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Vitamin D Improves Symptoms Of Winter Related Atopic Dermatitis

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Vitamin D Improves Symptoms Of Winter Related Atopic Dermatitis

Vitamin D Improves Symptoms Of Winter Related Atopic Dermatitis

A recent study conduced by the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston MA concluded that Vitamin D improves symptoms of winter related atopic dermatitis in children. Find out how taking a daily vitamin D supplement, which is inexpensive, safe and very available to the public improved Atopic dermatitis in the patient’s observed by reading the full article below.

SOURCE: Massachusetts General Hospital

BOSTON — October 3, 2014 — A study conducted in more than 100 schoolchildren found that daily treatment with a vitamin D supplement significantly reduced the symptoms of winter-related atopic dermatitis.

“While we don’t know the exact proportion of patients with atopic dermatitis whose symptoms worsen in the winter, the problem is common,” said Carlos Camargo, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

“In this large group of patients, who probably had low levels of vitamin D, taking daily vitamin D supplements — which are inexpensive, safe and widely available — proved to be quite helpful.”

Atopic dermatitis is uncomfortable and makes patients more vulnerable to bacterial infection. Symptoms of the disorder are often worse during wintertime. While controlled administration of ultraviolet light, which can stimulate the production of vitamin D in the skin, is a common treatment for severe atopic dermatitis, the possibility that vitamin D deficiency contributes to the seasonal worsening of symptoms had received little consideration prior to this study.

The study included 107 children aged 2 to 17 years from 9 outpatient clinics in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The participants — all of whom had a history of atopic dermatitis symptoms worsening either during cold weather or around the transition from autumn to winter — were randomised to receive a daily vitamin D dose of 1000 IU or placebo in a double-blinded fashion.

Standard evaluations of atopic dermatitis symptoms were conducted at the outset of the trial and at the end of the month-long study period, and parents were also asked whether they saw any improvement in their child’s condition.

At the end of the month, children receiving the vitamin D supplement had an average 29% improvement on the primary assessment tool used, compared with 16 % improvement in the placebo group. Additional assessments — including the report from parents — also showed significantly greater improvement among children receiving vitamin D.

While data gathered at the outset of the study could not determine whether or not participating children were deficient in vitamin D, the authors noted that an even larger study of Ulaanbaatar children conducted at the same time found significant vitamin D deficiency in 98% of participants, supporting the probability that the children in this study were also deficient.

While future studies are needed to assess the value of vitamin D treatment in adults and in children with year-round symptoms, Dr. Camargo said that parents of children with symptoms that worsen in the winter should try a vitamin D supplement for a few weeks when symptoms flare to see if it helps.

SOURCE: Massachusetts General Hospital


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