Large study shows children don’t grow out of eczema

One of the largest prospective longitudinal studies of its kind, covering 7000 US children checked regularly until the age of 26, found only a small proportion were ever symptom-free for six months at a time. By the age of 20, it was about 17%.

Far from children “growing out of” eczema, the study (part-funded by a company which makes pimecrolimus) suggested most patients faced a life-long illness with periods of waxing and waning skin problems requiring medication, the authors said.

JAMA Dermatol 2014; online 2