Natural cure for eczema

The itch that won't quit may have met its match: A vitamin B12 cream could offer relief for the 15 million Americans with eczema, a dry, itchy skin condition.

Corticosteroids can relieve symptoms, but they can also severely irritate skin. In a 2-month multi-center study of the B12 cream, German researchers asked 49 volunteers to slather it on one side of their body and a placebo cream on the other. Nearly 60% said the B12 cream relieved their symptoms (11% reported that the placebo helped). The cream should be available later this year.

PHOTO (COLOR): Banish misery with a cream?

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By Doug Dollemore