Vitamin D improves symptoms of severe eczema in kids, finds study
Researchers have found in a randomized controlled trial that Vitamin D supplementation eased the symptoms experienced by children with severe atopic dermatitis, or eczema. The study has been published in journal Pharmacology Research & Perspectives.
This study aimed to evaluate the impact of vitamin D supplementation on response to standard treatment in pediatrics with severe atopic dermatitis.
Few foods naturally contain vitamin D. The flesh of fatty fish and fish liver oils are among the best sources . Beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks have small amounts of vitamin D. Mushrooms also provide variable amounts of vitamin D2 .U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines recommend that adults consume 400 IUs of vitamin D daily and children under 18 consume 200 IUs.
Investigators reported on the results of 86 patients with the inflammatory skin condition who completed the trial and received either oral daily vitamin D or placebo, in addition to standard care, for 12 weeks.
"Vitamin D supplementation could be an effective adjuvant treatment that improves the clinical outcomes in severe atopic dermatitis," the authors wrote.
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