An expert at the University of Sheffield will be talking about the causes for the increased incidence of eczema in children in a Channel Four documentary, Allergic to Everything on Thursday 30 June at 9pm. Dr Cork will argue that better education and lifestyle changes could prevent many children from needing powerful steroid treatments for the skin condition, and that more specialists are needed to effectively treat those with more severe eczema.
The documentary follows patients in Dr Michael Cork’s eczema clinic at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. During the programme Dr Cork offers advice to parents whose children suffer from the skin condition and explains how to use treatments.
Dr Cork explains, “Over the past fifty years both our environment and the way we live have changed considerably. For example, in the ‘60s there were few fitted carpets or central heating, which harbour dust mites and we now wash more often. The soap and detergent products we use when we wash break down the skin barrier, allowing irritants and allergens to penetrate into the skin and set off an inflammatory response. Since the 1960s the number of children suffering from eczema has risen from 4 per cent of the populations to 24 per cent.
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