Two reports on probiotics and reduction of symptoms of atopic dermatitis


Taking particular probiotics during pregnancy prevents atopic eczema in children aged 2-7 years – 07/11

Scientists from the University Medical Centre, Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany conducted a literature review of randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials assessing the ingestion of probiotics during pregnancy on the development of eczema in children. Seven trials published between 2001-2009 were included, and the meta-analysis was performed using statistical software.

The results show that the administration of probiotics during pregnancy results in a significant reduction of atopic eczema in children aged 2-7 years old, but only where lactobacilli were taken, not for a mixture of various bacterial strains.

Source: The British Journal of Nutrition

The effects of Lactobacillus on adult atopic dermatitis – 10/11

Another study carried out at the University of Milan, Italy, has shown that adults treated with the probiotics strain Lactobacillus salivarius LS01 experienced improvement in symptoms of their atopic dermatitis (AD).

Thirty-eight adult patients were treated with probiotics or a placebo (maltodextrin) for 16 weeks. The patients were assessed using SCORAD (SCORing Atopic Dermatitis) index, dermatology life quality index (DLQI) improvement, cytokine production and ability to modify faecal microbial flora. The patients treated with probiotics showed a significant improvement in both SCORAD and DLQI compared with the placebo group. Plus, after four months of treatment there was a significant reduction of Th1 cytokines in placebo-treated patients. A decrease of staphylococci in the faeces of those treated with probiotics was observed at the end of the treatment.

Source: The International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology page 14

First Published in October 2011

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