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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What is the likelihood that my child with eczema will develop asthma?

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    The role of the Eczema Association of Australasia Inc (EAA) is to be a supportive body for eczema sufferers and carers, to increase public awareness … View Profile

    Asthma and eczema can be genetic inherited conditions.  It has now been proven that babies who suffer from eczema are more likely to become asthmatics in childhood.  However, if the baby eczema is treated more aggressively, the link to asthma can be broken. 

  • Dr Alexander Lozynsky

    Allergy Specialist & Immunologist

    Consultant allergist and immunologist, with particular interest in allergic rhinitis and sinusitis, allergic respiratory disorders, food allergies and sensitivity and allergic skin conditions, including atopic … View Profile

    There is a definite genetic link between eczema (atopic dermatitis) and respiratory disorders, specifically allergic rhinitis and asthma. It has been reported that about 80% of infants who have eczema will develop varying degrees of allergic rhinitis and asthma as they become older. This is referred to as the “atopic march”. 
    Interestingly, it has been noted that there can be an inverse relationship between eczema and asthma, whereby when the skin condition improves, the asthma worsens and vice-versa.
    Viral infections can trigger exacerbations of both asthma and atopic dermaitis. Allergy to house dust mite, especially in regions like Sydney, is an important trigger both for initiaton and continuing aggravation of these relatively common conditions. Dietary factors can play a role in atopic dermatitis, but are less important in asthma, particularly in older children, unless they have a significant allergy to foods such as peanut or tree nuts.

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