Topical Vitamin B12 for Eczema
Treatments for eczema (atopic dermatitis) aim to control inflammation, decrease itching, and manage infections that may occur as a result of repeated skin irritation. Common treatments can cause significant side effects; for example, topical corticosteroids used to decrease inflammation and control itching may cause skin thinning and prolong the healing time of damaged skin, and topical tacrolimus can cause a burning sensation or itching. Topical vitamin B12 offers a new therapeutic approach for eczema. In a randomized, placebo-controlled study, 49 patients applied compounded vitamin B12 cream to affected areas on one side of the body, and a placebo cream to affected areas on the other side of the body two times per day for eight weeks. Vitamin B12 was significantly superior to placebo in reducing the extent and severity of eczema, and the treatment was very well tolerated. Ask our compounding pharmacist about vitamin B12 cream and other customized medications that meet specific patient needs.