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The aim of this study was to investigate a previously undocumented observation, that children with atopic eczema under 9 years of age tended to have a poor antibody response to Pneumococcal vaccination. Thirty-five children (mean age 8.8 years, range 3-16 years) with moderate to severe atopic eczema but no history of systemic infection were studied(More)
An eight week double-blind placebo-controlled trial of oral zinc sulphate 185.4 mg per day was undertaken in 50 children with atopic eczema aged 1-16 years. In those receiving zinc there was no significant improvement in disease severity as assessed by surface area affected and degree of erythema, symptom scores of itch, sleep disturbance and redness of(More)
Seven cases of early congenital syphilis have been recorded in the past 10 years in the Mersey Regional Health Authority. Antenatal serology was initially negative in five mothers, who were either incubating or acquired the infection later, and treatment had probably failed in two women given erythromycin for syphilis during pregnancy. Serology should be(More)
Although colonization of atopic dermatitis by Staphylococcus aureus is universal and bacterial infection is common, it is not known whether antibiotic therapy is helpful in eczematous children who do not have any signs suggestive of bacterial infection. Fifty children aged 1-16 years with atopic dermatitis took part in a randomized double-blind(More)
Atopic dermatitis is common and causes sleep loss, a disfiguring appearance, an unpleasant odour, teasing, short stature and restriction of career choice in severe cases. There are no drugs which control the scratching; distraction, keeping the nails short and smooth, and the use of mittens at night are all helpful. The sedative action of the older H1(More)