The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine recently conducted a study involving 3.1 million patients. Among this group, 500,000 patients were diagnosed with eczema. The researchers reviewed two decades’ worth of fractures in England.
Professor Sinéad Langan, one of the researchers found eczema patients have a greater risk of breaking a bone. Hip fractures increased for 50-60%, while spine fractures doubled for patients with severe eczema.
*Although, this particular study did not provide evidence of eczema causing weakened bones. Some theories for weakened bones include long steroid usage, elimination of dairy, inflammation, and less exercise due to skin flare-ups.
The substantial increase in the risk of spine, hip and pelvic fractures seen in those with severe atopic eczema is particularly concerning.’
‘She added that the results suggest severe eczema patients should have their bones screened ‘in order to prevent fractures’. ~ Professor Langan
The article concludes that eczema patients so get a bone screening to prevent the risk of fractures. To this day scientists are still baffled by the root cause of eczema but hope to eventually find a cure.