A study recently published by The U.S. National Library of Medicine revealed the truth about Vitamin D supplements and how they aid improvement to children with severe atopic dermatitis.
In the randomized controlled study, 84 children between the ages of 5 and 16 applied a topical 1% hydrocortisone cream twice daily. Additionally, half of the participants were given vitamin D3 1600 IU/day while the other half received a placebo supplement.
Over the course of 3 months, patients were evaluated every 4 weeks by a dermatologist. Their eczema was given an EASI score (Eczema Area and Severity Index) across 4 body regions (head/neck, torso, arms, and legs) at the beginning and conclusion of the trial.
A previous study revealed that Vitamin D supplements improved symptoms of mild cases of atopic dermatitis in eczema, however a study conducted on severe eczema and vitamin D has never been proven.
The results proved that even in severe cases of childhood eczema, vitamin D supplements when used alongside a topical hydrocortisone cream improved the extent and severity of atopic dermatitis. After thorough final examination, the control group showed an 8% improvement in their EASI score while the group who took vitamin D supplements yielded a near 40% improvement.
As we enter winter months, it can be difficult to get vitamin D outdoors. Luckily Vitamin D supplements are safe for all ages and equally as effective. There are also an assortment of foods rich in vitamin D.
- Soy Milk
- Orange Juice
- Cereal and Oatmeal
Carlson’s Vitamin D drops are designed for babies and are free from added chemicals. It can be found on Amazon or at your local vitamin shop or drugstore.
If you wish to increase the levels of vitamin D in your system outdoors, make sure that you are using an eczema-safe sunscreen to prevent damaging exposure to UVA/UVB radiation. Limit time under the sun as sunburn can greatly damage the skin and worsen eczema symptoms.
In both cases, Vitamin D is not guaranteed or proven to improve eczema symptoms. Consult with your doctor before prolonged sun exposure or before taking vitamin D supplements.
This information is not meant to replace a visit to a physician or a physician’s advice. Always consult your doctor about your medical conditions. The Eczema Relief Store does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of any condition.