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CellMed 2023; 13(7): 4.1-4.4

Published online May 31, 2023

https://doi.org/10.5667/CellMed.spc.025

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A Case Study of Improvement in Dyshidrotic Eczema Patients Using Ortho-Cellular Nutrition Therapy (OCNT)

Pharmacist, YoungJin Kim

Kim Pharmacy, 2F, 20, Jangdeung-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu, Republic of Korea

Correspondence to : *YoungJin Kim
E-mail: gombogi@naver.com

Received: May 31, 2023; Accepted: May 31, 2023

Objective: A case report on the improvement of dyshidrotic eczema using cellular correction nutritional therapy (OCNT)
Methods: A female patient in her 50s from Korea diagnosed with dyshidrotic eczema, experiencing symptoms such as vesicles, burning sensation, itching, and nail involvement, leading to significantly reduced quality of life
Results: Improvement of dyshidrotic eczema observed after the implementation of nutritional therapy
Conclusion: Nutritional therapy can be beneficial in alleviating symptoms in patients with dyshidrotic eczema.

Keywords Ortho-Cellular Nutrition Therapy (OCNT), dyshidrotic eczema, vesicles on hands, nail eczema, burning sensation, itching

Dyshidrotic eczema is a non-inflammatory blistering condition characterized by small, clear blisters that cluster on the skin of the hands and feet. The most common site for dyshidrotic eczema is the sides of the fingers, and it can also occur around the nails, causing deformation of the nail shape. Treatment for dyshidrosis involves rest during the acute phase and the application of topical corticosteroid creams to the affected area. Depending on the condition, the use of wet dressings, light therapy, and other interventions may also be helpful. While treatment can temporarily improve symptoms, recurrence is common.1

Dyshidrotic eczema is a disease that can be observed worldwide, but it is less commonly seen among Asians.2 There can be various causes for fungal infections, contact allergies, cosmetics or hygiene products, metals, medications, and food, among others.3

The patient in this case was diagnosed with dyshidrotic eczema and received treatment with antihistamines, oral and topical steroids, and traditional Korean medicine for over 6 months without significant improvement. Therefore, nutritional therapy was implemented, and the progress will be reported.

1. Subject

The study focused on a single case of dyshidrotic eczema.

1) Name: Han O O (F/55 years old)

2) Diagnosis: Dyshidrotic eczema

3) Onset Date: Around September 2022

4) Treatment Period: September 2022 - Present

5) Presenting Symptoms: Blister-like lesions on hands, burning sensation, itching, nail involvement

6) Past Medical History: History of salivary gland cancer, breast cancer surgery

7) Social History: Alcohol consumption (once a week for 20 years)

8) Family History: None

9) Current Medications: Synthroid tablets

2. Method

Cyaplex X (100, once a day, 1 capsule)

Eufaplex Alpha (100, once a day, 1 capsule)

Vivaimmune Capsule (100, once a day, 1 capsule)

Hwapyeongwon (101, twice a day, 1 sachet)

Licoplex (101, twice a day, 1 sachet)

These supplements were taken with water.

Aqua SAC (010, once a day, 1 sachet)

Heartberry Black (020, once a day, 2 capsules)

Cyaplex Mineral Bamboo Salt (010, once a day, 1 sachet)

These supplements were taken by dissolving them in 500ml of water and consumed slowly.

Topical:

Cyaplex Balm (101, twice a day)

Applied to the affected area in the morning and evening.

It was recommended to use Cyaplex Cleansing Bar Soap when washing hands.

In addition to that, a dietary therapy was implemented, which included avoiding foods such as wheat flour, instant foods, fried foods, alcohol, and cold foods.

The patient is a 55-year-old female who was diagnosed with dyshidrotic eczema in September 2022. She received treatment with antihistamines, steroids (oral and topical), and traditional Korean medicine for more than 6 months, but showed no improvement. To enhance antiviral activity and improve immune function, Cyaplex X Sleep was prescribed. Eufaplex Alpha was prescribed for healthy cell membrane regeneration and Vivaimmune Capsule for immune balance. Licoplex, Hwapyeongwon, AquaSAC, Heartberry Black, and Cyaplex Mineral Bamboo Salt were prescribed for inflammation relief, elimination of hand heat, detoxification, and hydration. After 2 months of treatment, on May 12, 2023, the patient experienced no new blisters and all inflamed areas improved. Additionally, the affected nails became smoother, and new, clean nails started to grow (Fig. 1). The patient also reported a reduction in severe fatigue symptoms and regained vitality in daily life.

Table 1 . Index of Symptoms Severity as Perceived by the Patient. Severity increases from 1 to 5.

Symptom1st 23.03.122nd 23.04.123rd 23.05.12Remarks
Blisters541
Itching541
Nail eczema542


Fig. 1. Comparison of photos before and after nutritional therapy. (a) Photo of the patient before undergoing nutritional therapy. (b) Photo taken on May 12, 2023, after 2 months of nutritional therapy

The patient in this case is a 55-year-old female who was diagnosed with dyshidrotic eczema in September 2022. She received treatment with antihistamines, steroid medication, and topical ointments at the hospital, and underwent traditional Korean medicine treatment for over 6 months, but did not show improvement.

While the causes of dyshidrotic eczema are diverse, traditional Korean medicine places emphasis on the importance of immune function. Therefore, in this case, the focus was on inflammation relief and immune enhancement through the implementation of nutritional therapy.

The anthocyanin-fucoidan nanocomplex in Cyaplex X has excellent immune-enhancing effects4, and anthocyanin itself has antiviral properties5, which helped prevent secondary infections. The anthocyanin-fucoidan nanocomplex can improve the absorption and stability of anthocyanin. The anthocyanin-fucoidan nanocomplex can enhance the absorption and stability of anthocyanin.6

The oleic acid7 in Eufaplex Alpha, zinc8 in Vivaimmune, and sodium ascorbate9 in sodium selenite can enhance the immune system and reduce inflammation.

Licorice in Licoplex has anti-inflammatory effects10, while bamboo leaf11 and turmeric12 in Hwapyeongwon have cooling effects.

Aqua Sac containing calcium, Heartberry Black containing polyphenols, and mineral bamboo salt were dissolved in 500cc of water and consumed to provide adequate hydration.

This case study is a single case and may not be universally applicable to all dyshidrotic eczema patients. However, it presents a case where the treatment has shown improvement in the patient's symptoms. The report is provided with the patient's consent.

  1. Center, A. M. Acute vesiculobullous hand eczema, https://www.amc.seoul.kr/asan/healthinfo/disease/diseaseDetail.do?contentId=33874, 2023.05.18.
  2. Wollina, U. Pompholyx: a review of clinical features, differential diagnosis, and management. American journal of clinical dermatology 11, 305-314 (2010).
    Pubmed CrossRef
  3. Guillet, M. H., Wierzbicka, E., Guillet, S., Dagregorio, G. & Guillet, G. A 3-year causative study of pompholyx in 120 patients. Archives of dermatology 143, 1504-1508 (2007).
    Pubmed CrossRef
  4. Han, N. R. et al. The immune-enhancing effect of anthocyanin-fucoidan nanocomplex in RAW264.7 macrophages and cyclophosphamide-induced immunosuppressed mice. J Food Biochem 45, e13631 (2021). https://doi.org:10.1111/jfbc.13631
    CrossRef
  5. Wrolstad, R. E. Anthocyanin pigments—Bioactivity and coloring properties. Journal of Food Science 69, C419-C425 (2004).
    CrossRef
  6. Lee, J. Y. et al. Anthocyanin-fucoidan nanocomplex for preventing carcinogen induced cancer: Enhanced absorption and stability. International Journal of Pharmaceutics 586, 119597 (2020). https://doi.org:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2020.119597
    Pubmed CrossRef
  7. Carrillo Pérez, C., Cavia Camarero, M. d. M. & Alonso de la Torre, S. Role of oleic acid in immune system; mechanism of action; a review. Nutrición Hospitalaria, 2012, v. 27, n. 4 (julio-agosto), p. 978-990 (2012).
  8. Overbeck, S., Rink, L. & Haase, H. Modulating the immune response by oral zinc supplementation: a single approach for multiple diseases. Arch Immunol Ther Exp (Warsz) 56, 15-30 (2008). https://doi.org:10.1007/s00005-008-0003-8
    Pubmed KoreaMed CrossRef
  9. Arthur, J. R., McKenzie, R. C. & Beckett, G. J. Selenium in the Immune System. The Journal of Nutrition 133, 1457S-1459S (2003). https://doi.org:10.1093/jn/133.5.1457S
    Pubmed CrossRef
  10. Yoon, T.-S. et al. Evaluation of solvent extraction on the anti-inflammatory efficacy of Glycyrrhiza uralensis. Korean Journal of Medicinal Crop Science 18, 28-33 (2010).
  11. Park, Y. [Park Yong-jun on Korean Medicine] Bamboo, 2023.05.18.
    CrossRef
  12. Kim, G. Y. et al. A Case Report of Treating Hot Palms and Feet at Night with Sammulhwanggeum-tang. The Journal of Internal Korean Medicine 43, 237-243 (2022).
    CrossRef

Article

Case Report

CellMed 2023; 13(7): 4.1-4.4

Published online May 31, 2023 https://doi.org/10.5667/CellMed.spc.025

Copyright © Cellmed Orthocellular Medicine and Pharmaceutical Association.

A Case Study of Improvement in Dyshidrotic Eczema Patients Using Ortho-Cellular Nutrition Therapy (OCNT)

Pharmacist, YoungJin Kim

Kim Pharmacy, 2F, 20, Jangdeung-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu, Republic of Korea

Correspondence to:*YoungJin Kim
E-mail: gombogi@naver.com

Received: May 31, 2023; Accepted: May 31, 2023

Abstract

Objective: A case report on the improvement of dyshidrotic eczema using cellular correction nutritional therapy (OCNT)
Methods: A female patient in her 50s from Korea diagnosed with dyshidrotic eczema, experiencing symptoms such as vesicles, burning sensation, itching, and nail involvement, leading to significantly reduced quality of life
Results: Improvement of dyshidrotic eczema observed after the implementation of nutritional therapy
Conclusion: Nutritional therapy can be beneficial in alleviating symptoms in patients with dyshidrotic eczema.

Keywords: Ortho-Cellular Nutrition Therapy (OCNT), dyshidrotic eczema, vesicles on hands, nail eczema, burning sensation, itching

Introduction

Dyshidrotic eczema is a non-inflammatory blistering condition characterized by small, clear blisters that cluster on the skin of the hands and feet. The most common site for dyshidrotic eczema is the sides of the fingers, and it can also occur around the nails, causing deformation of the nail shape. Treatment for dyshidrosis involves rest during the acute phase and the application of topical corticosteroid creams to the affected area. Depending on the condition, the use of wet dressings, light therapy, and other interventions may also be helpful. While treatment can temporarily improve symptoms, recurrence is common.1

Dyshidrotic eczema is a disease that can be observed worldwide, but it is less commonly seen among Asians.2 There can be various causes for fungal infections, contact allergies, cosmetics or hygiene products, metals, medications, and food, among others.3

The patient in this case was diagnosed with dyshidrotic eczema and received treatment with antihistamines, oral and topical steroids, and traditional Korean medicine for over 6 months without significant improvement. Therefore, nutritional therapy was implemented, and the progress will be reported.

Case Study

1. Subject

The study focused on a single case of dyshidrotic eczema.

1) Name: Han O O (F/55 years old)

2) Diagnosis: Dyshidrotic eczema

3) Onset Date: Around September 2022

4) Treatment Period: September 2022 - Present

5) Presenting Symptoms: Blister-like lesions on hands, burning sensation, itching, nail involvement

6) Past Medical History: History of salivary gland cancer, breast cancer surgery

7) Social History: Alcohol consumption (once a week for 20 years)

8) Family History: None

9) Current Medications: Synthroid tablets

2. Method

Cyaplex X (100, once a day, 1 capsule)

Eufaplex Alpha (100, once a day, 1 capsule)

Vivaimmune Capsule (100, once a day, 1 capsule)

Hwapyeongwon (101, twice a day, 1 sachet)

Licoplex (101, twice a day, 1 sachet)

These supplements were taken with water.

Aqua SAC (010, once a day, 1 sachet)

Heartberry Black (020, once a day, 2 capsules)

Cyaplex Mineral Bamboo Salt (010, once a day, 1 sachet)

These supplements were taken by dissolving them in 500ml of water and consumed slowly.

Topical:

Cyaplex Balm (101, twice a day)

Applied to the affected area in the morning and evening.

It was recommended to use Cyaplex Cleansing Bar Soap when washing hands.

In addition to that, a dietary therapy was implemented, which included avoiding foods such as wheat flour, instant foods, fried foods, alcohol, and cold foods.

Results

The patient is a 55-year-old female who was diagnosed with dyshidrotic eczema in September 2022. She received treatment with antihistamines, steroids (oral and topical), and traditional Korean medicine for more than 6 months, but showed no improvement. To enhance antiviral activity and improve immune function, Cyaplex X Sleep was prescribed. Eufaplex Alpha was prescribed for healthy cell membrane regeneration and Vivaimmune Capsule for immune balance. Licoplex, Hwapyeongwon, AquaSAC, Heartberry Black, and Cyaplex Mineral Bamboo Salt were prescribed for inflammation relief, elimination of hand heat, detoxification, and hydration. After 2 months of treatment, on May 12, 2023, the patient experienced no new blisters and all inflamed areas improved. Additionally, the affected nails became smoother, and new, clean nails started to grow (Fig. 1). The patient also reported a reduction in severe fatigue symptoms and regained vitality in daily life.

Table 1 . Index of Symptoms Severity as Perceived by the Patient. Severity increases from 1 to 5..

Symptom1st 23.03.122nd 23.04.123rd 23.05.12Remarks
Blisters541
Itching541
Nail eczema542


Figure 1. Comparison of photos before and after nutritional therapy. (a) Photo of the patient before undergoing nutritional therapy. (b) Photo taken on May 12, 2023, after 2 months of nutritional therapy

Discussion

The patient in this case is a 55-year-old female who was diagnosed with dyshidrotic eczema in September 2022. She received treatment with antihistamines, steroid medication, and topical ointments at the hospital, and underwent traditional Korean medicine treatment for over 6 months, but did not show improvement.

While the causes of dyshidrotic eczema are diverse, traditional Korean medicine places emphasis on the importance of immune function. Therefore, in this case, the focus was on inflammation relief and immune enhancement through the implementation of nutritional therapy.

The anthocyanin-fucoidan nanocomplex in Cyaplex X has excellent immune-enhancing effects4, and anthocyanin itself has antiviral properties5, which helped prevent secondary infections. The anthocyanin-fucoidan nanocomplex can improve the absorption and stability of anthocyanin. The anthocyanin-fucoidan nanocomplex can enhance the absorption and stability of anthocyanin.6

The oleic acid7 in Eufaplex Alpha, zinc8 in Vivaimmune, and sodium ascorbate9 in sodium selenite can enhance the immune system and reduce inflammation.

Licorice in Licoplex has anti-inflammatory effects10, while bamboo leaf11 and turmeric12 in Hwapyeongwon have cooling effects.

Aqua Sac containing calcium, Heartberry Black containing polyphenols, and mineral bamboo salt were dissolved in 500cc of water and consumed to provide adequate hydration.

This case study is a single case and may not be universally applicable to all dyshidrotic eczema patients. However, it presents a case where the treatment has shown improvement in the patient's symptoms. The report is provided with the patient's consent.

Fig 1.

Figure 1.Comparison of photos before and after nutritional therapy. (a) Photo of the patient before undergoing nutritional therapy. (b) Photo taken on May 12, 2023, after 2 months of nutritional therapy
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Table 1 . Index of Symptoms Severity as Perceived by the Patient. Severity increases from 1 to 5..

Symptom1st 23.03.122nd 23.04.123rd 23.05.12Remarks
Blisters541
Itching541
Nail eczema542

References

  1. Center, A. M. Acute vesiculobullous hand eczema, https://www.amc.seoul.kr/asan/healthinfo/disease/diseaseDetail.do?contentId=33874, 2023.05.18.
  2. Wollina, U. Pompholyx: a review of clinical features, differential diagnosis, and management. American journal of clinical dermatology 11, 305-314 (2010).
    Pubmed CrossRef
  3. Guillet, M. H., Wierzbicka, E., Guillet, S., Dagregorio, G. & Guillet, G. A 3-year causative study of pompholyx in 120 patients. Archives of dermatology 143, 1504-1508 (2007).
    Pubmed CrossRef
  4. Han, N. R. et al. The immune-enhancing effect of anthocyanin-fucoidan nanocomplex in RAW264.7 macrophages and cyclophosphamide-induced immunosuppressed mice. J Food Biochem 45, e13631 (2021). https://doi.org:10.1111/jfbc.13631
    CrossRef
  5. Wrolstad, R. E. Anthocyanin pigments—Bioactivity and coloring properties. Journal of Food Science 69, C419-C425 (2004).
    CrossRef
  6. Lee, J. Y. et al. Anthocyanin-fucoidan nanocomplex for preventing carcinogen induced cancer: Enhanced absorption and stability. International Journal of Pharmaceutics 586, 119597 (2020). https://doi.org:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2020.119597
    Pubmed CrossRef
  7. Carrillo Pérez, C., Cavia Camarero, M. d. M. & Alonso de la Torre, S. Role of oleic acid in immune system; mechanism of action; a review. Nutrición Hospitalaria, 2012, v. 27, n. 4 (julio-agosto), p. 978-990 (2012).
  8. Overbeck, S., Rink, L. & Haase, H. Modulating the immune response by oral zinc supplementation: a single approach for multiple diseases. Arch Immunol Ther Exp (Warsz) 56, 15-30 (2008). https://doi.org:10.1007/s00005-008-0003-8
    Pubmed KoreaMed CrossRef
  9. Arthur, J. R., McKenzie, R. C. & Beckett, G. J. Selenium in the Immune System. The Journal of Nutrition 133, 1457S-1459S (2003). https://doi.org:10.1093/jn/133.5.1457S
    Pubmed CrossRef
  10. Yoon, T.-S. et al. Evaluation of solvent extraction on the anti-inflammatory efficacy of Glycyrrhiza uralensis. Korean Journal of Medicinal Crop Science 18, 28-33 (2010).
  11. Park, Y. [Park Yong-jun on Korean Medicine] Bamboo, 2023.05.18.
    CrossRef
  12. Kim, G. Y. et al. A Case Report of Treating Hot Palms and Feet at Night with Sammulhwanggeum-tang. The Journal of Internal Korean Medicine 43, 237-243 (2022).
    CrossRef
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