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Probiotics and Eczema: Treatment More Than Skin Deep

By    |   Wednesday, 23 Dec 2015 10:59 PM

With a number of studies indicating the importance of gut health in relation to the immune system, probiotics may be a helpful solution to preventing eczema.

Eczema is a skin condition characterized by itchy rashes, which may appear red, dry, leathery, or scaly. Probiotics are the healthy bacteria found in the intestines.

When good and bad bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract become unbalanced, the lining of the intestines may become damaged, allowing pathogens and toxins to get into the individual’s blood, according to OptiBac Probiotics. This hurts the immune system, and may lead to the development of eczema.

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Probiotics crowds out bad bacteria, allowing for the lining of the intestines to heal and protect the immune system, OptiBac Probiotics said.

In particular, research shows probiotics are most successful at fighting eczema during a woman’s pregnancy, reducing the chance of a child developing the skin allergy up to 50 percent, Prime Physique Nutrition reported. Children and infants are most likely to develop eczema.

Other research suggests probiotics may help with treating the symptoms of eczema, according to About Health.

Studies show mixed results on the effectiveness of probiotics. While certain strains — especially Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG — seemed to be effective in reducing the severity of atopic dermatitis, a form of eczema, a majority did not reduce inflammation related to the disease. Additionally, some reviews indicate some probiotics were no more effective than a placebo and even results in side effects, such as infections and bowel dysfunctions.

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More research is needed in order to assess the effect probiotics have on preventing eczema and which strains of the good bacteria do the best job, OptiBac Probiotics noted.

Prime Physique Nutrition suggested selecting probiotic sources that contain a variety of strains.

About Health also recommended obtaining medical advice prior to beginning to use probiotics. They may interact with other medications, especially immunosuppressants.

Additionally, most dietary supplements have few regulations, so patients should be careful before beginning to take them, especially if they are pregnant.

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