Do nonmedicated topicals relieve childhood eczema?
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Emollients are effective first-line treatment to decrease symptoms of eczema and reduce the need to use steroids in children (strength of recommendation [SOR]: A, consistent randomized, controlled trials [RCTs]). Tar preparations work, but compliance may be limited (SOR: B, single small RCT). Gamma-linoleic acid preparations, borage oil, and evening primrose oil show efficacy in small studies (SOR: B, small RCTs). MAS063DP cream (Atopiclair) is effective (SOR: B, single RCT).
Journal of Family Practice, 58(5) 2009: 280-281.