Probiotics Help With Dermatitis
COPENHAGEN, Denmark--According to a study appearing in the February issue of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (111, 2:389-95, 2003) (www.aaaai.org), probiotics may be beneficial in managing atopic dermatitis. In a double blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study, children 1 to 13 years old with atopic dermatitis were given two probiotic Lactobacillus strains (L. rhamnosus and L. reuteri) for six weeks. After treatment, 56 percent of the patients experienced improved eczema, compared to 15 percent of those using placebo. The treatment response, interestingly, was more pronounced in allergic patients.