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“He has been wearing them for 24 hours now and all I can say is WOW! His skin is already so much clearer, he has had a full night’s sleep, and very little scratching this morning. I honestly didn't think I would see the effects so quickly.”
SG Sandhurst
Customer Case Studies
   


" Last Saturday staying at grannies she was up all night scratching arms and legs to the point of bleeding.  She has had her suit on for 2 nights and last night was the first night that she has slept the whole way through since she was 6 months old.  The difference in her skin from two nights not scratching is remarkable.  All being well I hope to ween her off the night time Piriton."  WM, Fife


DermaSilk is certainly changing lives!

We receive thank you letters and Emails on a regular basis from families that have seen dramatic differences in a matter of days - just from adding DermaSilk.


Here are some of our case studies.

 
Email and lettters from:

From Jo P. Stotfold

From Mr S B. London

From Mr A G. Stevenage

From Mr E C Malahide, Dublin

From L B

Detailed Case Studies

Case 1

Case 2

Case 3

Case 4

 

 

Sam Case Study - how DermaSilk helped Sam's eczema Meet Sam.

He was one of the first people in the UK to try DermaSilk Therapeutic Clothing.

Sam was 3 years of age and had been suffering from eczema all over his body since he was a month old. His regular medication included Protopic® Ointment, Dermovate® Cream, 50/50 white paraffin and liquid paraffin mix and cetirizine antihistamine. For the case study he used DermaSilk pyjamas and gloves.

No changes were made to his medications. These are comments from his mother, who kept a diary throughout the study.
Day 0:
Sam's back
Sam's Back Day 0

Sam's legs Day 0
- Past week his eczema has flared.

- Skin appeared red and angry.

- Itching has been bad (interrupted sleep).

- The itch today is moderate.

Day 7:

- In the past week his eczema has been well    controlled

- Today the skin appears under control

- In the last week the itch has been under    reasonable control

- Today the itch is good

- DermaSilk has helped

Comments:
" I noticed a great improvement in his skin within 24 hours"

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Day 14:

- In the past week his eczema has been well controlled

- Today his skin appears under control

- In the last week the itch has been under  reasonable control

- DermaSilk has helped

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sam's back clear after using DermaSilk
Sam's Back Day 14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sam's legs Day 14

Comments:
"The improvement in Sam's skin over the past 14 days has been fantastic. Except for the time that Sam was in hospital having intensive treatment, I don't think I have seen his skin looking so good. Even my family have commented on how good he is looking. He is sleeping so much better at night which makes him happier during the day".

"Sam has not objected to wearing the pyjamas 24/7, and he even makes sure that I don't forget to put clean ones on when I change him. Although he has worn his gloves a few times it has been difficult in keeping them on him. Because of this, and that he has not had any DermaSilk socks to wear, you can actually see the improvement the clothing has made compared to his hands and feet".

Sam's mother Sandra

Update: Sam is now 7 years old and a well behaved little boy at school. Since being introduced to DermaSilk he has never been wet wrapped once. His emollient use is now 40% less than before and his flares are milder and less frequent.

He's on his third set of garments, which he wears to school without complaint.
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Mille & Ella

Mille and Ella are two young sisters with a severe dairy allergy. 

As soon as they come into contact with any dairy products they have a strong allergic reaction and can be ill for up to 8 weeks.  Their parents have tried various ways to make their daughters’ lives more comfortable and after discovering DermaSilk at the Allergy Show this has been made possible.  

 ‘DermaSilk has given us our life back’ said the little girls’ mother, ‘it acts as a barrier between Millie and Ella’s skin and any dairy products that they may come into contact with, helping to prevent an allergic reaction’.

An example of when they use DermaSilk is as follows:-
Mille and Ella travel to hospital in London by means of public transport.  This is a potential hazard for them to come into contact with dairy products that may be spilt on seats etc.  By wearing the DermaSilk gloves a barrier is then introduced.  The gloves are changed various times throughout the day as if the children touched a dairy product with the gloves on and then touched their face this would also make them ill. 

 

Prior to finding DermaSilk they were using wool and cotton gloves but Mille and Ella’s hands were suffering severely as their hands were getting very hot and clammy and their skin was then suffering.  This meant that the family tried to avoid long periods when they were out of the house to prevent this happening.

 

‘We are now able to enjoy days out as a family, going to the cinema, theatre and museums safely, and we have even booked our first ever family holiday.’


Ellens Story

Nights were intolerable. Eczema caused 3 year old Ellen to scratch herself incessantly.

A rescue came from using medicinal silk nightclothes. “Now the eczema is treated and we sleep the whole night” says her mother Louise.

Since she was a baby Ellen has had eczema on her arms and behind her knees.

“The nurse at the Children's’ Clinic explained that Ellen had atopic eczema and needed covering in emollient creams. If that didn’t work then we used topical steroids or a medicine to help reduce the itch.” continued Louise.

But the waking in the night continued. Six or seven times a night her parents were woken by their daughter’s crying. “The itch drove her crazy. We tried everything. Smothering her with cream, cooling lotions, bathing and showering her in cold water. Nothing helped” said Louse.

Ellen suffered terribly and kept asking her Louise “Mummy why does it never stop itching?” Then Louise read about a new type of silk clothing called DermaSilk which helps against eczema and ordered a pair of pyjamas to try.

“Ellen always wanted to dress like a glittery princess at bedtime but after we tried these for a few nights she didn’t want anything else on at bedtime” said Louise. “Since the very first week, nights have been calm and the sores have begun to heal. Today my daughter doesn’t need her anti-itch medicine.”

Itch is a problem. “The difference between silk and other textiles is that silk does not irritate the skin. Whereas wool, acrylic and even cotton are made of short fibres, silk fibres are longer, softer and have rounded edges – a structure which reduces friction against eczematous skin. Without itch their eczema is less of a problem. Itching at night never gives the skin a chance to heal itself.” said Ellen’s doctor.

Now Ellen wears her new pyjamas and the family sleeps soundly – most nights.
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Zoe's Story

“ I have eczema which flares up on my hands mostly. I also have Elhers-Danlos Syndrome which mostly affects my joints and to a lesser degree affects my skin.

I get something called fisheye cuts on my hands, which basically means the skin is quite thin and tears easily. For example, if my hands are a bit dry and I bend my fingers to pick something up, my skin tears on my fingers in the creases where the fingers bend and on the other parts of the fingers. My fingers then swell and the skin contracts and the splits in my skin travel to become longer and deeper. They also sting quite badly after I have washed them and moisturising them only seems to aggravate them further.

I put the DermaSilk gloves on one night when my hands were really itchy; my cream seemed to be making them worse and it was driving me crazy !

Within a few minutes the itching stopped. I was pretty amazed. I am a real sceptic when it comes to these things, so if it works on me you can be pretty sure it works !! When my hands start itching I get a bit irritable which makes them more itchy and this can go on all night ! I couldn’t believe how well the gloves worked and how quickly they helped.

Putting the gloves on stops the itching within a matter of seconds. They also relieve the stinging and actually make the skin feel less tight. The overall sore feeling goes and I can relax and carry on as normal – fantastic ! “

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Daniel's Story

Daniel has had eczema since he was 6 weeks old. He is now 22. He has been wet wrapped throughout most of his life and has regularly spent a week in hospital for intensive courses of treatment during his eczema flare-ups. His standard treatment regime includes a moisturiser, Betnovate for use on the arms, legs and trunk, Eumovate for the face and Elocon when all else fails.
Daniel’s comments:
“ Overall I'd say the DermaSilk works great, I've gone from 6 nights of heavy moisturiser/steroid (50/50 paraffin for the moisturiser) to 2 nights a week of a moderate level. I also have not had to use any Elocon, which is the strongest of the three steroids that I apply to my skin.
My skin looks and feels much better in general and I itch a lot less when wearing the DermaSilk, and even when I do, the DermaSilk helps stop any resulting irritation from becoming worse. In bad cases where I have caused an open wound, it just bleeds instead of weeping as well. Where I haven't used the DermaSilk on my face and neck, my skin becomes irritated and itchier much quicker and needs more regular steroid treatment to keep it under control.”

Daniel’s Mother commented:

“Thank you once again for the set of DermaSilk garments you sent Daniel. They have proved to be invaluable and I don't know how we would have managed without two sets of them.

Daniel wears the T-shirt and leggings during the day when he is home. He says that he finds them comfortable to wear and they help to reduce the itching of his skin. This of course means the less he itches the greater the reduction in the damage to his skin.

It would be fair to say his skin has shown a marked improvement with less swelling and redness, and at present his eczema shows no sign of any weeping or infection. Daniel continues with his daily routine of steroids, emollients and gauze suiting which he wears at night. However we are using less steroid and Daniel now has nights off from his usual routine when he now sleeps in his DermaSilk garments. Last week he had 2 nights off gauze suiting. This may not seem a lot but to Daniel its absolute bliss.

I can honestly say that the biggest problem is getting Daniel to take the suit off so that I can wash it.”

He finds it very comfortable to wear and likes the fact that he remains cool whilst wearing it. He tells me that the itching is greatly reduced and he has also noticed that his eczema is less red and swollen than it would usually be.

Daniels eczema covers the whole of his body apart from the soles of his feet and the palms of his hands, in particularly his scalp, face and neck are very severally affected. At present there is a very marked difference between this area of his body and his torso. He would very much like to be able to try the facial mask as he finds this particular area of his body very difficult to treat.”

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Detailed Case Studies

In May 2010 a series of case studies were conducted with long term eczema sufferers. As well as the usual diary and image responses the families also filled in a Patient Orientated Eczema Measure (POEM) score chart each week to monitor their eczema severity and we've shown this information as a graph in each case.

We would like to thank all the families who participated and provided us with their diaries, photos and feedback.

STORY 1: Ethan S.

Ethan is a 3 year old boy who firstly had eczema when he was 8 months old. Moisturisers, steroid cream, fish oil and anti-histamine are some of the medications Ethan's mum usually uses. Ethan participated on the DermaSilk Case Study in May 2010. He wore a DermaSilk Pyjama set (top and pants) for 3 weeks.

DAY 0
Ethan's torso
Ethan's torso
In the past week, the eczema has been well controlled
The skin appears red and angry and slightly itchy
In the past week, the itch has been moderate
Ethan's torso
DAY 7    
In the past week, the eczema has been well controlled
Today the skin appears under control
The itch has been good, DermaSilk has helped.
   
DAY 14    
In the past week, the eczema has been well controlled
The skin appears under control.
The itch has been under reasonable control. Today, the itch has been good and DermaSilk has helped
Ethan looking much better having used DermaSilk
     
"I'm the mother of Ethan (3.5 years old boy). We have done the 3 week trial and completed it and very happy with the results of Ethan wearing the DermaSilk long sleeve shirt. We are considering buying some more pieces to help Ethan through his eczema flare outs. We found the shirt easy to put on, it helped reduce a lot of his flare outs and helped reduce the "itching" we found he wasn't scratching as much...we noticed his skin go from red angry to calm, less itchy.

I thank you so much for letting us trial your DermaSilk shirts, I wish you all the best with getting the word out there, we are very happy with the trial and have been telling many friends and family about it, so hopefully it may help someone else". Ethan's mum, Elisha.

Poem Score graph


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STORY 2: E.S.
E.S. is 13 years old and have suffered from eczema for all her life. E.S. participated on the DermaSilk Case Study in May 2010. She wore a DermaSilk long sleeve shirt for 3 weeks.

DAY 0
E.S. Arm
E.S Elbow
In the past week, the eczema has been tending to flare.
Skin appears red and angry.
In the past week, the itch has been bad (interrupted sleep).

Eczema on the inner arm Eczema on the inner arm
DAY 7    
In the past week, the eczema has been well controlled.
Today the skin appears under control.
The itch has been under reasonable control.
The itch is moderate.
DermaSilk has helped.
How much DermaSilk has helped control the eczema
 
DAY 14    
In the past week, the eczema has been well controlled
The skin appears under control.
The itch has been under reasonable control. Today, the itch has been good and DermaSilk has helped
Eczema looking much more under control Eczema looking much more under control
     

 

Poem Score graph

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STORY 3: C.M.
C.M. was almost 5 years old when she participated on the DermaSilk Case Study. C.M. has suffered from Eczema for 4 years and at the time of the study, her flare-up was moderate and the most affected area was her legs. She wore a DermaSilk 5-6 years old Leggings for 3 weeks.

DAY 0
In the past week, the eczema has been tending to flare
The skin appears under control
In the past week, the itch has been bad (interrupted sleep)

Today, the itch is bad.

Eczema on the back of the legs
DAY 7    
In the past week, the eczema has been well controlled
Today the skin appears under control
The itch has been under reasonable control and moderate
DermaSilk has helped.
7 days after using DermaSilk garments looking better
 
DAY 14    
In the past week, the eczema has been well controlled
The skin appears under control
The itch has been under reasonable control
The itch has been moderate
Sleeping has been better and DermaSilk has helped.
The difference DermaSilk can make after 14 days - eczema clearing  
     

"[C.M.] legs look a lot better, less red, less inflamed, less itchy". C.M.'s mum

Poem Score Graph

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STORY 4: T.G.

T.G. is 7 years old and has had eczema since he was only 3 months old. T.G. participated on the DermaSilk Case Study in May 2010. At the time of this study, his most affected area was behind the knees and legs. T.G. wore a DermaSilk leggings for 3 weeks.

DAY 0
In the past week, the eczema has been well controlled
The skin appears under control
In the past week, the itch has been moderate


back of legs before the use of DermaSilk
DAY 7    
In the past week, the eczema has been well controlled
Today the skin appears red and angry
The itch has been bad
 
DAY 14    
In the past week, the eczema has been well controlled
The skin appears under control
The itch has been under reasonable control
The itch has been moderate
Sleeping has been better.


After using DermaSilk  
     

"The eczema was the best it has ever been in the first few days of the week." T.G.'s mum.

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