Ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) fiber compared to cotton underwear in the treatment of childhood atopic dermatitis: a double-blind randomized study

Indian Pediatr. 2009 Jul;46(7):611-4.


The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of underwear made of ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) fiber in children with atopic dermatitis (AD). Twenty-one AD children (11 EVOH group and 10 control group) were studied for 4 weeks. Their AD severity based on the Scoring Atopic Dermatitis (SCORAD) score and physiological functions were assessed. The objective SCORAD significantly decreased in both groups. However, the SCORAD score (P<0.01) and urinary cortisol levels (P<0.05) were decreased only in EVOH group. It was concluded that EVOH fiber underwear might be useful for children with atopic dermatitis.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Clothing*
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / epidemiology*
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Ethanol*
  • Ethylenes*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Textiles*


  • Ethylenes
  • Ethanol
  • ethylene