Many people use oats and oat products to soothe itchy, dry skin. A new study finds some kids with skin allergies may actually be allergic to oat proteins!
Nearly a third of about 300 children with eczema who visited a pediatric dermatology center in France were found to have allergic reactions to oats. Eczema is a chronic skin condition that leads to itchy rashes.
Researchers think repeated applications of oat products to already sensitive skin might be enough to lead to flare-ups.