Eczema and Asthma Closely Related?
For many years now, doctors have discovered that many eczema patients have weakened immune systems and are much more prone to developing asthma. Studies show that 50-70% of babies with severe eczema go on to develop asthma later in life.
What does this mean?
Well, this raises the question: Does having a weakened immune system contribute to the cause of eczema? Or does having eczema cause the immune system to be weakened (which in turn causes asthma)? This is a very interesting topic, and the answer could easily be both.
What research has shown
There’s some bad news and good news. The bad news is researchers have recently discovered vital evidence supporting the fact that having damaged skin can cause problems to the immune system which goes to explain why many eczema patients go on to develop asthma later in life. This means if you have eczema right now, you are at risk of developing ashthma too.
Apparently, having damaged skin can cause a substance to be released into the bloodstream. This substance is called TSLP (thymic stromal lymphopoietin). When TLSP is secreted in the blood system, it travels to the lungs and causes the lungs to be hypersensitive to allergens which is characteristic of asthma. However, the good news is now that link and cause of these diseases have been found, scientists can start working on how to break this link and possibly find a cure.
If scientists can somehow stop the damaged skin from secreting TLSP, or at least somehow create a barrier so TLSP cannot pass – then the amount of eczema patients who go on to develop asthma will be much lower.