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Researchers: Probiotics may help eczema

October 12, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Probiotics may help prevent the inflammatory skin condition eczema in some children.Some types of eczema are believed to be related to allergies.

Dutch researchers gave more than 150 pregnant women with a family history of allergies a form of probiotics or "good" bacteria.

Then, their babies were given select strains of probiotics for one year while some received a placebo.

According to Reuters, researchers found that the children who took probiotics and not the placebo had less instances of eczema.

It should be noted that one of the study's authors works for a company that manufactures probiotics.

According to the National Institutes of Health, eczema is not dangerous or contagious but is most common in babies and children. There is no cure.

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