Probiotics & Eczema 06/02/12

Eczema actually refers to a group of conditions that leave the skin red, itchy, and inflamed.  There are many different types of eczema but the most common form of eczema is Atopic Dermatitis or Atopic Eczema.

The National Institutes of Health states that the prevalence of eczema is increasing with anywhere from 9 – 30% of the population affected by it.

Eczema is typically seen in young children and in infants and many children out grow the condition by the age of 2; however, some individuals continue to experience symptoms of eczema on and off through out there entire life.

Eczema most commonly affects the skin on the face, knees, hands or feet; however, any area of the skin may be affected.  Eczema almost always leaves the skin very itchy and usually a rash appears.  Areas that are affected by eczema are often times very dry, thickened, or scaly.  The skin may change in color as well.

Infants that are affected by eczema can have rashes that ooze or crush and this may be on the face or the scalp.

Eczema is NOT contagious and CAN NOT be spread from person to person.

The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but it is thought to be due to the body’s over active immune system responding to some sort of allergic trigger.  There is also a family history link as well.

Probiotics and Eczema: Scientific Evidence

At One Wellness Place we believe in evidence based nutritional supplementation and there is plenty of evidence to support the use of probiotics in Atopic Eczema.

  • In 2000 The Journal of Clinical & Experimental Allergy reported that infants given probiotic supplemented formulas had a significant improvement in atopic eczema skin conditions after 2 months when compared to those infants that were not supplemented with probiotics.
  • In 2005 the journal Allergy reported a decrease in the severity of eczema symptoms in children that consumed probiotics versus those that did not.  This decrease in symptoms was seen within 1 month of using the probiotics.  The greatest effect was seen in children that had food allergies.

It is important to remember that many children can have food allergies.  These allergies may not always be the life threatening kind of allergies that cause swelling of the face and tongue.  Some allergies are much more subtle and may actually result in cravings for the food that we are allergic to.  Food allergies (intolerances) have been linked to weight gain, irritable bowel disease, eczema, chronic fatigue, and more.  To test your food allergies click here.

Is there any evidence showing eczema can be prevented?  YES there is:

  • In 2007 The Journal of Clinical & Experimental Allergy reported that infants that started priobiotics after birth had less incidence of eczema at the age of 2 when compared to infants that didn’t supplement with probiotics.
  • Also The Lancet, conducted a study in 2001 were they gave probiotics to pregnant women who had at least one first degree relative with atopic eczema.  At 2 years of age the frequency of atopic eczema was 50% less than the mothers that did not consume probiotics during pregnancy

One Wellness Place Eczema Protocol

One Wellness Place Probiotics

Probiotics for adults and children 12 and older: One Wellness Place Probiotics (2 to 4 capsules daily)

 

 

 

Probiotics for infants and children less than 12 years old:  Florajen 4 Kids (1 – 2 capsules daily)

 

 

 

 

 

One Wellness Place Fish Oil

Adults and Children  over 12 years of age:  One Wellness Place Fish Oil (4 capsules daily)

 

 

 

 

 

Children under 12 years of age (Kid’s DHA – follow directions on the bottle)

 

 

 

 

If you are concerned about the medications that you are giving / rubbing on your child for his / her eczema….get to the root of the issue.  Balance their gut and increase their good fats and WATCH their skin clear up …..NATURALLY

 


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