London: Children suffering from eczema, anon-infectious skin disease, are more likely to have mentaland behavioural problems in later life, a new study hasclaimed. According to researchers from Germany`s HelmholtzZentrum Munchen, side effects of the skin disease such assleep disorders, chances of developing hay fever and asthma,may lead to psychological abnormalities in later life.
"We suspect that it is mainly the secondary symptomsthat have a long-term effect on the emotions of the affectedchildren." The study, published in the Journal of Allergy andClinical Immunology, also recommend that eczema in infancyshould be recorded in medical records as a potential riskfactor for later psychological problems though the actualdisease disappears during the course of childhood. PTI
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