Vitamin D For Eczema Is An Effective Treatment

vitamin D for eczema

The percentage of children and adults with eczema hovers above 10 percent, which translates into tens of millions of people who suffer with this dermatological condition every day. Eczema is a challenge to treat, which is why the finding that vitamin D may be an effective treatment is so important.

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What is eczema?

Nearly 32 million people in the United States have symptoms of eczema, and about one third of the 10.7 percent of children in the US with the skin condition have moderate to severe disease. It appears that most children with eczema go on to have the disease as adults, since the prevalence among this population may be as high as 10.2 percent.

The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis, and it usually appears as a red, itchy rash on the legs, cheeks, and arms. Atopic dermatitis is considered to be the a more serious type of eczema and is associated with other sensitivities, such as easily irritated dry skin, hand or eyelid dermatitis, cataracts, and skin infections such as herpes.

Vitamin D and eczema

The new findings come from a systematic review and meta-analysis that involved 24 studies in which vitamin D levels were analyzed in cases of atopic dermatitis. Compared with healthy individuals without eczema, people of any age who had atopic dermatitis had lower serum vitamin D levels. In addition:

  • Low vitamin D levels were especially prevalent among children
  • Scores on the Scoring Atopic Dermatitis index and Eczema Area and Severity Index improved once individuals began vitamin D supplementation

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These findings suggest that vitamin D supplementation can be helpful in individuals who have eczema (atopic dermatitis). The authors point out, however, that they are still unclear about the specific mechanisms associated with the role of vitamin D in eczema, and that further studies are needed.

Anyone who has eczema may want to have their vitamin D levels checked and then discuss the possibility of supplementation and/or increased sun exposure with a trusted healthcare professional. He or she can recommend an appropriate dosage of vitamin D for you to take.

References
Kim MJ et al. Vitamin D status and efficacy of vitamin D supplementation in atopic dermatitis: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Nutrients 2016; 8(12): 789
National Eczema Association

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