Get­ting rid of the itch

> An im­mune-reg­u­lat­ing pro­bi­otic has been found to be able to im­prove in­ci­dences of mod­er­ate to se­vere eczema

The Sun (Malaysia) - - URBAN PARENTING -

Eczema is one of the pre­sen­ta­tions of an atopic disor­der, one of the three atopic dis­or­ders of the atopic tri­an­gle.

The atopic march shows a link be­tween atopic der­mati­tis (eczema), al­ler­gic rhini­tis (sen­si­tive nose / hay fever) and asthma. These three atopic dis­or­ders are in fact rooted in a com­mon cause – namely a hy­per­sen­si­tive im­mune sys­tem.

The preva­lence of atopic eczema is about 20% in Malaysia and Sin­gapore. Atopic eczema is a chronic con­di­tion that bur­dens both the in­di­vid­ual and fam­ily mem­bers as they have to strug­gle with time-con­sum­ing treat­ment reg­i­mens for the dis­ease, as well as di­etary and house­hold changes.

Var­i­ous mois­turis­ers are avail­able which is cen­tred on re­hy­drat­ing the skin and pre­vent­ing it from over-dry­ing.

This is im­por­tant as dry skin will trig­ger the scratch­ing sen­sa­tion which would then lead to a vis­cious cy­cle of scratch­ing, dam­aged skin bar­rier, in­fec­tions and wors­en­ing of eczema.

How­ever, when it comes to ad­dress­ing ab­nor­mal­i­ties within the im­mune sys­tem, the op­tions are few.

Lac­to­bacil­lus fer­men­tum PCC (PCC in short) is an im­munereg­u­lat­ing pro­bi­otic which has been found to be able to im­prove in­ci­dences of mod­er­ate to se­vere eczema.

Clin­i­cal stud­ies per­formed on this par­tic­u­lar strain of pro­bi­otic sourced from Den­mark shows that PCC helped im­prove eczema in 92% of pa­tients over a course of eight weeks.

The term pro­bi­otics is a gen­eral term refer­ing to var­i­ous non­pathogenic bac­te­ria which con­fer health ben­e­fits to hu­mans.

There are var­i­ous strains of pro­bi­otics which help with the di­ges­tive tract, but very few help mod­u­late the im­mune sys­tem, and fewer still have been shown to be clin­i­cally ef­fec­tive against eczema.

PCC from Den­mark is a trusted pro­bi­otic strain which has been rig­or­ously tested and which sat­is­fies all the re­quire­ments of an im­mune-reg­u­lat­ing pro­bi­otics ad­her­ing to all of the strict stan­drads set by the FAO/WHO panel.

Lee was rec­om­mended PCC by her com­mu­nity phar­ma­cist who no­ticed her fre­quently fill­ing up her steroid cream pre­scrip­tions.

Lee dis­cov­ered over the weeks that her baby’s eczema grad­u­ally set­tled down.

Now, months later, she notes how the days in-be­tween the flare­ups are much longer than be­fore, her re­cov­ery much quicker, and her baby is less fussy.

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