Youth with eczema may continue to experience symptoms of the skin condition even until adulthood, according to a recent study HealthDay conducted.
New research suggests that kids with eczema will likely experience flare-ups in their 20s. Researchers said that in some cases people could be dealing with the skin ailment of the entirety of their life. The onset of dermatitis usually begins during childhood, HealthDay reported.
People with eczema typically have sensitive skin that is prone to inflammation, infections and allgergies.
“Based on our findings, it is probable that [eczema] does not fully resolve in most children with mild to moderate symptoms,” researchers wrote in the study.
For the study, researchers looked into the natural history of eczema, utilizing self-reported data from a group of more than 7,000 children taking part of the Pediatric Eczema Elective Registry study to determine how symptoms present themselves over time.
They found that at every age, from two-years-old to twenty six, more than 80 percent of study participants had eczema symptoms or were taking medication for the condition.
Additionally, 64 percent of study participants said they never experienced a six-month period of time when they were not applying medication to their skin. By the age of 20, half of those patients had at least one –six month period where they were symptom free of eczema and treatment according HealthDay.
By the age of 20, however, 50 percent of the study participants had at least one six-month period where they were free of eczema symptoms and treatment, to a journal news release.
conclusion, symptoms associated with atopic dermatitis seem to persist well into the second decade of a child’s life and likely longer,” the researchers wrote. “Physicians who treat children with mild to moderate AD should tell children and their caregivers that AD is a lifelong illness with periods of waxing and waning skin problems.”
The findings were published in JAMA Dermatology.