AAD: Genetic Defect in Skin Barrier Tied to Eczema

February 4, 2008

A genetic defect in the skin's protective outer later that allows microbes, allergens and other irritants to penetrate the skin likely underlies atopic dermatitis and may contribute to the development of food allergies, according to research presented this week at the American Academy of Dermatology's 66th Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.