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Control of salicylate intolerance with fish oils
Article first published online: 15 SEP 2008
© 2008 The Authors. Journal Compilation © 2008 British Association of Dermatologists
British Journal of Dermatology
Volume 159, Issue 6, pages 1368–1369, December 2008
How to Cite
Healy, E., Newell, L., Howarth, P. and Friedmann, P.S. (2008), Control of salicylate intolerance with fish oils. British Journal of Dermatology, 159: 1368–1369. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2008.08830.x
- Issue published online: 19 NOV 2008
- Article first published online: 15 SEP 2008
- Accepted for publication 6 July 2008
- salicylate intolerance;
We report three patients with disabling salicylate-induced intolerance who experienced abrogation of symptoms following dietary supplementation with ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). All three patients experienced severe urticaria, asthma requiring systemic steroid therapy and anaphylactic reactions. After dietary supplementation with 10 g daily of fish oils rich in ω-3 PUFAs for 6–8 weeks all three experienced complete or virtually complete resolution of symptoms allowing discontinuation of systemic corticosteroid therapy. Symptoms relapsed after dose reduction. Fish oil appears a safe and effective treatment for this difficult and often serious condition.