New Drug Approved For Kids With Eczema

New Drug Approved For Kids With Eczema


ADULTS CAN BE TREATED WITHINTMENTS, STEROIDS, AND HEATED LIGHT BUT CHILDREN NEED BETTER OPTIONS. I WAS BORN WITH ECZEMA. Reporter: THAT IS BENSON DESCRIBING HIS MILD ECZEMA UP UNTIL THIRD GRADE WHEN IT FLARED UP. THIS WAS NOT YOUR MILD CHILDHOOD ECZEMA THAT MOST PARENTS ARE FAMILIAR WITH. THIS WAS LESIONS ALL OVER HIS BODY INCLUDING HIS HEAD WHICH CAUSED HIS HAIR TO FALL OUT. THIS KIND OF ECZEMA IS A REAL MEDICAL PROBLEM. IT CAN AFFECT THE SLEEP, SCHOOL BEHAVIOR, YOU SCRATCH AND YOU MAY HAVE INFECTIONS. ECZEMA PATIENTS ARE TREATED MULTIPLE TIMES FOR INFECTIONS. Reporter: ECZEMA OR I TOPIC DERMATITIS IS WHEN THE BODY OVER PRODUCES CERTAIN IMMUNE MOLECULES THAT LEAD TO THE ITCH ERASH THAT IS DISABLING AND DISFIGURING. TWO YEARS AGO, THE FDA APPROVED AN INJECTIBLE DRUG CALLED DEPIXEN FOR ADULTS BUT THERE WERE FEW SAFE OPTIONS FOR CHILDREN. NOW IT HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR ADOLESCENTS AGED 12 TO 17. BENSON WAS ONE OF THE TEENS IN THE TRIAL. HE SHOWED THE DIFFERENCE IT HAS MADE. THE BENEFITS HAVE BEEN BEYOND CLEARING SKIN. IT HAS CHANGED THEIR LIVES. INSTEAD OF BEING HOME SCHOOLED, THEY CAN GO TO SCHOOL. PENSON’S HAIR HAS GROWN BACK AND HE NO LONGER FEELS DIFFERENT THAN OTHER CHILDREN. TRIALS FOR CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 12 ARE STILL ONGOING. THERE IS HOPE THAT THERE COULD BE RELIEF FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN

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