The study is trying to determine how microbes, such as bacteria and fungi, contribute to a very common skin condition called Atopic Dermatitis (AD), also known as eczema. With these studies, we hope to lay the groundwork for development of more effective treatments for the disease.
What is Involved?
If eligible, children between the ages of 2 and 12 years with a diagnosis of moderate to severe AD will travel to the NIH Clinical Center.
We will review your child's medical history and perform a skin examination. We will draw some blood, usually only on the first visit. Children will have their skin swabbed and/or scraped; and their noses swabbed. We will also ask your child to return periodically to the NIH for additional skin and nasal sampling.
Eligible children will be compensated in accordance with NIH policy.
Last updated: April 19, 2012