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Vitamin D causing keratosis pilaris?!

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Updated September 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM
Created May 26, 2013 at 3:39 PM

everytime i seem to pop 5000IU of D3 or spend time in the sun, i seem to develop small red pussed spots on my thighs the next day. i am not sure why this happens as i thought vitamin d was an important vitamin?

just a bit of background, i have been supplementing D3 for 2/3months at 5000IU a day previously with no problems until recently. I eat around 200g calf liver weekly. i supplement zinc,magnesium and k2. and eat a typical paleo diet.

any thoughts why the sun/d3 might be causing keratosis pilaris on my thighs and arms? am i already at optimal d3 level?

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496 · May 26, 2013 at 5:08 PM

pretty sure its not what you suggested but thanks for the input

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32518 · May 26, 2013 at 3:52 PM

That's the only way to know. Optimal range for most folk is 50-60 ng/ml. 125-150 nMol/L.

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32518 · May 26, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Get your blood level tested. Ask for the 25(OH)D test.

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997 · May 26, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Are you sure it's KP? If they are pus-filled or liquidy, they could be something else too. Some celiac's dermatitis herpetiformis can flare from sun exposure and things other than just gluten.

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496 · May 26, 2013 at 5:08 PM

pretty sure its not what you suggested but thanks for the input

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5 · February 21, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Could you be vitamin A deficient ? You're consuming more than the RDA of vitamin A from liver but maybe you were vitamin A deficient, you may not be able to absorb fat-soluble vitamins for some reasons, you may be one of the people not able to convert carotenoids to vitamin A as well.

Vitamin d and vitamin a are supposed to be taken in a ratio range not to cause deficiency or excess symptoms.

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1826 · May 27, 2013 at 3:06 AM

I get red pussed rashes on my thighs when I eat seafood, nightshades and gluten contaminated food. When I first started supplementing D3, I used Whole Foods brands and I used to get these rashes. Then I switched over to a brand that specified itself as "gluten free" and I stopped getting it. I suspect that the WF D3 was contaminated with either fish oil or gluten. Hope that helps.

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25 · May 26, 2013 at 6:49 PM

I get KP once in a while, and find applying coconut oil as a moisturizer clears it right up. No idea why. Other moisturizers make it worse. Haven't noticed any connection with my vit D intake though.

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6709 · May 26, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Vit D and Sun usually make my KP much better

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