Eczema sufferers sought for silk clothing trial

By Sara Bryce

Sunday, February 2, 2014


YOUNG eczema sufferers on the Isle of Wight are being invited to take part in a scientific trial at the University of Portsmouth.

Scientists at the university want 300 youngsters — aged between one and 15 with moderate to severe eczema — from Portsmouth and the Island to test whether wearing silk clothing affects the skin condition.

The study is being led by the University of Nottingham and participants are also being sought from Nottingham, Cambridge and London.

Tara Dean, health sciences and social work professor at the University of Portsmouth, said: "Most treatments of eczema only suppress the condition and may have side-effects.

"Silk clothing is thought to have protective and antimicrobial properties."

The eight-month trial will compare silk underclothing plus normal eczema care to normal care alone. One group will wear silk underwear — a bodysuit and leggings or vest and leggings depending on the child’s age.

Selected children will need to attend St Mary’s Hospital four times and parents will also be asked to fill out a weekly questionnaire.

For more information, contact research nurse Jane Grundy of the NHS Isle of Wight Trust on 01983 534178 or e-mail



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by Keven Ball

3rd February 2014, at 16:53:14

Roger, I do not want any free ferry trips? I was asking if people who wanted to take part would get any payment or travel expenses paid...

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by Roger Grey

3rd February 2014, at 10:54:10

No free ferry trips for you I fear:
"Selected children will need to attend St Mary’s Hospital four times"

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by David Blackford

3rd February 2014, at 09:15:30

That is excellent advice James - I suffer a bit from psoriasis and non-bio helped a lot

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by James McAdder

3rd February 2014, at 08:30:55

My own children suffered from eczma until we changed to a non-bio washing powder.

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by Keven Ball

2nd February 2014, at 18:35:19

@ b ward
I feel there are many factors that might cause or worsen the condition as you have pointed out your own through experience. I feel the research would benefit many suffers of Eczema and is worthwhile if anyone can help. I asked about travel costs as it is not fair for people to pay for ferry crossing and/or accommodation (if required) to support the studies of the university in my opinion. I would kindly ask the paper if they can find this information out?

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by b ward

2nd February 2014, at 18:31:52

the few times my children when young got patches of eczeme, i found that changing washing powders stopped it straight away. There was a
powder in a pink box called filletti.
However,lately at the grand old age of 45 i started to get patches on
eczema, the cause i had started eating marmite for the first time and
i was allergic to it.
So it can be caused by a variety of thngs.
Would be quite happy to be given free silk underwear if it is going though, although it is a pig to wash,and always goes to holes in the

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by Keven Ball

2nd February 2014, at 15:01:20

Do the patients get travel costs and/or any pay?

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