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Acupressure in Pruritus for Atopic Dermatitis

2014-08-27 03:15:42 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The purpose of this study is to see if acupressure will be effective at reducing itch in people with atopic dermatitis.

Description

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is recognized as a major and common problem worldwide. In the United States, AD and related eczematous symptoms affect 17% of the population; 1 in 10 individuals report having experienced symptoms causing quality of life (QoL) distress, including itching/scratching, red/inflamed rash, excessive dryness/scaling, and/or symptoms lasting ≥ 14 days. Two-thirds of these subjects noted at least moderate to severe symptoms, with itch being the most disturbing.Effective treatment of AD and of pruritus are interconnected. Treating AD will decrease the stimulus for the itch, whereas treating pruritus will decrease the feedback cycle brought on when a patient scratches the skin continually. Effective medications for AD and related symptoms include topical corticosteroids and calcineurin inhibitors. Oftentimes, these remedies are insufficient at treating the itch component of the disease. There is demand for alternative, complementary treatments for AD-related pruritus.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Atopic Dermatitis

Intervention

Standard of care eczema treatment, Accu-patch pellets

Location

Northwestern University Department of Dermatology
Chicago
Illinois
United States
60611

Status

Recruiting

Source

Northwestern University

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:15:42-0400

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