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Emollient bath additives for eczema add no benefit

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The first randomised controlled trial of emollient bath additives for children with eczema found that they added no clinically-important benefits, compared with usual care.1

The NHS in England spends an estimated £23 million per year on bath-additive products that are designed to leave a protective oily layer on the skin.1 This pragmatic, open-label trial investigated the clinical and cost effectiveness of bath-additive products and included 483 children (aged 1 to 11 years) who fulfilled the UK diagnostic criteria for atopic dermatitis. Patients were …

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