Filament Aggregation Protein (Filaggrin): Demystifying the Mystery that is Eczema

Eczema is one of those medical conditions for which a lot of studies have been done yet there have been no conclusive findings yet. Your doctor might not be able to tell you exactly what is causing this skin condition and this has made eczema one of the most misunderstood medical conditions. Today, there is a lot of information, especially with the advent of internet technology, and this is both a good and bad thing. 

A lot of the information you will come across about eczema might not be true and this makes it crucial to differentiate facts from fiction. After all, they say information is power and if you think you are suffering from this skin condition, this guide will empower you with the information you need. For instance, you will understand whether collagen eczematreatment works and how it works.

Eczema in Brief

In most cases, the term refers to a group of skin conditions, the most common being atopic dermatitis. When used broadly, eczema denotes a wide range of rash-like skin conditions. In its most common usage, it refers to atopic dermatitis, which is a chronic skin condition mostly found in children. Some children will outgrow it as they move into adulthood while others won’t.

Eczema Symptoms

The most common symptoms include rashes on the scalp and cheeks, eczema on eyelid,extreme itchiness, skin infections in case of continuous rubbing and scratching, rashes on elbows or knees, or the nape of neck, and very dry skin. Eczema can also affect pigmentation, making the affected skin area lighter or darker. In essence, you will note blemishes and your skin will gradually become scaly. Skin irritation is the most common symptom among patients of all ages.

What is Filament Aggregation Protein (filaggrin)?

Filament Aggregation Protein (filaggrin) is now one of the most popular topics on the treatment of eczema. If you are suffering from this skin condition, you have most likely come across a discussion on filaggrin. This is a protein that is crucial in skin protection; it functions by binding keratin fibers in epithelial cells to protect the epidermis against exposure to allergens.

The Filament Aggregation Protein helps retain moisture within the skin and without it, your skin will become leaky. In such conditions, it will be vulnerable to damage. One of the reasons this protein has gained a lot of attention in recent years is because of a particular gene that determines how much of this protein is produced. Recent studies show that over 50% of severe eczema patients have genes that suppress Filament Aggregation Protein.

What can you do about eczema?

Now that the production of Filament Aggregation Protein has to do with genes, there isn’t much you can do to increase or decrease this gene. The best way out is to treat your skin in such a way that the skin barrier damaged by Filament Aggregation Protein deficiency is restored quickly. With a robust and strong skin barrier, eczema outbreaks can be prevented.

Author Bio

Dr. Jacob Kings is a dermatologist living in New York. He runs a healthy skin blog and some of his works have also been published by The doctor lives with his family in the city.

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