Eczema: More Difficult to Treat in African Americans

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Results of a study published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology suggest eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is harder to treat and may require higher doses of medicine in African Americans than in Americans who descended from Europeans.

Overall, eczema affects about 19 percent of African Americans and 16 percent of European Americans.

The study’s authors say that some symptoms of eczema may be worse in African Americans, including itching, rash, and dry skin. African Americans with eczema also experience more inflammation than European Americans with the skin disorder, according to the lead author of the study, Emma Guttman-Yassky, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for Excellence in Eczema and the Laboratory of Inflammatory Skin Diseases at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

Sourced from: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology