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Format: 04/24/2014
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KDKA-TV: Vitamin D Could Help Seasonal Allergy Sufferers

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

The pollen is upon us causing sneezing, wheezing, itchy, watery eyes - seasonal allergies.

A preliminary study of inner city children ages six to 12-years-old indicates that those who suffer from allergies and asthma were also found to have a vitamin D deficiency.

The research was done at Allegheny General Hospital.

"Vitamin D has been shown to be an anti-inflammatory or anti-swelling chemical. So it's been shown to decrease many diseases, or improve many diseases that are involved in inflammation including allergy and asthma," says Dr. Deborah Gentile, one of the researchers.

Vitamin D has already been getting attention for boosting the immune system to fight osteoporosis and Seasonal Affective Disorder and now it may help to ease symptoms of allergies and asthma.

To read more, visit the KDKA website.

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