Atopic dermatitis is a chronic disease that is characterized by itchy and inflamed skin. The prevalence of atopic dermatitis has significantly increased during the past several decades. There has been significant interest in Chinese herbal medicine as a treatment for atopic dermatitis. The objective of this case study is to report a case of the use of Chinese herbs for treating atopic dermatitis in a six-month-old boy. This patient presented with dry erythematous and pruritic patches on both cheeks and the creases of both elbows and knees. He was diagnosed with atopic dermatitis by his pediatrician when he was two months old. The original medical advice was to change the infant’s formula to one that was soy-based, but the condition continued. Hydrocortisone 0.5% ointment was prescribed but the patient’s family preferred not to use it. The patient was prescribed a Chinese herbal decoction prepared from Feng Guang Shen, Fu Ling and Shan Yao to be administered in his formula. This was administered four times per day for six months. The skin rashes gradually decreased and the patient stopped scratching his skin. By the age of 15 months the symptoms had completely disappeared. The patient was monitored for the next six years, during which time there was no recurrence of his symptoms reported by patient’s family. This case report supports the conduction of quantitative studies of the role of Chinese herbs in the management of pediatric atopic dermatitis.
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