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Why does dry eczema skin crack? Why do steroids help?

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Dr. Justin Greiwe
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Anti-Inflammatory

Skin integrity is determined by complex network of cells, lipids, and proteins.
Any disruption of this network, like eczema, can interfere with the ability of the skin to function as an effective barrier. "Cracks" allow irritants and allergens to penetrate the skin and contact immune cells, leading to the release of pro-inflammatory mediators leading to eczema. Steroids reduce this inflammation.

In brief: Anti-Inflammatory

Skin integrity is determined by complex network of cells, lipids, and proteins.
Any disruption of this network, like eczema, can interfere with the ability of the skin to function as an effective barrier. "Cracks" allow irritants and allergens to penetrate the skin and contact immune cells, leading to the release of pro-inflammatory mediators leading to eczema. Steroids reduce this inflammation.
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