Vitamin D as an Eczema cure?

I am really stretching the vitamin D thing lately but I just saw some medical news out of a skin conference in Praugue that explained research that a certain kind of Vitamin D supplement was more effective that topical steroidal cream for getting rid of eczema, this is bound to be big news in my house.

Almost half of patients with steroid-resistant hand eczema had complete or near-complete clearance when treated with the oral vitamin D analog alitretinoin, according to data from two randomized clinical trials.

Almost 80% of patients who relapsed after alitretinoin withdrawal regained disease control when treated again with the 9-cis retinoic acid agent, Uwe Hillen, M.D., of University Clinic in Essen, Germany, reported here at the International Congress of Dermatology.

“Alitretinoin produced improvement in all of the individual signs and symptoms of chronic hand eczema,” said Dr. Hillen. “Patients who relapse after initial treatment can be effectively retreated with alitretinoin, suggesting it is a suitable, intermittent treatment option for the long-term management of this chronic, relapsing disease.”

So the question is how hard would is be to get alitretinoin prescribed for this. The other question is weather taking alitretinoin is a bit of overkill for most people that have eczema probably this is suspected to be the best treatment for people with very bad rashes.


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  1. says

    qestion in the later years i found that mine lexs are geting sore ,wenh i am walking, i am a old person 84 years of age, but very healthy, and flexceble, i do excercise every day 15 minutes, with and springs, never been sick, but mine lexs but stops me, from going outside walking i ,have been told to take vitamin D31000IU, would that help me ,i am a old dutch man, hope you can read mine ,writing bernardus

  2. Josee says

    Hey, my names Josee. just reently started having eczema on my face (on my cheek bones and a bit on my chin)…just recently thought of puttng vit D3 on it since i had some…It took the itching away immidiatly..and in about an hour the redness had gone down.. i’m two hours in now and i just applied a bit more to it about 15 minutes ago, i’m only using a small dosage of 1000 IU’s but it seems to be helping alot, i’m glad i thought of using it and looking it up online to end up readng this forum. cuz reading about the D3 helping others is giving me hope. :) Thanks guys and good luck to you all!

  3. Ben says

    My 13 year old son has suffered from eczema since birth. He swims competively so chlorine aggravation is a further complication. We get little sunlight in winter -or summer ! – in Dunedin NZ. over the last year my son has needed constant cortisone, antibiotics and assorted “lotions and potions”. Two months ago our local pharmacist took one look at my son and recommended Vit D3 1000u per day and Vit B complex. Within days his eczema cleared up. Two months later despite the high stress of National swimming Champs his eczema has not returned. To me this is near miraculous !! can’t say for sure whether the B or D is the silver bullet but he has changed to a relaxed confident and powerful young man with no eczema!

  4. Lisa says

    I stumbled upon this site by accident & I want to thank everyone for your contributions. I am 50 years old and have suffered from eczema all of my life. As I near menopause it seems more intense. I live in Ohio where lack of sun and uv plays havoc with my skin each year. Like many of you, I have boxes and boxes FULL of creams, lotions, steroids and other ‘potions’ both prescription and over the counter. I’ve tried every remedy known including the eladel and pro topic, both of which burned so bad it was worse than the regular itching & redness I was trying to treat.

    After reading about the vitamin D3 conversations, I called my primary care physician and asked him A) if I could take this and 2) what dosage. He said to get 2000 IUs, so I dashed to Walgreens and bought the gel caps of their brand. (It was simply the best value–I read labels and all manufacturer’s ingredients were similar). I took one upon returning home and out of curiosity, I poked one open and put the contents right on the irritated areas on my face. It has only been about 4 hours and 50% of the redness is gone. The skin still feels ‘tight’ but I am excited about any small healing that occurs. I will give this an honest chance as I don’t expect miracles overnight.

    I am a fitness enthusiast and watch my diet carefully. I ordered some products off of eczederm.com b/c I am hyper sensitive to shampoos, etc. I use their shampoo, conditioner and body wash…they have no parabens, fragrances, colors, etc. As odd as this sounds, I had an adverse reaction to their body lotion, which is mild enough for infants. When I go to the salon to get my hair colored, I take this shampoo & conditioner with me…trying to avoid as many products as possible. Anyhow, they have a simple, “doesn’t work, then return it” refund policy, no questions asked. (I am a teacher, I do not work for eczederm). My co-worker tried soap from goatsmilkstuff.com that was featured in Oprah Magazine and had super relief in a week. They sent me some samples for $1 each, but it didn’t help.

    So as we all struggle with ‘the beast’ we call eczema, I wish you all the best in your quests for relief.

    Best regards,
    Lisa

    • lisa waite says

      Me again….

      I am probably THE biggest sceptic when it comes to managing eczema b/c I have tried it ALL.
      Prescriptions, over-the-counter products, expensive department store products, home remedies, mild sun exposure in winter via tanning, Avon, MaryKay, etc. Nothing but a steroid injection ever helped then my skin would rebound and the ‘whiplash’ effect was even worse. I am 48 hours into the vitamin D3 and I am very very pleased with the healing and success. My face, neck, and ears are 90% better. I will continue to use it (2000 IUs) as a daily supplement and to dab directly on the skin. My mood and spirit are also lifted as I felt so disfigured with the redness. My good wishes to others who suffer that similar relief comes to you from whatever you use. Best– Lisa

  5. Zoe says

    I’m going to give the D3 a try as I’m running out of other options for this eczema that is covering pretty much all of me and making my life a misery. Are any of you in the UK? If so, would you tell me what brand you take, how much and where you get it from please? Thanks very much.

    • Hanne says

      I am in UK. I use the brand Healthy Origins D3 10,000 IU. You get them from Amazon.co.uk or Ebay.
      They are great and relatively cheap (around £25 for 360 capsules). Just puncture the capsules and put directly on the skin as well as taking them orally.

  6. John Truth says

    Have have a sister and nephew who have Eczema. After doing some research (check the West Price Foundation) I have discovered that Vitamins A, D3, K2 work in concert. From the anecdotes on this site many people have obtained relief from D3 or D3 and A. My comment is to note that adding K2 will enhance the benefits of this supplementation.
    K2 is linked to activating the proteins that A, and D direct the production of. It also makes sure that calcium ends up where it should (bones, teeth, etc) and away from places where it should not (arteries, eyes). It is deficient in the modern diet as bone marrow, pig and chicken feet, natto, and goose liver do not feature in most people’s diet.

    It is found in hard cheeses, but us sensitive to processing and heat, so pizzas and cheese strings are not the best sources.

    So if you are taking vitamins A and D, don’t forget K.

    P.S.
    Weston Price claims to have cured a child with 42 cavities in 24 teeth inside 9 months with Calicum rich raw milk, and Vitamin A,D,K supplements. Complete regeneration of Dentene and re-mineralisation of the teeth.

  7. Genevieve says

    So is it Vitamin D that helps or D3? I am confused?? Is it the same?? I have had recently this past month where my Eczema has gotten to be the worst it has ever been on my hands. Plus having a yeast infection/ candida on top of it that has not gone away. I am trying diet change and a natural approach to that ( The Candida Diet is the hardest to do!!!). But I wondered if my Vit D deficiency plays a role in my candida issue and my Eczema. it could be stress as well, I recently went back to work part-time since being home with my son for a year and a half so of course some anxiety goes along with that. But I am not convinced its only stress/anxiety that is causing my Eczema to flare up. My doctor has me on 50,000IU of Vit D for 3 weeks then to back down to once a week for not sure how long. I live in the NW so we get so little sun in the Fall Winter its sad. Seasonal Depression is rampant here. Thats probably linked to Vit D deficiency too. HA:). How soon should I see results in my hands, taking this high of a dose?

    • Hanne says

      vitamin D3 is great for skin. I simply puncture the capsules (olive oil and Vit D3, clinical strenght 10,000 IU per capsule) and spread it directly onto my skin. So far my stubborn psoriasis has gone and not returned. My feet look like a baby’s. Almost all the dry and hard skin disappeared too. D3 seems to heal any sore bit of skin.

  8. Nichole says

    I have dishidrotic eczema on my hands only, been suffering with it for about 11 months. I work in a doc. office and my hands (bilat) look so bad I wear gloves half the time b/c it raises questions that one may find interesting I find very embarrassing. I am so very anxious for my last 1/2 hour to end so I can head to Walgreens to see if this D3 really works. Like it was stated b4 I HAVE NOTHING TO LOOSE, I have had this condition for so long, Its like it definds me. I often get the comment of ” Monster Hand” or someone reinacting the Scary Movie scene of the “Crazy/Strong Hand” mixing the mashed potatoes.. I will put this name to rest once and forall. I will keep you all updated once I get results.

  9. Neil-Walking Clinical Trial says

    Good for you, Suzanne! Many people are being cured of this debilitating condition with Vitamin D 3 and I am one of those. I see another person on this blog (who claims to be a doctor) lends little credibility to the testimonials of those of us who have experienced a documented cure of our dermatitis through the use of D3. My physician was a naysayer as well– oh, well— at least I know what D3 has done in my life. Congratulations, Suzanne!

  10. Wesley says

    As a doctor, I think that vitamin D is incredibly important for skin health and immune function. However, in eczema, sometimes there are other factors that need to be considered such as diet and environment. Vitamin D is only part of the solution.

    • Suzanne says

      For the past three years, I have suffered terribly from chronic dermatitis. I have tried everything, from soaking, to prednisone (a temporary fix), to clobetasol to Orlux-E. Just recently I had blood work in anticipation of an annual physical. My PCP told me that my Vitamin D level was low and prescribed 50,000 units for 8 weeks and then a reduced amount thereafter. I am into my second week of taking vitamin D (1 per week) and my chronic dermatitis has nearly disappeared on my hands and feet. It is truly unbelievable to me – my hands appear nearly normal and for the past two weeks, I have had no itching and scratching during the night (until my hands nearly bled) or cracked and peeling skin on my hands and feet. If I continue on this path, I will feel certain that the Vitamin D deficiency was more than a contributing cause. Right now, I feel amazing.

  11. Bec says

    I suffer from eczema really bad on my fingers and hands with the little blisters and then they peel and crack. I have been trying all sorts of things.
    Today I got some Vitamin D3 so I am going to give it a go. I am going to take a big amount and see if it helps.
    Terri, Just go out and try it! it cannot make things any worse can it? Just make sure you get a liquid or drops.

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