Eczema: researchers discover a “new approach” to treat sensitive skin


Most people with eczema, especially atopic dermatitis, tend to develop sensitive skin before the age of five. Symptoms include dry, itchy skin. The Mayo Clinic noted that “red to brownish gray spots” can appear on the skin. Also, for some people, small raised bumps may appear that leak fluid and form a scab when scratched.

Dr Granville added, “Previous work had suggested that Granzyme B levels correlated with the degree of itching and severity of disease in patients with atopic dermatitis.

“Our study provides evidence that topical drugs targeting Granzyme B could be used to treat patients with eczema and other forms of dermatitis.”

A common treatment for eczema is corticosteroid creams, which can “lighten the skin” when used for a long time.

Thin skin is said to be more prone to damage and infection, which is why research has looked into new areas of treatment, such as targeting the enzyme Granzyme B.

However, the researchers see “great promise in this line of research and are pursuing new clinical trials on granzyme B and granzyme B inhibitors.”

During this time, to help relieve any sensitive skin caused by atopic dermatitis, you can:

  • Using emollients
  • Topical corticosteroids
  • Antihistamines.

The NHS added that it would be helpful to avoid known triggers and wear medicated bandages.

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