Under the name eczema, there is a whole range of skin diseases - among others, atopic dermatitis (AD). Until now, only eczema was dealt with eczema treatment, but the latest reports mean that this disease may also become an object of gastrology interest. See how beneficial intestinal bacteria can help you on dry, red and itchy skin!
EGZEMA THIS IS NOT ORDINARY SKIN DISEASE
Diseases such as atopic dermatitis (AD) (the most common type of eczema) significantly affect the health and life of patients.
According to Polish and international research:
For sick children, eczema is a major impediment to development and normal functioning. Because of the itching, which according to 70.5% of patients is unbearable, and according to 62.8% lasts at least 12 hours each day, people with eczema suffer from disturbed sleep. 60% of children and 15-30% of adults experience insomnia at night, which makes them sleepy and tired during the day. Sleep problems are the second most troublesome symptom after itching in people with eczema.
Due to the changed skin appearance, as much as 30-50% of adults with eczema avoid social contact, this problem also applies to children and adolescents, of whom 25% have experienced harassment due to AD. In turn, parents of children with eczema feel ashamed of their children's skin appearance, they also feel frustration, powerlessness, sadness and remorse over the illness of their children.
Glucocorticosteroids, antibiotics and fungicides are used topically to treat atopic dermatitis. In more serious cases, the patient must take antibiotics. AZS complications include infections that can even be life-threatening. Treatment requires a high level of discipline, since in addition to prescription drugs, numerous exfoliating, cooling and moisturizing ointments and creams are used. 33% of people with eczema declare that they spend 1-3 hours a day on treatment. Is there a way to shorten this time and improve the quality of life of people with AD?
A 2010 study found that children with allergies such as AD have a different intestinal flora than their healthy peers. The same study showed clinically significant improvement in children with AD that used probiotics. However, it is not enough to go to the pharmacy and buy the first probiotic or even eat yogurt, which contains beneficial intestinal bacteria. Several factors count, such as:
Which strain was the most effective?
In studies on rats and later on children aged 2 to 10 years with atopic dermatitis, the Lactobacillus sakei strain has been shown to significantly improve skin condition, but not only. Probiotic treatment with this strain also reduced the number of pro-inflammatory cytokines in the blood. In the pediatric study, the effects of treatment were compared with the placebo group, where only slight improvement was noted. Similar effects were noted in a 2014 study in which a cream containing the Lactobacillus sakei strain was tested on the skin of children and adults with AD.
Living with atopic dermatitis is often difficult, not only because of the disease itself, but also for painstaking treatment. The discovery of the healing properties of the Lactobacillus sakei strain can improve the comfort of life for many patients and their families.
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