People who suffer from chronic hives may benefit from vitamin D testing to see if they have a deficiency.
A new study from University of Nebraska Medical Center researchers has found that there may be a strong connection between the two conditions.
For the study, researchers compared 25 patients with chronic hives against a group of 25 individuals with nasal allergies. They found that the chronic hives group was significantly more likely to have low levels of the nutrient, according to the Associated Press.
While more research is needed to confirm the link between low vitamin D levels, the researchers said that doctors who are treating patients with chronic hives should consider providing them with a vitamin D, according to the news source. This may help them find a potentially simple solution to a problem that can wreak havoc on a patient’s quality of life.
The findings are in keeping with results from others studies that connected low levels of vitamin D to autoimmune conditions. Earlier investigations have shown that deficiencies of the nutrient may lead to difficulty in controlling asthma symptoms.