Poster Presentation: Novel Approaches to the Treatment of Allergic Diseases
Dolphin-Assisted Seawater Therapy for Severe Atopic Dermatitis: An Immunological and Psychological StudyIikura Y.a · Sakamoto Y.a · Imai T.a · Akai L.a · Matsuoka T.a · Sugihara K.a · Utumi M.b · Tomikawa M.c
aShowa University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Tokyo, bGifu College of Medical Technology, Gifu, cNational Children’s Hospital, Department of Allergy, Tokyo, Japan
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We performed seawater therapy on atopic dermatitis patients for 6 days with dolphins. The presence of the dolphins seemed to alleviate the pain patients experienced while bathing in seawater. The skin condition improved dramatically, and immunologically, serum IL-8 levels decreased but MIP-1α and eosinophil cationic protein did not change.
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