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Antibiotics Are Not Effective In Treating Eczema, Reveals Study

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If you are trying to get rid of the itching that is caused due to Eczema in your children, then gulping an antibiotic or applying an antibiotic cream may not be of any help.

A study has revealed that there lies no underline benefit for eczema, by the use of oral or any topical antibiotics for children who are infected with mild clinical eczema.

Eczema In Children

A common condition, Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin-related problem that usually affects nearly one in five children in the UK. It is usually characterized by itchiness on skin, reddening of skin and rashes.  

The condition sometimes takes a worse turn and the rashes may turn into hard “flares”.

A quick solution to this problem of eczem  ill date was believed to be antibiotics. However, a recent study shares that taking antibiotics to treat the issue of Eczema may not be a fruitful solution.

The CREAM Study

In a study conducted by researchers of the Cardiff University, it was revealed that antibiotics are not effective anymore in treating children who are infected with mild eczema.

The experiment was named the Children with Eczema, Antibiotic Management (CREAM) study where the aim was to determine the effects of oral and various topical antibiotics creams and ointments on children who were infected with eczema.

The researchers chose 113 children infected with mild cases of eczema to conduct a blind, controlled and randomized trial in an ambulatory care to find out the benefits of oral and tropical antibiotics on eczema treatment.

The children were treated with oral and tropical creams, antibiotic ointments and standardized eczema treatment involving use of steroid creams and moisturizers or only moisturizers.

Results of The Study

Results from the experiment showed that children under the treatment of topical corticosteroids and moisturizers showed rapid improvement from symptoms of eczema. However, the groups of children who were treated with antibiotics, steroid creams and moisturizers did not show any significant difference amongst themselves.

Dr. Nick Francis, lead author of the study and also the reader at Cardiff University, stated that tropical antibiotics if taken in combination with topical corticosteroids are often used to care for eczema flares.



He was assisted to a great extent by Professor Frank Sullivan, from University of Toronto along with many other colleagues from Swansea University, University of Dundee, Public Health Wales, University of Oxford and University of Bristol, in collaboration with Cardiff University.

“Providing or stepping up the potency of topical corticosteroids and emollients should be the main focus in the care of milder clinically infected eczema flares,” added Dr. Francis.  

This study has been published in journal Annals of Family Medicine.

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