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Vitamin D

Postby elusiveshadow on Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:18 pm

I currently use a calcitroid ointment, but I would also like to take a vitamin D supplement too. Would this be safe to do? How would I know if I was over dosing? (The calcitroid is used currently only on my elbows )
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Re: Vitamin D

Postby Dr Anjali Mahto on Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:10 am

Dear ElusiveShadow,

If you live in the UK it is unlikely that you are producing adequate levels of vitamin D between October and March through your skin because of our latitude. We require UVB from the sun to produce vitamin D in skin and levels are low during this time. Obtaining vitamin D from your diet and/or supplements whilst using calcipotriol is a good idea. If there are any concerns, then your vitamin D levels can be confirmed via a blood test and replaced as needed.

Best wishes,

Dr Anjali Mahto
Consultant Dermatologist and British Skin Foundation spokesperson
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