Management of atopic dermatitis The next challenge for probiotics
An accumulating amount of evidence points towards an intimate interplay between the mucosal immune systemand the gut microbiota, with allergy as a clear example. Because of this relationship, probiotics have a high potential and havealready been shown to have promising effects in immune-modulation. Nevertheless, the literature clearly suggests that probioticsexhibit strain-specific properties which may explain the sometimes conflicting outcomes. The approach of carefully selectingprobiotic strains for a specific application has proven to be successful in prevention of atopic dermatitis (eczema). Therefore, thefirst step in designing the next generation multispecies probiotic formulation for the management of existing eczema has beenmade by using the same integrative approach. This newly developed multispecies probiotic product will be studied in vivo for itseffectiveness in the management of eczema.