Â Clinicians from Southampton University Hospitals Trust report on 3 patients with disabling salicylate-induced intolerance.
First, the details.
- 3 patients experienced severe urticaria (itching), asthma requiring systemic steroid therapy, and anaphylactic reactions.
- Each patient then received 6 to 8 weeks of dietary supplementation with 10 grams daily of fish oil rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
And, the results.
- All 3 experienced complete or virtually complete resolution of symptoms allowing discontinuation of systemic corticosteroid therapy.
- Their symptoms returned after reducing the daily dose of fish oil.
The bottom line?
The authors concluded, “Fish oil appears [to be] a safe and effective treatment for this difficult and often serious condition.”
I’d like to know how they arrived at the decision to treat with omega-3 and the dose used. It turns out that a review and 2 studies published this year provide some support.
A review of nutritional approaches to manage exercise-induced asthma concluded that high levels of omega-3, among other factors, can reduce this condition.
A study by researchers at Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, Denmark concluded that increasing the intake of omega-3 fatty acids to 2.7 grams daily in pregnant women during late pregnancy might reduce the risk of asthma in their offspring.
Another study by researchers at CharitÃ©-UniversitÃ¤tsmedizin Berlin in Germany concluded that giving 5.4 grams of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) daily to patients with atopic eczema might have a beneficial impact on the outcome of atopic eczema,
The dosing is still a mystery.
9/20/08 15:04 JR