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What role does immunoglobulin E (IgE) play in eczema?

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Immunoglobulin E (IgE) is a type of antibody that plays a role in the body's allergic response. People with eczema have higher-than-normal levels of it. Researchers are working to understand why people with the skin condition make too much IgE and what role this may play in the disease.

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Atopic Dermatitis."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema.)"

American Academy of Dermatology: "Atopic Dermatitis: Who Gets and Causes."

EczemaNet: "Types of Eczema: Atopic Dermatitis."

PubMedHealth: Allergies."

Eczema.org: "Dry skin and atopic eczema: An Update on the Filaggrin Story... What Does It Mean to You?"

Sandilands, A. May 1, 2009. Journal of Cell Science;

National Eczema Association: "Research Confirms Genetic Skin Barrier Linked to Eczema."

American Academy of Dermatology: "What is Eczema?"

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 10, 2018

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Atopic Dermatitis."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema.)"

American Academy of Dermatology: "Atopic Dermatitis: Who Gets and Causes."

EczemaNet: "Types of Eczema: Atopic Dermatitis."

PubMedHealth: Allergies."

Eczema.org: "Dry skin and atopic eczema: An Update on the Filaggrin Story... What Does It Mean to You?"

Sandilands, A. May 1, 2009. Journal of Cell Science;

National Eczema Association: "Research Confirms Genetic Skin Barrier Linked to Eczema."

American Academy of Dermatology: "What is Eczema?"

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 10, 2018

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