What is Eczema?
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, it’s a chronic, non-contagious skin disorder that causes inflammation and results in red, dry, rough, and itchy skin. It is most common in infants and young children, the majority of which will go into remission as adults; but still about 10% of people who have eczema as a child will continue to have it later in life.
There are periods of flare-ups when the skin is very itchy and inflamed, and periods of remission, which is when there are no symptoms of the disease. Scientists are not sure what exactly causes eczema, but they think it’s a combination of genetics and the environment.
Low Vitamin D and Eczema
Some medical studies have found that children and adults with eczema are more likely to have lower levels of vitamin D, which are also linked to more severe eczema symptoms. Vitamin D is an important part of the immune system. People with eczema have immune systems and skin barriers that don’t work properly.
Other studies have also shown that children with eczema who have low levels of vitamin D, are more likely to have other skin infection problems, in comparison to children with eczema who had higher levels of vitamin D.
Even though the studies have shown a link between low vitamin D levels and increased eczema severity, still more experiments and research is needed to determine whether or not vitamin D can help to manage eczema.
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