Children who are struggling with eczema and hay fever may be more likely to develop allergic asthma in their adult life.
Research conducted by the University of Melbourne looked at 1,400 people who had been a part of the Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study.
The participants were seven-years-old at the time of the study but they were later observed at the age of 44.
It was revealed that those who had suffered from eczema and hay fever in their childhood were nine times as likely to have developed allergic asthma by the time of the second study.
Pamela Martin, lead author of the research, commented: "In this study we see that childhood eczema, particularly when hay fever also occurs, is a very strong predictor of who will suffer from allergic asthma in adult life.
"The implications of this study are that prevention and rigorous treatment of childhood eczema and hay fever may prevent the persistence and development of asthma."