Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Atopic Dermatitis: An Evidence-Based Review

@article{Vieira2016ComplementaryAA,
  title={Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Atopic Dermatitis: An Evidence-Based Review},
  author={Brittany L. Vieira and Neil R Lim and Mary E. Lohman and Peter A. Lio},
  journal={American Journal of Clinical Dermatology},
  year={2016},
  volume={17},
  pages={557-581}
}
BackgroundComplementary and alternative interventions are becoming increasingly utilized as adjuncts to conventional treatment of atopic dermatitis (AD). While the number of studies continues to grow, the vastness of the subject coupled with the relatively poor quality and small size of the studies limit their usefulness to clinicians.PurposeOur aim was to comprehensively review randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of complementary and alternative therapies for AD.MethodsSearches were performed… 
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