ECZEMA EPIDEMIC: IS IT MORE COMMON?
It seems like many more babies and children are being affected by eczema, and nobody really understands why, says Dr Young. “It does seem to be becoming more common in industrialised temperate climate nations. Why this is so is still being debated and investigated but factors include environmental changes, dietary changes and more children presenting for treatment now that it can be treated effectively in most children.” There is also the theory that we are too clean, which is known as the hygiene hypothesis. This is being looked at in relation to many diseases, including conditions like eczema. Exposure to chemicals and pollution too, are often pointed to as culprits for skin sensitivities.