than 10 times higher.
Doctors are now looking to find a medicine that can inhibit the production of EPAS1, so less IL-31 is produced.
Happy New Year. My first blog post of 2017 is to share that What Is Eczema? has finally become a part of the wonderful world of Twitter.
It's been a long time coming and I hope you decide to come over and follow me :)
I'm looking forward to tweeting, re-tweeting and sharing anything interesting or informative.
I hope to see you over there :)
Everyday in the run up to Christmas a post will be added to the What Is Eczema? Facebook page.
There will be recipes, present ideas, tips and just some little bits of fun.
If you'd like to join in just pop over to the Facebook page by clicking on the link. See you over there :)
If you're looking for a delicious christmas pudding that doesn't contain any wheat or dairy, look no further.
The link will take you to the December 2014 edition of the Eczema Bulletin. Just scroll down to Tip of the Month to find the recipe and a couple of photos I took of my attempt :)
You'll notice that there is potato in the list of ingredients...don't let that put you off.
Seasonal eczema can be affected by any weather, it depends on the individual. You cant control the weather but you can control how you limit the effect that the weather has on your skin
The TalkingEczema tool has been developed in the UK, and it is hoped that it will help patients tell their doctor how their eczema is impacting their life.
The patient fills in a questionnaire, and a graph is produced using the answers which will help the doctor get a full picture of the patient's well-being.
It is hoping that the tool will help provide a more personalised treatment plan for eczema sufferers.
A pilot was done with the tool and has had some positive results, with all patients saying that they'd recommend the tool to other eczema sufferers.
There is a website about it which says that it is for healthcare workers, www.talkingeczematool.co.uk, and you can also read more about it below
Your baby’s eczema and sleep, or lack of, can have an effect on each other. Getting their sleeping environment and routine right can make a big difference
What is hay fever, and how can you reduce the affect it has on your life. Prevention and treatment can help to make the few months of the year, when you would rather stay in than go out, easier
Is there a link between breastfeeding and eczema? It’s a question that has been asked many times, and you can find some of the answers here
Children are given immunisations to keep them healthy and free from certain diseases. As a parent you want to know if they could affect your child's eczema