How effective are probiotics for the treatment of pediatric atopic dermatitis (AD)?

Updated: Apr 26, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Conflicting results have been reported regarding the use of probiotics (eg, Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium) in preventing atopic dermatitis or in controlling symptoms in children. [69] A 2008 meta-analysis indicated that prenatal and postnatal probiotic supplementation may be helpful in preventing the development of atopic dermatitis in young children but does not appear to be effective in treating existing atopic dermatitis. [48] Further studies on the subject are needed prior to developing firm conclusions on the usefulness of this complementary medicinal treatment. Deo et al have suggested low-dose methotrexate as a treatment option in the pediatric population. [70]

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