Winter can be a tough time for eczema sufferers. The cold, dry air can make eczema harder to manage. Many people know that emollient therapy helps with eczema triggered by winter dehydration but new research suggests vitamin D can be an effective treatment, as well.
A recent study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (2014) suggests vitamin D helps alleviate winter eczema in children.
To determine the effects of vitamin D supplementation on winter-related eczema, researchers conducted a small randomized trial in Boston with 2 to 17 year olds, with the mean age at 9 years old. All the children in this study consistently suffered winter-related eczema flare-ups. One group was given vitamin D (1000 IU/day) and the other group was given a placebo for one month. Both groups were given information on eczema and basic skin care with emollients.
The study found that vitamin D supplementation can significantly alleviate cold-weather eczema flare-ups in children.
Vitamin D is known to have substantial immune boosting attributes. While phototherapy has been a successful treatment for winter eczema largely due to its ability to increase vitamin D levels, this method also exposes children to harmful UV rays. Researchers sought an alternative that would be both effective and safe.
Testing vitamin D levels can be expensive but taking a vitamin D supplement in the winter is an easy, inexpensive way to reduce children’s eczema. Be sure to discuss this with both your child’s doctor and pharmacist to ensure the proper dosage.
Also, remember that emollient therapy is essential for managing eczema. Emollient therapy is simple: take a warm bath or shower, then apply an eczema cream liberally, and dress in anti-itch eczema garments.
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