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Vitamin D3 Helps Reduces Symptoms Of Hives When Combined With Allergy Meds

February 17, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
The chronic allergic skin condition known as hives – characterized by red, itchy welts and swelling that can last for months – has no cure and few treatment options. But U.S. researchers report that after just one week of supplemental treatment with low and high levels of vitamin D3 and other drugs, the severity of patients’ symptoms decreased by a third. For the study, 38 participants took three allergy medicines every day for 12 weeks. Half of the group took 600 IUs of D3, the other half took 4,000 IUs. At the end of the study, the group taking the higher dose of D3 had a further 40 percent reduction in symptom severity.
Andy Rorie et al., "Beneficial role for supplemental vitamin D3 treatment in chronic urticaria: a randomized study", Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, February 17, 2014, © American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
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