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Will Vitamin D Help Heal Eczema?

Eczema in children is common and often becomes more troublesome in the winter. Investigators in Boston conducted a pilot study to see whether vitamin D supplements would benefit children with persistent eczema. The youngsters were randomized to receive 1,000 IU of vitamin D or placebo daily for a month. The results were inconclusive but promising.

[British Journal of Dermatology, July, 2008]

There is further information on vitamin D in our Guide to Vitamin D Deficiency. But parents may be more interested in some of the home remedies for eczema that others have found helpful. A single study a decade ago (Archives of Dermatology, Jan., 2001) found that oolong tea is helpful, but since then quite a few visitors have reported success with this simple approach.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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I take 400 mg. of vitamin D daily. My physicians (internist and genie) say I shouldn’t exceed that. In the past, I took 1000 mg. of D, and it solved all my skin problems. Now they are back!

As a 70 year old adult who got eczema several years ago due to very dry skin in winter, I had to use various prescriptions medicines to calm the itching – until I started taking Vitamin D during the winter because we live in a Northern environment. I have now made it through 2 winters without having to use any creams and there has been no itching! I didn’t make the correlation until reading your article.

I’ve had atopic dermatitis (eczema) all of my life. And it is triggered by my allergies and sensitive skin. I have to avoid nickel, perfume, fragrances products and harsh chemicals. Most laundry products cause severe flare-ups of eczema, including the ones recommended by dermatologists. And many soaps, shampoos and cosmetics do, too. I’ve found some natural products that are chemical, corn and perfume free that are safe for me. I did see benefits for my skin from taking more Vitamin D3 and getting some sun exposure.

my doctor has me taking 2,000mg Vit D3 every day. I don’t know how that is different from just regular Vit. D

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