"DERMASILK FOR AUSTRALIANS" CASE STUDY

In May 2010, Link Healthcare conducted some case studies with long term eczema sufferers. Candidates were selected by responding to the "DermaSilk for Australians" Case Study offer inserted in the Eczema Association of Australia Autumm Newsletter. A total of 18 candidates (all genders and ages) participated in this study.

We would like to thank all the families who participated and provided us with their diaries, photos and feedback.  

 

STORY 1: Ethan S., Marks Point, NSW, AUSTRALIA    

Ethan is a 3 years old boy who firstly had eczema when he was 8 months old. Moisturisers, cortisone cream, fish oil and anti-histamine are some of the medications Ethan's mum usually uses. Ethan participated on the "DermaSilk for Australians" Case Study in May 2010. He wore a DermaSilk Pyjama set (top and pants) for 3 weeks.

  
 
Day 0    Ethan's torso Ethan's back   

In the past week, the eczema has been well controlled
The skin appears red and angry and slightly itchy
In the past week, the itch has been moderate

 
Day 7      

In the past week, the eczema has been well controlled
Today the skin appears under control
T
he itch has been good, DermaSilk has helped

  
 
Day 14  Ethan's torso Ethan's back  

In the past week, the eczema has been well controlled
The skin appears under control
The itch has been under reasonable control
Today, the itch has been good and DermaSilk has helped

 
POEM SCORE*

 

"I'm the mother of Ethan (3.5 years old boy). We have done the 3 week trial and completed it and very happy with the results of Ethan wearing the DermaSilk lonf sleeve shirt. We are considering buying some more pieces to help Ethan through his eczema flare outs. We found the shirt easy to put on, it helped reduce a lot of his flare outs and helped reduce the "itching" we found he wasn't scratching as much...we noticed his skin go from red angry to calm, less itchy.

I thank you so much for letting us trial your DermaSilk shirts, I wish you all the best with getting the word out there, we are very happy with the trial and have been telling many friends and family about it, so hopefully it may help someone else". Ethan's mum, Elisha.

 
       

STORY 2: E.S., Bundeena, NSW, AUSTRALIA

 
E.S. is 13 years old and have suffered from eczema for all her life. E.S. participated on the "DermaSilk for Australians" Case Study in May 2010. She wore a DermaSilk long sleeve shirt for 3 weeks.    
Day 0 E.S.  Arm E.S. Elbow   

In the past week, the eczema has been tending to flare 
Skin appears red and angry             
In the past week, the itch has been bad (interrupted sleep)

 
Day 7 E.S. Arm    
In the past week, the eczema has been well controlled
Today the skin appears under control
The itch has been under reasonable control
The itch is moderate
DermaSilk has helped

   
Day 14 E.S.  Arm E.S. Elbow  

In the past week, the eczema has been well controlled
The skin appears under control
The itch has been under reasonable control
The itch has been good (meaning less itching)
Sleeping has been better and DermaSilk has helped.

 
POEM SCORE*

 
       
STORY 3: C.M., Cleveland, QLD, AUSTRALIA    

C.M. was almost 5 years old when she participated on the DermaSilk For Australians Case Study. C.M. has suffered from Eczema for 4 years and at the time of the study, her flare-up was moderate and the most affected area was her legs. She wore a DermaSilk 5-6 years old Leggings for 3 weeks.

 
Day 0  C.M. Legs  

In the past week, the eczema has been tending to flare
The skin appears under control
In the past week, the itch has been bad (interrupted sleep)
Today, the itch is bad.

 

 
Day 7    C.M. Legs  
In the past week, the eczema has been well controlled
Today the skin appears under control
The itch has been under reasonable control and moderate
DermaSilk has helped.
 

 
Day 14  C.M. Legs  

In the past week, the eczema has been well controlled
The skin appears under control
The itch has been under reasonable control
The itch has been moderate
Sleeping has been better and DermaSilk has helped.

 

 
POEM SCORE*

 
"[C.M.] legs look a lot better, less red, less inflamed, less itchy". C.M.'s mum    
       
STORY 4: T.G., Dunwich, QLD, AUSTRALIA    

T.G. is 7 years old and has had eczema since he was only 3 months old. T.G. participated on the "DermaSilk for Australians" Case Study in May 2010. At time of this study, his most affected area was behind the knees and leags. T.G. wore a DermaSilk leggings for 3 weeks.

 
 Day 0    T.G. Legs  
 

In the past week, the eczema has been well controlled
The skin appears under control
In the past week, the itch has been moderate

 

 
 Day 7      
In the past week, the eczema has been well controlled
Today the skin appears red and angry
The itch has been bad 
  
 
Day 14    T.G. Legs  

In the past week, the eczema has been well controlled
The skin appears under control
The itch has been under reasonable control
The itch has been moderate
Sleeping has been better.

 

 
POEM SCORE*

 
"The eczema was the best it has ever been in the first few days of the week." T.G.'s mum.    
       
       
U. K. CASE STUDY - SAM’S STORY      

Sam was 3 years of age and had been suffering from eczema since he was one month old. His regular medication included ointment, moisturiser creams and antihistamine. For the case study he used DermaSilk pyjamas and gloves."The eczema was the best it has ever been in the first few days of the week". T.G.'s mum

No changes were made to his medications. These are comments from his mother, who kept a diary throughout the study.

 
Day 0 Sam's Legs Sam's Back  

Past week his eczema has flared.
Skin appeared red and angry.
Itching has been bad (interrupted sleep).
The itch today is moderate.

 
Day 7      

In the past week his eczema has been well controlled
Today the skin appears under control
In the last week the itch has been under reasonable control
Today the itch is good
DermaSilk has helped!

 
Comments:"I noticed a great improvement in his skin within 24 hours"    
Day 14 Sam's Legs Sam's Back  

In the past week his eczema has been well controlled
Today his skin appears under control
In the last week the itch has been under reasonable control
DermaSilk has helped!

 

“The improvement in Sam’s skin over the past 14 days has been fantastic. Except for the time that Sam was in hospital having intensive treatment, I don’t think I have seen his skin looking so good. Even my family have commented on how good he is looking. He is sleeping so much better at night which makes him happier during the day”. Sam’s mother Sandra

 
       
       
POEM SCORE* - Adapted from The Patient-Oriented Eczema Measure. Development and Initial Validation of a New Tool for Measuring Atopic Eczema Severity from the Patient's Perspective. Carolyn R. Charman, BM, Bch, MRCP, Andrea J. Venn, PhD; Hywel C. Williams, PhD, FRCP. Arch Dermatol. 2004;140:1513-1519.