your topical steroid use by 60%!
New study, following patients for 2 years demonstrates
long term benefits of DermaSilk Therapeutic Clothing.
Managing eczema is often a case of playing “catch up” with
the disease. Parents and clinicians are constantly having
to adjust medications to suit changes in the progression
of eczema and this can be both time consuming and expensive.
Now, a ground-breaking
study has been published which demonstrates
the long term benefits of a special range of underclothing
in controlling both the symptoms and severity of eczema
over a 2 year period.
22 children aged between 4 and 13 months of age were enrolled
in this long term study. Half received DermaSilk Therapeutic
Clothing and the other half, cotton underwear similar in
design to the DermaSilk.
At the end of the 2 year study the results showed significant
differences between the two groups:
Firstly 60% less steroid was used by the patients wearing
DermaSilk compared with those wearing cotton. This was
statistically significant and the authors linked it to
a decrease in eczema flares experienced by the DermaSilk
Secondly, 100% of the DermaSilk group expressed satisfaction
with the way in which their child’s eczema had been managed
over the 2 year period, compared with a 55% dissatisfaction
rate in the cotton group. This was especially related to
the relief of itch symptoms which is the main cause of
discomfort amongst children with eczema. Again, this was
a statistically significant difference.
Chris Steeples, Joint Managing Director
of Espère Healthcare Ltd, said “This is a remarkable piece of research
which not only demonstrates the long term effectiveness
of DermaSilk but also shows for the first time the benefits
of being able to get ahead of eczema rather than playing
catch up. Using DermaSilk on a continuous basis, rather
than just when the condition is flaring can lead to a
reduction in the actual number of flares and therefore
reduce the amount of topical steroid needed to reduce
the inflammation caused by the flares. We’ve had anecdotal
reports of this from happy customers but this is the
first time it has been reported in clinical studies.”
Even a potential treatment failure can be seen in a good
light. One patient on DermaSilk failed to complete the
study because her parents failed to replace the garments
when she grew out of them – after 5 months of continuous
usage. Similarly, an analysis of the total number of
garments issued to each patient over the duration of
the study shows that, on average, each child had one
set of replacement garments during the entire 24 months.
These garments really do last as long as we have been telling customers for years!