Eczema treatment: Foods to eat and avoid if you want to reduce flare-ups


Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition which is also known as atopic dermatitis. The condition is known to cause skin irritation, blisters and itchy rashes. When it comes to one’s diet, certain foods can either help or irritate the condition further.

“Foods like fish, veg and leafy greens have been recommended as good options to include in your diet,” says the National Eczema Association

Food allergy is more common in people with eczema, it adds. 

It explains: “Among children under five who have eczema, as many as 30 per cent may also have food allergy.

“Allergic reactions to food can cause a variety of symptoms including skin features such as hives, itching, flushing or eczema flares or shortness of breath and wheezing, or gastrointestinal complaints such as vomiting, abdominal pain, or heartburn.”

The eczema body further advises: “Young children with moderate to severe eczema should be tested for food allergies if they have had one of the reactions noted above to a food that occurred shortly after eating it.

“Testing is also recommended if their eczema has not improved with standard medical care.

“The food allergies most important to test for in this age group are egg, milk, peanut, wheat, and soy. Current studies indicate that people with eczema and egg allergy feel less itchy on an egg-free diet.

“For people with other food allergies, it is not clear if avoiding those foods will improve their symptoms. Nonetheless, experts currently recommend that people with food allergies avoid the foods that they are allergic to.

“Most children with food allergy will lose their food allergy to milk, egg, soy and wheat after several years, but peanut and tree nut allergy may be more persistent.”

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