Smoking can be the cause of adult onset atopic dermatitis or Eczema
according to new evidence published in medical journals.
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a disease associated with itching dry skin (xerosis) that causes eczematous lesions, and thickening of the skin and an increase in skin markings (lichenification). It usually starts in early infancy but now its adult-onset variant is also recognized.
In a recent study Dr. Hsin-Su Yu from Department of Dermatology, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan and colleagues assessed Environmental Tobacco smoke (ETS) exposure in 83 atopic dermatitis patients, who were diagnosed by physicians in adulthood and 142 age and gender matched controls.
Dr. Yu states, "Although there can be several other potential risk factors contributing to development of adult-onset atopic dermatitis but this study does provide convincing evidence of the association between current smoking, exposure to ETS, and the development of adult-onset AD".
He concluded by adding, "Further study is needed to understand and correlate the mechanisms underlying these observations and also to look for other risk factors initiating adult-onset AD".
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