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Eczema is a chronic skin condition that results in dry, scaly patches accompanied by intense itching. Scratching of itchy skin causes red raised spots, thickened skin and open cuts. Most cases of eczema develop in childhood, but it is possible for the disease to present itself in adults. Eczema affects 10% of children and 7-10% of adults in the United States. The team of physicians at Northwestern Medicine Multidisciplinary Eczema (NMEC) are committed to providing the highest level of multidisciplinary care to patients suffering from eczema. Your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will allow for the continuation of this excellence in care through leading-edge diagnostic testing and groundbreaking treatments.

Scientists have discovered that eczema is primarily caused by a mutation to the gene filaggrin. Filaggrin is responsible for protecting the skin’s barrier by stopping outside allergens and irritants from entering. People with mutations to this gene lack a strong protective layer on the skin which leads to symptoms of eczema such as:

  • Dry, scaly patches
  • Red bumps with drainage and scabbing
  • Skin thickening
  • Redness and swelling of the skin
  • Sensitivity and tenderness
  • Infections when scratching breaks the skin

Further research is needed to find a cure for eczema. With your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, scientists will be provided the resources to advance research in the area of eczema, with hopes of breakthroughs that may lead to a cure for this distressing disease. Until a cure is found, physicians at Northwestern Medicine have a number of treatments available to ease the symptoms of eczema. Treatments are aimed at restoring the damaged skin barrier, decreasing inflammation, relieving the itch and preventing infection. This can be accomplished through:

  • Lifestyle changes: Outbreaks can be controlled through avoiding allergens, wet dressings with corticosteroid cream, biofeedback and counseling.
  • Moisturizers: Damaged skin can be improved through the regular use of thick moisturizers.
  • Topical steroid creams: Steroid creams are used to decrease inflammation. If topical steroids are ineffective, systematic treatments such as phototherapy, corticosteroid pills or immunosuppressive medications may be recommended.
  • Antihistamines: Itching can be eased through the use of antihistamines and neuroactive medications.
  • Antibiotics: Oral antibiotics kill bacteria introduced as a result of itching.

Eczema Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Living with eczema isn’t always easy. Symptoms can cause difficulty sleeping, poor performance in school and work and the inability to perform activities of daily living. Furthermore, eczema can lead to complications including cataracts, asthma, hay fever and dermatitis on the eyelids. By donating to Northwestern Medicine, you will play an important role in improving the quality of life for those suffering from eczema. With your support to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, physicians at Northwestern Medicine Multidisciplinary Eczema Center will be granted the resources to conduct research that will lead to more effective treatments, and one day, a cure to this unnecessary disease. Additionally, your donation will allow for increased clinical trials at one of the most experienced dermatology clinical trials units in the world. Consider changing the life of a person living with eczema with your generous donation.

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