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Eczema, Hayfever, Dermatitis

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Xtinalee Sat 11-Apr-20 22:04:03

Hi, I’ve been reading into why people in my age bracket could be dying from this virus and I read it could either be in your genes or from an over reactive immune system (which causes eczema, allergies etc) which can cause a cytokine storm and I’m terrified that I will suffer severely from this virus as I seem to get bed bound when I get ill from sickness bugs. Is there anyone who has had this virus with the above conditions and who also gets quite sick from flu or similar ?

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Namechange2306 Sat 11-Apr-20 22:05:39

I’ve never heard of this connection. Have you got a source?

Bimbleboo Sat 11-Apr-20 22:06:42

I have the above conditions. Quite badly at times. I’ve never been one to get coughs , colds or bugs. I’ve had flu once in my life and it was awful but other than that I tend to be someone who can work right though viruses and bugs that the rest of my house are bed bound with.

Not sure if that was what you were asking but I’ve never felt my eczema / hay fever etc left me more vulnerable to illness.

SpeedofaSloth Sat 11-Apr-20 22:09:32

I have raging hay fever at this time of year but I typically take only 2-3 days sick leave each year, and I an generally otherwise well. I don't usually feel more vulnerable to viral illness than most, I don't think?

Xtinalee Sat 11-Apr-20 22:10:08

If you google gene coronavirus and young people cytokine storm coronavirus there is plenty of different sources on there.

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SparklingLime Sat 11-Apr-20 22:11:03

Are you possibly worrying yourself unnecessarily by mixing up unrelated things? If atopy (tendency to asthma, dermatitis, allergies) is a risk factor, that is not at all the same as getting sickness bugs badly.

Xtinalee Sat 11-Apr-20 22:14:03

@SparklingLime No it’s confusing because I read that allergies are an over reactive immune system and an over reactive immune system can cause people to be susceptible to being ill

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Xtinalee Sat 11-Apr-20 22:16:34

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PicsInRed Sat 11-Apr-20 22:18:54

Recent research suggests that allergies could be a side effect of protection against parasites and also that certain immune disease could be related to gene selection resulting from our ancestors surviving the great plague.

I wouldnt write yourself off yet, OP. There's a lot more to be discovered about why we have allergies, but it seems that we were selected to have them by surviving the unsurvivable. Who knows whether it will turn out that there is any protective gene against coronavirus, but don't assume that your allergies have you a goner. Could end up being precisely the opposite.

Xtinalee Sat 11-Apr-20 22:23:27

Thanks I’m just scared because I seem to catch all the bugs and end up bed bound for at least a week 😞 and reading that about people who have certain genes, allergies etc just scared me more

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refraction Sat 11-Apr-20 22:26:00

Op I was wondering exactly the same I have psoriasis and cant smell or taste due to dust or pollen unless I take 3 antihistamines a day.

We are not in the high risk group though so that's hopeful right?

Thanks to pp that said it could even be the opposite.

There was a thread that a boy in Europe who had psoriasis as his underlying condition so I am paranoid too.

Anyonebut Sat 11-Apr-20 22:26:55

There is talk about certain conditions having a higher risk of cytokine storm, but not eczema or dermatitis, they are talking about certain rheumatic diseases, lupus or leukemia.
I haven't seen hayfever or dermatitis mentioned anywhere.

Xtinalee Sat 11-Apr-20 22:30:56

Anyone know what kind of ‘genetic makeup’ people are talking about? I watched Dr Alex and he said genetic makeup could be a reason younger people with no underlying conditions are dying ... I’m not entirely sure what it means

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Xtinalee Sat 11-Apr-20 22:34:23

Wouldn’t lupus etc come under an underlying condition?

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Gibbonsgibbonsgibbons Sat 11-Apr-20 22:45:46

“However, my sense is that even in severe eczema, the immune system is disordered but not actually compromised. In fact, we think of it as being an over-exuberant immune response rather than a compromised state. So just having eczema alone is probably not a significant risk factor for getting sick with or having a more severe case of COVID-19. ”

Anecdotally I have all the issues you list & generally throw off colds easily, & have had a sickness bug twice in my life (so far!)

SparklingLime Sat 11-Apr-20 22:49:36

You’re going to drive yourself into more and more anxiety by trying to make links and conflating things that are not linked. Truly, stop reading this stuff and trying to work it all out. Reading medical journal papers if you don’t have the contextual knowledge means it’s so easy to make 2+2=5. I know, I’ve done it with other health issues.

Try going back to the basics of what you can control: hand-washing, looking after your well-being: are you able to use an app such as headspace? I’m doing some focussed breathing each day...


GiantPinesAhem Sat 11-Apr-20 22:53:39

I have a mast cell disorder which causes allergies- and is considered an over reaction of the immune system. This does put me at more risk of a cytokine storm. I don't think low level consistent/controlled allergies are likely to be so high risk.

Xtinalee Sun 12-Apr-20 12:19:27

I just want to know why it’s killing younger people. I’m just scared therfore trying to research as much as I can

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PicsInRed Sun 12-Apr-20 12:32:34

Very many of the younger people affected are quite overweight (placing extra pressure on lungs and cardiovascular system) or have significant underlying conditions e.g. leukaemia.

FelineUK Sun 12-Apr-20 12:46:39

I've got psoriasis so have also been reading up on cytokine storms (scary stuff). Plus I'm very overweight. Any stress and my psoriasis flares up immediately - the itching is unbearable!!!

We've just got to try to keep stress levels low (breathing exercises, good sleep, watch our diet, etc.).

Xtinalee Sun 12-Apr-20 13:05:51

I read that it’s severely effecting the ‘fit and healthy’ with ‘no underlying conditions’ I Just hoping with all I have that I don’t catch it, I wouldn’t like to find out the effects. 😞

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GiantPinesAhem Sun 12-Apr-20 15:52:45

It's also worth bearing in mind that when they say no underlying conditions, all that actually means is that none had previously been diagnosed – that doesn't necessarily mean they didn't have them.

Xtinalee Sun 12-Apr-20 22:53:46

That’s true but that can’t be the case with everyone surely

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Lumene Mon 13-Apr-20 00:25:49

It is still a hugely small percentage of the population.

Calming yourself down will help your immune system hugely.

Take good precautions and look after your health, then chill and enjoy this life as much as you can - none of us are here for ever!

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