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Why Eczema Often Leads To Asthma

Now scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have uncovered what might be the key to atopic march. They’ve shown that a substance secreted by damaged skin circulates through the body and triggers asthmatic symptoms in allergen-exposed laboratory mice.

Kopan’s findings suggest the problem starts with damaged or defective skin. The researchers found that cells in damaged skin can secrete TSLP (thymic stromal lymphopoietin), a compound capable of eliciting a powerful immune response. And because the skin is so effective in secreting TSLP into the blood system, the substance travels throughout the body. When it reaches the lungs, it triggers the hypersensitivity characteristic of asthma.

there has always been a known link b/w eczema and asthma, but not until this study is there a better understanding of that link. i have pretty severe eczema, so i’m pretty sure i’m doomed to form asthma. sonofa.

i am also allergic to the sun, which makes living in southern california not as awesome as you would all think. the internet tells me i have polymorphous light eruption:

PMLE is characterized by recurrent, abnormal, delayed reactions to sunlight, ranging from erythematous papules, papulovesicles, and plaques to erythema multiforme–like lesions on sunlight-exposed surfaces [that are not normally exposed to the sun].

sound nasty even if you don’t know what any of those words are? it is gross, and often radiates heat. (do not click this if you are squirmish. p.s. those are not my legs.)

apparently one treatment for severe PMLE is the use of thalidomide. you now the stuff in the 60s that caused thousands of babies to be born with flippers? great.

One Response to “ i will get asthma ”

  1. JamesD said:

    Thanks for the useful info. It’s so interesting

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