@SharecareInc hosted a live chat over twitter to discuss on genetics on health. Various panelists are invited to answer questions posed during the live chat and @MarcieMom‘s questions have been answered by Carrie Prochniak @AuroraGCs, Joy Musselman @MyDietitianJoy and @DixieRegional. Below are the questions, and naturally, all eczema-related.
Marcie Mom: Is there an eczema gene? And if yes, can newborn be tested for it?
Carrie: Mostly, ezcema is a multi-factorial condition: no one gene to test but multiple that contribute.
Marcie Mom: Any alternative name to ‘bad gene’? Used to say it often when baby first diagnosed with eczema, do help suggest a nicer term!
Carrrie: I like “genetic condition“.
Marcie Mom: Pregnancy diet’s impact on eczema. Would you say more fish and no peanuts?
Joy: Not many studies on this but a minor change to make, so go ahead. Careful with type of fish due to mercury.
Marcie Mom: Can external environment alter impact of gene on body, specifically exposure to allergens on eczema?
Dixie Regional: Environment can alter gene manifestation. Now have fascinating branch of science called epigenetics to study this.