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The efficacy of a homoeopathic complex topical cream on diaper dermatitis

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. J. Pellow; Dr. J.L. Schultz en_US
dc.contributor.author Swanepoel, Marlo
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-18T19:05:30Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-18T19:05:30Z
dc.date.issued 2012-11-18
dc.date.submitted 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/8210
dc.description M.Tech. en_US
dc.description.abstract Diaper dermatitis (Nappy Rash) is an acute inflammation of the skin in the diaper area and is the most common cutaneous disease among infants and children (Concannon et al., 2001). It is estimated that 7% - 35% of diaper wearing infants are affected by Diaper dermatitis during the period of wearing diapers (Barkin and Rosen, 2003). The exact prevalence is not known as many cases are selfmedicated by parents or guardians (Wolf et al., 2000). Diaper dermatitis causes severe discomfort to the infants as well as anxiety and worry for the parents. Diaper dermatitis is characterised by redness, inflammation, dryness, scaling, itching, irritability, pain, satellite lesions, papulovesicular or pustular eruptions, and in severe cases ulceration of the skin (Visscher and Hoath, 2006). This study aimed to assess the efficacy of a Homoeopathic complex cream as a topical treatment for Diaper dermatitis. The complex consisted of Atropa belladonna 6cH, Calendula officinalis D1 and Sulphuricum acidum 6cH. Madaji milking cream was used as a base which contained: chlorhexidene; vitamin E; and lanolin. The treatment group received the medicated Madaji milking cream whereas the control group received the unmedicated Madaji milking cream. The Diaper dermatitis was evaluated using a 4-Point Grading Scale (Appendix D) and The Modified Lund and Browder Chart (Appendix E). Forty participants who met the inclusion and exclusion criteria were recruited to participate in this double blind control study by means of advertisements (Appendix A) that were placed on notice boards at the various campuses of the University of Johannesburg, nursery schools and hospitals, with relevant permission given. Participants were also recruited via word of mouth. Once participants were accepted into the study they were allocated to either Group A or Group B using matched pairs according to severity in order to ensure equal v distribution in both groups. There were 20 participants in each group. Group A was the treatment group which received the medicated Madaji milking cream. Group B was the control group which received the unmedicated Madaji cream. The study was completed over a seven day period. The ten areas most commonly affected by Diaper dermatitis were evaluated on the initial visit, day two, day four and day seven. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Diaper dermatitis - Homeopathic treatment en_US
dc.subject Nappy rash - Homeopathic treatment en_US
dc.subject Contact dermatitis - Homeopathic treatment
dc.title The efficacy of a homoeopathic complex topical cream on diaper dermatitis en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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