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What causes skin problem with vitamin D deficiency?

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Dr. Vinodhini J.

Published At April 27, 2020
Reviewed AtMay 24, 2024

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am a 35-year-old male. I have a problem with my skin, especially, on my joints. I have already consulted a dermatologist and she suggested consulting a rheumatologist based on the symptoms. Due to COVID-19, I could not consult but now it is spreading very fast. Could you please help? I also have vitamin D deficiency and take D-rise and Lobate S ointment.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through your query and reports. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your vitamin D is significantly low for which you are already on the supplement. I want to ask you about skin problems and joint pains. Since the prescription was not fully loaded, I could not figure out the exact diagnosis of what the dermatologist has said. Did they mention psoriasis? As psoriasis and joint pains can be related. If you could attach a picture of the skin lesion, it may be helpful. Is there any early morning stiffness in the joints? Do you have any back pain or neck pain? Is anyone in the family with a history of skin problems? Do let me know these answers and a picture of your skin lesion to guide you further.

Thank you.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

Yes, I do have stiffness when I woke up in the morning. I do not have pain as such on joints, but I do have on the back neck and in ribs when I am bending my body. My mother and my grandfather have skin issues. I am attaching doctor's prescriptions and photos of my skin problem. Doctor suggested me to consult a rheumatologist.


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I have gone through the pictures and prescriptions of the dermatologist. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It does seem you have psoriasis with a strong family history.

So at times, psoriasis affects the skin only but in 30 percent cases, it can affect the joints as well which will involve the spine or the other joints like knees, ankles hand joints. So eventually if it is progressing, you need to start medications for the same.


For now, the safest bet is to start tablet Nucoxia 90 mg daily for 10 days and then 60 mg daily for 10 days.

Drug of choice for psoriasis remains Methotrexate, but I can only start after seeing the complete blood picture, liver function test, and serum creatinine. So once you have those you can revert to me, but if possible meet a rheumatologist in person.

You should start doing exercise 30 minutes daily. It will help with spine movements. As such due to lockdown, you cannot go out, but see whatever is possible in home environment.

I hope this helps.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Naval Mendiratta
Dr. Naval Mendiratta


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