Welcome to the SOFTER website!



The Softened Water for Eczema prevention trial (SOFTER) is an outcome assessor-blinded pilot randomised controlled trial of an ion-exchange water softener for the prevention of atopic eczema in newborn babies. The trial is led by Dr Carsten Flohr, Consultant Paediatric Dermatologist at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.





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