Eczema, also known as Atopic Dermatitis is a common skin problem. The eczema symptoms include red, dry, crusty patches on your skin that are too frustrating.
The disease accounts for approx, 30% of all the eczematic conditions whose number is still rising at an alarming rate.
Throughout the recent years, studies for undifferentiated stem cell research has been carried out to treat Eczema.
Stem cells from umbilical cord blood may help treat eczema
These stem cells are basically thought to be the building blocks of all other cells, can be changed into a cell that is important to repair the body.
The main purpose of the study was to find if stem cells can be used treat mild to severe eczema. The early results appear to be very encouraging. In 55% of the general population who received a high dose of the stem cells , doctors and researchers found 50% reduction in the eczema severity.
Dr. Tae-Yoon Kim, the senior author of the Stem Cells study, stated, “This study is a first-in-class study demonstrating that adults with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis responded to a treatment of stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood. The single treatment of stem cells in patients resulted in the significant and persistent improvement in disease symptoms throughout the follow-up period of 12 weeks.”
Scientists think that results of the study could eventually lead to the development of any ointment, cream or lotion that have cord blood proteins in it to treat the symptoms of eczema. For this, a partnership with any pharmaceutical company is required and could be effectively tested on the patients within 5 years.
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