New study links possible eczema cause to car exhaust

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A new study shows there may be a link between chemicals in the air and eczema.

Research from the National Institute of Health shows that common pollutants are likely linked to eczema.

Eczema is an itchy, inflammatory skin condition that affects more than 30 million Americans.

The National Eczema Association says the condition almost always begins in infancy and peaks in early childhood.

However, the cause behind eczema has been a mystery. While genetics tend to play a role, the frequency has increased by two to three times in industrial countries since 1970.

Recent studies have found that chemicals used in the manufacturing process of many stretchy fabrics and exhaust fumes that are linked closest to the uptick in diagnoses.

This recent finding could lead to the development of new treatments.