The truth about vitamin D and eczema.

Have you ever wondered about the importance of vitamin D in the treatment of eczema?

This week, we analyzed several studies about vitamin D and eczema. We'll also give you some tips on what is needed to treat eczema properly and effectively.

If the human body does not have a sufficient quantity of vitamin D is likely that may weaken the immune system, weakening the natural barrier of your skin and increased the likelihood of infection of the same.

It is not surprising that many people who suffer from eczema worsen in winter.

In addition the dry air created by air conditioners and heaters, it is possible that people who suffer from eczema are not receiving vitamin D in sufficient quantity.

The Eczema of her son gets worse in winter?

A kind of common treatment for severe eczema (especially during the winter months) has been exposing the skin to ultraviolet light, which in practice stimulates the production of vitamin D (obtaining of vitamin D from endogenous cholesterol is synthesized by the incidence of UVB rays of the sun on the skin).

In fact, several studies have been conducted to determine the levels of vitamin D present on the skin of people with eczema, as well as the effects of vitamin D in the treatment of eczema.

Studies with vitamin D and Eczema: randomized controlled trial with supplementation of vitamins E and D in atopic dermatitis (eczema).

In 2011, a study [1] was performed with the aim of assessing the effects of the supplementation of vitamins D and E in patients with eczema. 45 patients with eczema were included in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, where each of them was subjected to a treatment with a duration of 60 days. The groups of patients that were supplemented with vitamin D were separated in groups and supplemented with vitamin E. In both cases there was a decline of approximately 35% in the intensity of eczema.

However, when the supplementation of vitamin E (600 IU) of vitamin D3 (1600 IU) was administered to all patients improved in 64%!!

The study revealed that there were significant effects and benefits of supplementation of vitamin D in patients with eczema and even more when administered in conjunction with vitamin E.

Eczema (atopic dermatitis) treated with vitamin D (1600 IU)

In December 2016 it was performed a scientific review [2], in order to compile results of several previous studies on vitamin D and eczema.

Were analyzed four randomized controlled trials, including the above mentioned, and it was discovered that the levels of vitamin D were generally lower in patients with eczema, especially in children. All the studies that were reviewed indicated that, in general, the vitamin D helped to improve the patient's eczema.

But what is the amount of vitamin D which should take?

Although many studies have shown that vitamin D may be beneficial in the treatment of eczema, another issue which can be put is whether the amount of vitamin D needed for a safe and effective treatment.

Before taking vitamin D it is important to bear in mind that, in the summer, your body is able to generate around 20 thousand units of vitamin D (day) Only with exposure to the sun.

However, during the winter months, it is difficult to generate a similar amount and much less than the recommended dosage.

Recommendations for the determination of vitamin D

Normally, the recommended dose is 16 IU of vitamin D per kg of body weight.

See the chart below for more information:

Age Dosage
Less than 5 35 units per kg per day
Between 5 – 10 2500 units per kg per day
Adults 4000-8000 units per kg per day

Pregnant Women

5000-10000 units per kg per day

Although these are general recommendations, the only reliable way to know the necessary amount of vitamin D is through blood tests.

Don't forget: Talk with your doctor before beginning any type of supplementation.

Where to find the vitamin D?

  • In oily fish and fish oils, as well as small quantities of cow liver, egg yolks of eggs and cheese. Not all oils are equal, therefore, we will shortly publish a post about fish oil and its influence on eczema.
  • Foods fortified with vitamin D and some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk and cereals.
  • Sun, Sun and Sun ... and yes, a lot of sun!
  • Acquiring in pharmacies pills of vitamin C.

Once again, if you're thinking in doing supplementation of vitamin C should always consult your physician before you begin to do so.

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