Use of oral vitamin D supplements may help prevent eczema

Oct 7, 2008 Full story: Medical News 22

A study led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine suggests that use of oral Vitamin D supplements bolsters production of a protective chemical normally found in the skin, ...

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anne

Stephens City, VA

#1 Oct 24, 2008
A friend wondered if there could be a connection between vitamin d and my son's eczema. After having tried EVERYTHING for him, that seemed to make logical sense, knowing he is at his most symptom free during the summer months. He has been on vitamin d for less than a week and we are seeing improvements. We want to know, however, how many IUs we should be giving him. Currently he is receiving 800 IUs daily (and showing improvement). Any advise would be welcome.
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brea

Alaska Peninsula Nwr, AK

#2 Feb 16, 2009
Hi Anne- I was wondering if you were still having success with vitamin d. My 2-year old son has severe eczema and I just ordered vitamin d with hopes this will be our answer. We've tried everything, too, and he is so miserable this winter. From my research, I was going to try 1,000 IUs daily...Thanks for your info, Brea.
Sheila Rimer

Pompano Beach, FL

#3 Mar 12, 2009
Recent blood tests howed low Vit D levels, and my doc prescribed 5000 water soluble IUs daily. Within four days, I had immediate relief not only from my chronically aching feet and joints, but my excema cleared right up. What a wonderful side effect. I'm a devotee. When my levels slipped again, after coming off the 5000 daily IUs, the pains and the skin disorder returned in spades. I'm for maintenance on Vit D, no matter who good I start to feel. AND I live in Florida, but am photosensitive, so do not sun bathe. SHEILA
SuzyQ

Glen Ellyn, IL

#4 Sep 8, 2009
My vitamin d test from my internal medicine doctor showed a severe deficiency. She put me on 50000 iu of it (I would have to take 25 pills of regular vitamin d 2000 iu every week!) I have had joint paint in my hips for 19 years (I'm 38). Other things that happened: Skin rosacea:gone, muscle weakness I didnt realize I had until it was gone: gone,overeating: gone, thigh numbness: gone, thyroid enlargement that made it hard to swallow:stopped, extreme fatigue that made me sleep until 10am: gone, shortness of breath: gone, never sweating: gone. My 3 year old has bad eczema and I noticed she has some muscle weakness. Im giving it to her and will let everyone know. I had a vitamin D deficiency when I had her, so why would she have not inherited it?
SuzyQ

Glen Ellyn, IL

#5 Sep 8, 2009
Also- Vitamin D made my dry mouth problem disappear within days.
mom2hannah

United States

#6 Sep 17, 2009
SuzyQ... wondering how you are doing now? AND your daughter.
Your post could have been written by me, word for word (except I have not been tested)... my daughter's chiropractor suggested 4,000IU of vitamin D3 for her after a huge flare-up of her eczema and an appearance of asthma 5 days ago. After reading up on this, I decided that I, too, needed to be taking this and suspect that we have both been deficient all along. While pregnant, one of my fingernails started to grow down over the top of my fingertip. No one could tell me what that meant at the time. Now I have read posts by a few other people that had the same problem. I wish I had known then. Maybe my daughter's eczema never would have happened. Hoping both of us are feeling better very soon.
Indiana

Scottsburg, IN

#8 May 15, 2011
I have been reading these posts and I too suffer from eczema. I have had multiple allergy tests and cannot find what I am allergic to. I started Vitamin D3 4 days ago and already I can tell a difference. I don't wake up itching at night and my skin is clearing up. Hopefully I'll be ready to wear sleeveless dresses and shorts this year. Thanks to everyone for writing in about this. I have tried everyhting and I honestly think this works.
Texas

Abilene, TX

#9 Jun 22, 2011
I have been suffering with eczema in my eyes and ears for about 4 years. Nothing stopped the itching, flaking and peeling. I have been miserable. A friend on Facebook just suggested I try Vitamin D and I got oral Vitamin D3 liquid at the organic food store. I applied it to my skin and overnight it has helped! The bottle says to take it orally..it has no taste and I am starting 4000 units a day. I have had a Vitamin D deficiency before and took prescription D until it came to an acceptable level. I am wondering if I might have another deficiency. Will check with my doctor. All I know is Vitamin D3 has helped topically. I am anxious to see if taking it orally will help. Thanks to everyone posting. This is a miserable condition and I'm tired of looking like Popeye! It swells one eye closed and I'm afraid of using the steroid creams so close to my eye because of the side effects. I will post if I find I do have a deficiency.
LAV

London, UK

#10 Jun 29, 2011
MY SON AS SEVERE ECZEMA, ASTHMA AND HAYFEVER. I WILL TAKE HIM TO THE GP AND ASK FOR BLOOD TEST TOMARROW. HE COMPLAINS FOR MUSCLE CRAMPS AND PAIN WHEN HE WALKS. hE IS ONLY 4. THIS AINT NORMAL. MUM IN lONDON'
Don

Melbourne, Australia

#11 Jul 15, 2011
Apparently there is a difference between Vitamin D and Vitamin D3 - does anyone know if one is better than the other for eczema treatment?
Don

Melbourne, Australia

#12 Jul 15, 2011
Stupid question. Ignore that :)
Mom2Hannah

Spring, TX

#13 Jul 15, 2011
LAV wrote:
MY SON AS SEVERE ECZEMA, ASTHMA AND HAYFEVER. I WILL TAKE HIM TO THE GP AND ASK FOR BLOOD TEST TOMARROW. HE COMPLAINS FOR MUSCLE CRAMPS AND PAIN WHEN HE WALKS. hE IS ONLY 4. THIS AINT NORMAL. MUM IN lONDON'
Lav.. were you able to get the blood test? What was the result? I hope your son is on the path to wellness.:)
Don

Norlane, Australia

#14 Jul 18, 2011
I have been taking 2000 IU of vitamin D3, 3 times a day but I haven't noticed much improvement :(
I'll continue this until the bottle's run out but at the moment, my skin is awful and I'm desperate to get it fixed. I'm also taking a night-strength antihistamine to avoid scratching at night.
Mom2Hannah

Spring, TX

#15 Jul 18, 2011
Don- you might do better to up your dose to AT LEAST 4,000 IU... my doctor suggested 4,000 IU for my then 3 year old daughter. Also, is it a capsule or drops/ sublingual? The latter would absorb better. We also use something called Nasalcrom (found at Wal-Mart in the allergy section)-- it is a mast cell stabilizer and we spray it directly on her skin. Hope this helps.:)
Mike Ledford

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Sep 15, 2011
research bears out that vitamin d is good for a host of things, even cancer http://www.antiagingjournal.org/vitaimin-d-an... . but be careful upping the dose without testing blood levels. there is such a thing as vitamin D toxicity. not that easy to get, but better safe than sorry.
kiluwa

Quezon City, Philippines

#17 Sep 25, 2011
is this true? or it s just a scam.. but i wil try it guys.. if nothing will happen, i will giving up.. so pls give a true feedback guys.. have mercy on us..sory for the hesitation and thanks anyway..
Maria

Fort Myers, FL

#18 Oct 3, 2011
I have a son who has been suffering from SAD (seasonal anxiety disorder for years), he started taking vitamin D and has seen tremendous improvement in just a few weeks. As a side effect, his craving for smoking has stopped as well. I am totally in awe.
Anon

Linden, NJ

#19 Jan 25, 2012
As a note to people above, I think the best one to take is vitamin D3
Mom2Hannah

Spring, TX

#20 Jan 26, 2012
Yes, Anon... vitamin D3. It MUST be D3, as D2 can actually have the opposite effect. You can read more about that on Dr. Mercola's website. To catch up anyone else who is following... I originally posted about my daughter over 2 years ago. Her skin and a host of other things has improved tremendously. There were times when her flares would make her look like a burn victim.. (knock wood) we have been free of that for over a year. We are still taking 4,000 IU almost daily.
Jane

Grand Forks, ND

#21 Jun 9, 2013
I have been reading these posts, as I have just been informed that I have "very low" vitamin D levels. I also begin having problems with eczema a few months ago!! Huummm.. More that a coincidence?
I just started taking 2000 units of D3. I expect to see an improvement.

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