March 1, 2008

Dustmites and cockroaches can worsen eczema

dust mite - closeup imageThose tiny, pesky creatures called dust mites all the while hiding under quilts, pillows or blankets quietly feast on our dead cells. These microscopic bugs along with troublesome household pests like cockroaches can cause a host of allergies and skin problems. People suffering from skin diseases like eczema have to be particularly careful. A South Korea study has found that dust mites acockroachnd cockroach allergens can weaken defense mechanisms of the human skin, making it more permeable and vulnerable. As the skin barrier function is already damaged in eczema patients, it has to try and repair itself. But allergens like dust mite and cockroach allergens delay this repair process. So it’s imperative that people with eczema should protect themselves from such bugs, insects and filth.

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