Probiotics May Improve Eczema in Children

January 30, 2013

Probiotics may reduce eczema (atopic dermatitis) in children. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria (“friendly germs”) that keep potentially harmful bacteria and yeast under control. Probiotic supplements may reduce the incidence of atopic eczema in infants by as much as 50%. Probiotics may decrease gastrointestinal symptoms in children with eczema and may also reduce cow’s milk allergy and other allergic reactions during weaning from breastfeeding. In a new study, researchers randomly assigned 118 children ages 1-13 years to receive the probiotic Lactobacillus plantarum or placebo twice daily for 12 weeks. After 12 weeks, the researchers found that the average change in the atopic dermatitis score was significantly greater in the probiotics group than the placebo group. Furthermore, eosinophil count, which measures allergic reactions, was significantly lower at the end of the study in the probiotics group.


What is Compounding?

January 23, 2013

Shelton Pharmacy is a compounding pharmacy. But what is compounding?

Compounding is the process whereby licensed pharmacists, and certified technicians under their supervision, utilize scientific research in combination with innovative technology to carefully prepare customized medications to meet specific patient needs and solve medication problems. Compounding pharmacies help thousands of patients and practitioners by formulating medications that are not commercially available in the strength or dosage form that would be most beneficial for that particular patient. For example, we can compound topical and transdermal medications that can be used to treat local or systemic problems. Transdermal medications are highly requested for pain management, as well as for patients who are unable to take medications orally. Oral medications can be flavored for each patient and we can create dosage forms such as lollipops, and suppositories.