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Radiation Physics and Chemistry
Year: 2009  |  Volume: 78  |  Issue: 7  |  Page No.: 441 - 444

Preparation of hydrogels for atopic dermatitis containing natural herbal extracts by gamma-ray irradiation

Youn-Mook Lim, Sung-Jun An, Hae-Kyoung Kim, Yun-Hye Kim, Min-Ho Youn, Hui-Jeong Gwon, Junhwa Shin and Young-Chang Nho    

Abstract: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a familial and chronic inflammatory pruritic skin disease that affects a large number of children and adults in industrialized countries. It is known that one of the prominent features of AD and chronic pruritus is partially due to the histamine released from mast cell. In this work, hydrogel patches with natural herbal extracts were prepared by “freezing and thawing”, and a gamma irradiation. It showed eminent healing results as a consequence of long-term moisturizing effects and natural herbal extracts on atopic wounds. Besides its non-toxicity and human harmlessness, it can be easily attached to or detached from the skin without any trace and help patients to feel refreshment when attached. Based on this work, the hydrogel patches we made can be potentially used as an alternative remedy for not only pruritus in AD, but other dermatitis.

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