Why is Vitamin D an important part of allergy care?

Vitamin D has many positive impacts on the body, and can help with the effectiveness of sublingual immunotherapy, too. Hear about the many benefits of Vitamin D right From the Desk of Dr. Mary Morris! https://lacrosseallergy.com/about-us/

“When I was in medical school, we only talked about vitamin D in relationship to bone strength. I think it was really underappreciated for a long time how important vitamin D is for many cells of the body, not just bone. We, over the years, had found that a lot of children with bad eczema were severely vitamin D deficient. I think one of the issues is if your skin is impaired, even with sunlight exposure you’re not able to convert sunlight to vitamin D. This tends to be then a vicious cycle with the lower the vitamin D level is, the harder it is for the body to fight inflammation. So finally, now that vitamin D played a role in things like eczema or hives there has really been a change in our ability to treat those conditions. The other thing that I think is really interesting is there are now three studies looking at vitamin D improving the success of immunotherapy, including peanut oral immunotherapy seems to be more effective if it’s given in combination with vitamin D3. So over the years we’ve learned a lot more and continue to use more vitamin D supplementation than we ever did in the past.”


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