The cause of atopic eczema

Atopic eczema is a complex, multi-factor disease in which the skin barrier function plays a crucial role.

Normal skin

Little water evaporation, so the allergens cannot get through.


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Anormally permeable skin

The epidermis is abnormal and does not play its "barrier" role. The skin lets too much water evaporate : the skin is dry.
It lets allergens in more easily, which may trigger an inflammatory reaction (eczema flare-ups).
The skin does not play its protective role.


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An excessive reaction to allergens

Even very small quantities of allergens trigger ecessive reactions from the immune system.
In particular, a category of T lymphocytes, which manufacture lgE, develops.


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