vitamin D helps children with winter-related eczema

As if your eczema is not annoying enough, it might become even more annoying this winter. Because of the dry air, eczema can become even worse in the winter. But, help is here.

Dry winter air can cause dry, irritated skin in anyone, and in people with eczema, it can cause flare ups of their skin condition.

104 children with an average age of 9 who suffered from winter-related eczema were given either a placebo or 1,000IU of vitamin D a day for 4 weeks.

When the kids in the vitamin D group were compared to the kids in the placebo group, they had both statistically and clinically better improvement in eczema symptoms as measured by the Eczema Area and Severity Index. The placebo group improved by 3.3 points, but the vitamin D group improved by 6.5 points.

The vitamin D not only worked, it worked safely: there were no adverse effects.

So, supplementing vitamin D may soothe your skin this winter.

More recent research has added another clue to the vitamin D-eczema puzzle: children who are repeatedly deficient in vitamin D are at higher risk of developing eczema.

Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 2014;134(4):831-835.e1

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