Childhood eczema ups adult allergic asthma risk nine foldApril 16th, 2011 - 1:10 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 16 (ANI): A new study has found that children who have eczema, particularly when occurring with hay fever, are nine times more likely to develop allergic asthma in their 40s.
The study, which was conducted by the University of Melbourne, the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Menzies Research Institute and Monash University, reported on evidence from a clinical study of around 1400 grown up participants in the fifth decade follow-up of the Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study (TAHS), which is the largest of its kind in the world.
In the TAHS, participants were assessed about their allergies and childhood environment in 1968, at seven years of age, and were followed up in 2004, at the age of 44.
“In this study we see that childhood eczema, particularly when hay fever also occurs, is a very strong predictor of who will suffer from allergic asthma in adult life,” said lead author Pamela Martin.
“The implications of this study are that prevention and rigorous treatment of childhood eczema and hay fever may prevent the persistence and development of asthma,” added Martin.
The study has been published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. (ANI)
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