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Monday, 06 February 2012 16:02

Sunshine may protect Kids from Eczema and Food allergies

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Playing in the sunshine reduces the risk of children developing eczema and food allergies, researchers claim

Researchers from the European Centre for Environment & Human Health, along with Australian institutions, have found that children living in areas with lower levels of sunlight are at greater risk of developing food allergies and eczema. 
The report published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, suggests that exposure to the sun may play a role in rising levels of food allergy and eczema.

Scientists used data from analysis of Australian children and how rates of food allergies, eczema and asthma varied throughout the country. On the base of existing evidences, they suggest that Children living in areas with lower levels of sunlight are at greater risk of developing food allergies and the skin condition, compared to those in areas with higher UV. There was also a link between latitude and allergies to peanuts and eggs. On average children in the south of the country were twice as likely to develop eczema as those in the north.

Sunlight is important because it provides our body with the fuel to create vitamin D in the skin and people staying closer to equator are likely to receive higher levels of sunshine

Researcher’s view

Dr Nick Osborne, who led the researchers at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, a joint initiative between Plymouth and Exeter universities, , believes these findings provide us with an important insight into the prevalence of food allergies and eczema, which appear to be on the increase. 

'This investigation has further underlined the association between food allergies, eczema and where you live. 'We’re now hoping to study these effects at a much finer scale and examine which factors such as temperature, infectious disease or vitamin D are the main drivers of this relationship-says Osborne.

 'As always, care has to be taken we are not exposed to too much sunlight, increasing the risk of skin cancer.'-warned Dr. Osborne.

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  • Comment Link anu Tuesday, 07 February 2012 10:10 posted by anu

    Wow, thats good to know.

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