Eczema patients are 13% more likely to break their bones

Eczema patients are 13% more likely to break their bones, according to analysis of NHS hospital data

  • Experts dragged themselves into fractures in England for almost two decades
  • Hip, knee and vertebral fractures were more common in adults with eczema
  • This would mean an additional 164 broken bones among 100,000 eczema patients

Eczema patients are more likely to break their bones, according to an analysis of NHS hospital data.

Researchers discovered that hip, knee and vertebral fractures were 13 percent more common in adults with skin conditions.

Academics say this would mean an additional 100 broken bones in 100,000 eczema patients, compared to the average.

Researchers discovered that hip, knee and vertebral fractures were 13 percent more common in adults with skin conditions


Researchers discovered that hip, knee and vertebral fractures were 13 percent more common in adults with skin conditions

Experts from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have worked on fractures in England for almost two decades.

The study, considered to be the largest on the subject to date, required data from nearly 3.1 million patients – 500,000 members with eczema.

Professor Sinéad Langan and colleagues found that patients with more severe eczema had an even greater risk of breaking a bone.

Hip and pelvic fractures were respectively 50 and 66 percent more frequent in patients with severe eczema than in the general population.

And patients who fought with severe eczema ran more than twice the risk of breaking their spine according to the results.

However, Professor Langan and team warned that the risk for millions of eczema patients around the world was still low.


The study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, did not prove that eczema weakened bones.


Eczema is an inflammatory condition of the skin that leads to redness, blistering, dripping, flaking and thickening.

It usually appears in the first few months of life and affects approximately 10 percent of the baby's.

The cause of Eczema is not fully understood, but is believed to be caused by the skin's barrier to the outside world that is not working properly, which can cause irritants and allergy-inducing substances to penetrate.

It can be genetic because of the condition that often occurs in families.


In addition to affecting their skin, patients may experience insomnia and irritability.

Many factors can make eczema worse. These can include:

  • Heat, dust, soap and detergents
  • Being unwell, like being cold
  • infections
  • Dry skin
  • Tension

There is no cure for eczema, but 70 percent of children in childhood no longer have the condition in their teens.

Patients should avoid known triggers for flare-up and use emollients.

Source: British Skin Foundation


It only adds to the evidence, with a series of scientific studies in recent years that have uncovered similar findings.

The results showed that the fracture risk remained high even when taking into account patients on steroids that were long believed to weaken bones.

The experts admitted that the reason could be that many eczema patients stop dairy because they believe it can cause flare-ups.

And they said that people who fight the condition are also less likely to train, giving them weaker bones.

The team said the results are important for public health, considering how often eczema occurs and that broken bones can cause disability and death.


Professor Langan said: & # 39; Previous research has shown associations between atopic eczema and osteoporosis, and between atopic eczema and fractures.

& # 39; However, this is the first evidence that eczema precedes fractures and that fracture risk increases with more severe eczema. & # 39;

& # 39; The significant increase in the risk of vertebral, hip and pelvic fractures in people with severe atopic eczema is of particular concern.

She added that the results suggest that severe eczema patients should have their bones screened & # 39; to prevent fractures & # 39 ;.

Dr. Thivi Maruthappu, consultant dermatologist and spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation, called for further research, but said: & # 39; This work highlights a new and important link between atopic eczema and fracture risk.

& # 39; Atopic eczema is common and affects 10 percent of the UK adult population, so these findings may be relevant to a large population.

About six million people suffer from eczema in Britain, while the figure is more than 35 million in the US, figures suggest.

The cause of the condition, which can cause patients to itch their skin until it is red, has had mystical dermatologists for decades.

Scientific progress in recent years has led scientists to float the ideas of a final remedy – but it remains incurable for the time being.


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