Tape strips detect eczema biomarkers

They may eventually replace skin biopsies in children, researchers say

Tape strips may be a painless and non-invasive way to assess biomarkers and predict treatment responses in children with atopic dermatitis, according to a small study.

baby's arms with atopic dermatitis

In the study, tape strips applied several times to the same skin areas proved highly accurate in discriminating between skin with early-onset atopic dermatitis and normal skin, the study team reports.

Sixteen large D-Squame genetic tape strips were serially collected from lesional and non-lesional skin from each of 51