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Omega-3 oils may help eczema

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Patients who suffer from eczema, a skin condition that causes dry, itchy inflammation of the skin, could benefit from increasing their intake of omega-3 fatty acids, experts suggest.

German researchers carried out a study involving 44 eczema sufferers between the ages of 18 and 40, all of whom were given daily supplements containing 5.7g of omega-3 or a placebo.

The researchers, whose findings are published in the British Journal of Dermatology, found that patients on the omega-3 regime benefited from an 18 per cent reduction in their symptoms after eight weeks.

Omega-3 can be obtained naturally by boosting intake of oily fish such as fresh tuna, mackerel, salmon and herring.

Professor Margitta Worm, one of the study's authors, told the Daily Telegraph: "These positive results will be investigated in further clinical trials to improve the management of atopic eczema which is a growing problem."

Up to one fifth of schoolchildren and one in 12 adults suffer from eczema in the UK.ADNFCR-858-ID-18526579-ADNFCR

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