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Man’s Best Friend May Unlock Mystery Behind Eczema
Posted by Dr. Joshua Fox

Man’s Best Friend May Unlock Mystery Behind Eczema
Posted by Dr. Joshua Fox on May 20, 2013

Affecting as much as 30 percent of people, eczema is a skin condition that causes itching, dryness, redness and/or burning. Eczema also affects as many as 10 percent of dogs, primarily German shepherds, which can be traced back to many generations of overly particular breeding patterns. Upon studying eczema in dogs, researchers found a gene responsible for eczema. What specifically was found?

DNA samples were collected from both healthy and sick dogs. Upon examination, researchers found that a section of DNA associated with eczema contains the gene PKP-2, which creates a protein crucial to proper skin structure functioning. This suggests that an abnormal skin structure may increase one’s likelihood of developing eczema. How is this applicable to humans?

Dog DNA allows for easier identification of genetic predispositions compared to that of humans. A recent study has shown dog DNA to be similar to human DNA, allowing most findings within dog DNA to be applied to humans. This discovery may provide better understanding of many conditions, and hopefully, the development of more effective treatment plans.

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Many individuals are affected by the symptoms of eczema. If you or a loved one are suffering from eczema, contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss treatment options. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at diagnosing and treating eczema and other skin conditions. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens (Bayside, Flushing), Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn Heights, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City (Upper West Side), Westchester County (Ossining), Bergen County (Ridgewood), NJ, Union County (Summit), NJ, and all surrounding areas.

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