Eczema at Its Worst

1 decade 9 months 1 week ago Monday, August 13 2007 Aug 13, 2007 Monday, August 13, 2007 4:35:00 PM CDT August 13, 2007 in News

"When Cazz was actually born, when he came out, he had blisters all over his body," said parent Karen Trisby.

Since then, Cazz developed head-to-toe flareups so severe, it's landed him in the hospital half a dozen times.

"So, it's a problem where the skin is sort of hyper sensitive," said Lawrence Eichenfield, dermatologist. "It causes, burning, itching, rashes and secondary infection." 

About 20 percent of U.S. children get eczema, but most are not as severe as Cazz's. The cause of the condition is unknown, but allergies seem to trigger the eruption.

"If someone has on perfume that triggers it, or at school, and someone has lotion, everything triggers his eczema," said Karen Trisby. "He doesn't sleep at night because he's up scratching."

Treatment at the Eczema Center helps, but his mother hopes for more.

"I'm hoping he grows out of it. I'm hoping they come up with something," she said. 

Adults can get eczema, though usually they get a more mild case and it tends to be linked to stress.

Reported by Peggy Pico, NBC news.

Obesity Linked to School Absences

School is just around the corner for many mid-Missouri kids, but a new study shows obese kids will miss more school than their peers.

The study from Temple University focused on more than 1,000 4th, 5th and 6th graders. Obese kids were absent an average of 12 days, while their peers who maintained a normal weight were absent ten days.

Researchers say they think psychological problems and diseases like diabetes may be part of the reason for more absences.

HIV Support Group Receives Grant

A St. Louis group that provides HIV care support and prevention called Project Ark was awarded a $6.7 million federal grant. The organization is one of the area's only groups that coordinates medical care and social support for kids and young adults with aids and HIV.

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