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Research project

Trial of food allergy (IgE) tests for Eczema Relief

Project overview

The TIGER study aims to answer the research question: “Does food allergy test-guided dietary advice improve disease control in children with eczema?”

Eczema is very common in children and causes dry, itchy skin and sleep disturbance. Many parents wonder whether food allergy might be causing the eczema, or making it worse, but there is little research to show whether or not dietary changes or allergy tests are useful for eczema. In the TIGER study, we want to find out whether making changes to the diet of children with eczema, based on the results of food allergy tests, improves eczema or not.
To do this we will compare two groups in a randomised controlled trial:

• Standard care group: Children in the standard care group will have normal care for their eczema from their GP plus a “Good eczema care” leaflet.

• Dietary advice group: Children in the “dietary advice” group will receive the “Good eczema care” leaflet plus dietary advice based on food allergy tests (skin prick test for cow’s milk, hen’s egg, wheat and soya).

Then all children’s eczema will be followed up for nine months to compare any differences between the two groups.

This is a collaboration between the University of Bristol, University of Southampton and the University of Manchester.

Research staff
Catherine Woods - Research Fellow
Sophia Williams - Research Nurse


Lead researcher

Professor Miriam Santer

Professor of Primary Care Research

Research interests

  • Self-management of long-term conditions
  • Primary Care Dermatology - particularly eczema, acne and cellulitis
  • Mixed methods research including development and evaluation of complex interventions
Other researchers

Dr Ingrid Muller BSc, MSc, PhD, CPsychol, FHEA

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Self-management of long-term conditions
  • Behavioural health interventions
  • Digital health

Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

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