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Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

Nutritional supplementation with 25,000-200,000 IU per day for 3-21 months in children showed improvement in all cases. High doses of vitamin A needs a doctors supervision. Strosser AV, Nelson LS. Synthetic vitamin A in the treatment of eczema in children. Ann Allergy 10: 703-4, 1952.

Nutritional supplementation with vitamin C is beneficial in all children with condition. Kline, Glen. Med World News, April 24, 1989.

Nutritional supplementation with Omega-3 fatty acids improves condition. Bjorneboe A et al. Effect of dietary supplementation with eicosapentaenoic acid in the treatment of atopic dermatitis. Br J Dermatol 117(4):463-69, 1987.

Nutritional supplementation with Omega-6 fatty acids improves condition.Manku MS et al. Reduced levels of prostaglandin precursors in the blood of atopic patients. Prostaglandins Leukotrienes Med 9(6): 615-28,1982.  Also, Stewart JCM et al. Treatment of severe and moderately severe atopic dermatitis with evening primrose oil (Epogram): A multi-centre study. J Nut Med 2:9-15, 1991.  Also, Morse PF et al. Meta-analysis of placebo-controlled studies of the efficacy of Epogram in the treatment of atopic eczema: relationship between plasma essential fatty changes and treatment response.

Hidden and immediate food allergies, sensitivities, and reactions contribute substantially to many cases of eczema. Sampson, HA.  Food hypersensitivity as a pathogenic factor in atopic dermatitis. N Engl Reg Allergy Proc 7(6)511-19, 1986. Also, Sampson HA, Jolie PL. Increased plasma histamine concentrations after food challenges in children with atopic dermatitis. N Engl J Med 311:371-6, 1984. Also, Sampson HA. Role of immediate food sensitivity in the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis. J Allergy Clin Immunol 71: 473-80, 1983. Also, Atherton DJ et al. A double-blind crossover trial of an antigen avoidance diet in atopic eczema. Lancet Feb. 25, 1978 pp. 401-3.

Insufficient production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach creates nutritional deficiencies that contribute to a substantial number of cases of eczema.  Supplementation improves condition. Allison JR. The relation of deficiency of hydrochloric acid and vitamin B complex in certain skin diseases. South Med J 38: 235-241, 1945.