Alternative Medicine in Pediatric Dermatology: What Is the Evidence?

Mark A. Strom, Peter A. Lio*

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Many patients seek alternative and complementary therapies, particularly when diseases are incurable or when conventional treatments have undesirable side effects that are real or perceived. This article reviews some selective evidence behind alternative therapies utilized in the treatment of three common diseases in pediatric dermatology: atopic dermatitis, acne vulgaris, and cutaneous warts. While some show promise, the treatments discussed vary greatly in the quality and quantity of supporting evidence and should be carefully considered when advising patients on their use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-170
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Dermatology Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2014


  • Acne
  • Alternative
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Complementary
  • Eczema
  • Pediatric dermatology
  • Therapy
  • Warts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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