Equally Effective Lotion, Cream, Gel and Ointment for Childhood Eczema | Health, Medicine and Fitness

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THURSDAY, June 2, 2022 (HealthDay News) — There is no difference in effectiveness between the four main types of moisturizers for childhood eczema, according to a study published online May 23 in The Lancet Child and adolescent health.

Matthew J. Ridd, Ph.D., of the University of Bristol in the UK, and colleagues compared the clinical effectiveness and safety of four main types of emollients. Children (aged 6 months to 12 years) with eczema were randomly assigned to lotions (137 children), creams (140 children), gels (135 children) and ointments (138 children).

Researchers observed no difference in eczema severity between emollient types over 16 weeks. The results remained unchanged even with multiple imputation, sensitivity and subgroup analyses. There were also no observed differences in the total number of adverse events between treatment groups (36, 39, 40, and 35% for lotions, creams, gels, and ointments, respectively). However, tingling was less common with ointments (9%) than with lotions (20%), creams (17%) and gels (19%).

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“A study of this type is long overdue. It was not in the interest of manufacturers to directly compare types of moisturizers as we did in this trial,” Ridd said in a statement. “Our findings challenge conventions about how often moisturizers should be applied, which types are less likely to cause problems, and which patients should be recommended for certain types.”

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