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Evidence-Based Dermatology: Research Commentary
Oct 2011

Ion-Exchange Water Softener Use and Eczema

Arch Dermatol. 2011;147(10):1208-1210. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2011.249

Commentary on: A randomised controlled trial of ion-exchange water softeners for the treatment of eczema in childrenThomas KS, Dean T, O ’Leary C, et al PLoS Med. 2011;8(2):e10000395

Question: Does water softener use improve eczema?

Design: Observer-blind, parallel group, randomized, active-controlled trial.

Setting: Participants were recruited from primary care, secondary care referral centers, and the community in 8 centers in the United Kingdom.

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