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U.S. National Institutes of Health researchers found that youngsters with the skin condition tended to have larger populations of Staphylococcus aureus living on their skin, while those without eczema tended to have more of a related bacteria called Staphylococcus epidermidis, NBC News reported.
The study was published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.
The next step is to try to determine if the staph bacteria cause eczema or are a side-effect, and whether they make symptoms more severe. That knowledge could lead to better treatments, NBC News reported.
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