Patients with chronic hives might benefit by supplementing their diet with vitamin D, according to a study by the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
The study also suggests that health providers consider screening their patients with chronic hives for vitamin D deficiencies.
In the small study, researchers compared 25 patients with chronic hives to 25 patients with nasal allergies. Researchers found patients with hives had signifi cantly reduced levels of vitamin D, with nearly half of them considered to be vitamin D deficient.
Dr. Jill Poole was the principal investigator on the study recently published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She says more studies are warranted to determine if vitamin D supplements could improve health outcomes in patients with mild to severe hives.