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June 20 2013

Children given antibiotics in first year 'more likely to develop eczema'


Children who receive antibiotics in the first year of their lives are as much as 40% more likely to go on to develop eczema, according to a new study by British researchers.

"One potential explanation is that broad-spectrum antibiotics alter the gut microflora and that this in turn affects the maturing immune system in a way that prompts allergic disease development," said researcher Dr Teresa Tsakok, who works at St Thomas's hospital in London.

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