What role do genetics play in developing eczema?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but researchers believe it is hereditary (passed from a parent to child through genes). Some parents may pass on the gene for eczema without having eczema themselves.

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The relationship between eczema and genetics isn't completely understood but the disorder does seem to run in families. A family history of atopic diseases definitely increases a child's risk of developing the disorder. Which genes are specifically involved is yet to be discovered, but a study of both identical and fraternal twins has produced evidence that genes do play an important role in determining who develops eczema.

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