Eczema

The text below is taken from Vitamin D and eczema

Atopic dermatitis (AD), a type of eczema, is an inflammatory chronic skin disorder that causes the skin to itch. People with atopic dermatitis often experience periods of illness 'flare' and remission.

Zbigniew Samochocki, MD, PhD, and colleagues aimed to assess the correlation between vitamin D levels and AD symptoms, and evaluate the influence of vitamin D supplementation on AD.

The researchers included 95 patients with AD between the ages of 18 and 58 and gender matched healthy controls. Vitamin D levels were assessed and compared between the two groups, and severity of AD was measured by a dermatologist.

The frequency of bacterial skin infections and winter exacerbations were higher in patients with AD who had low vitamin D levels.

Eighty two percent of patients with levels below 30 ng/ml had bacterial skin infections compared with 17% patients with levels >30 ng/ml. The authors attribute this to vitamin D's potential immune protective properties.

The researchers selected 22 patients with the lowest vitamin D levels (7 ng/ml) who had histories of skin infections to supplement with 2000 IU vitamin D3 daily for 3 months. Mean vitamin D status improved to 13 ng/ml, although none of the participants reached sufficiency. Following supplementation, AD symptoms significantly improved, as reported by a dermatologist evaluating the participants before and after treatment.

The text below is taken from the link below http://nationaleczema.org/living-with-eczema/scratch-pad/improvement-vitamin-supplements/

Dear NEA Scratch Pad:

Since my recent diagnosis of vitamin D deficiency and subsequent therapy with supplements, my eczema flares have disappeared and my rash is clearing! My diagnosis was made in March and coincided with your article "Vitamin D: Hype or Healer?" by Peter A. Lio, MD, published in the first quarter 2011 issue of The Advocate, I was skeptical! But now, with vitamin D supplements of 4000 per day and my health improving, I have hope for the first time in my life. I feel better now than I have felt in over 30 years. I am 69 years old and have had eczema my whole life. I live in a sunny climate, in Texas, and have had a lifetime of exposure to the sun. Thanks for continuing to inform for the sake of people like me, who have suffered all their life with this disease.

Barbara Barnett
Mansfield, Texas

The most significant action that we can take as nation to reduce health care costs is to get everybody's blood level to the Healthy Range.