Diet for Eczema Patients


Eczema is sometimes referred to as atopic dermatitis. It is a skin condition characterized by the inflammation of the skin. The condition appears differently depending on the type of eczema that you are suffering from. Most of the symptoms include the reddening, dryness, flaking, blistering, cracking, bleeding, and oozing of serum. It is a condition that makes the patients uncomfortable mainly because of the itching that accompanies it. If the skin is broken, then there is a danger of getting a secondary bacterial infection. The word eczema is a Greek word that literally means “boil over. However, there is respite in knowing that the condition can be negated through proper dieting. The condition of the skin is affected by the food that you eat, and if you suffer from eczema, then you should be very careful about your diet.


The facts about dieting and eczema
The first thing that an eczema sufferer needs to do is to stop the irritation and the itchiness. The internet has a lot of information on foods that will normally trigger eczema, and going through forums will help you discuss dieting needs with other afflicted people. When you read the information on these sites, you will clearly notice that people eat differently to different foods. This is the reason why the topic of eczema and dieting can be fraught with conflict. However, there are a few similarities and it is important that you keep these in mind.
Eczema in children

According to MD Belsito, who is a professor of clinical dermatology at Columbia University, most young children develop eczema as a result of the food that they eat. He goes on to say that at around 4 or 4 years of age, eczema that is brought about by the diet is very rare. Usually the food that children are allergic to will give them hives, and other skin conditions but not eczema.  If you suspect that your child is developing eczema because of the diet, you should consult a doctor urgently. It is very difficult for a child to understand this and a doctor will help you deal with the condition better. The topic of eczema in children, caused by food, is very delicate, and most tests will show a false positive for food allergies. According to Doctor Lawrence Eichenfield, chief of Pediatric Dermatology at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, food tests to determine whether a child is allergic to food are not recommended for children with eczema, since the results will be inconclusive.

Eczema in adults
There has not been a conclusive link into the type of diet that can cause eczema to erupt in adults. Various studies have been conducted into this but very few have impressive results. According to Dr Andrea Cambio MD, FAAD, the medical director at Cambio Dermatology in southwest Florida, there is no particular science that links food to the eruption of eczema. He goes on to say that a patient may complain about chocolate causing serious flare-ups in their eczema, and the best thing is to reduce its intake, or avoid it altogether. You can come up with your own special diet that will exclude all the foods that cause your eczema to flare up.

The doctor goes on to say that it is not easy to understand the foods that cause eczema to flare up, since people are exposed to several triggers on any given day. You may think that it is something that you ate which is causing the eczema to start, but in effect, it was something that you touched. Most of the time, research has shown that stress is one factor that causes eczema to flare up, and you may blame the food that you eat.

Foods that may help eczema patients

Although there have been inconclusive results from research into the effect of food on eczema, research is still ongoing. There have been studies that show that food with probiotics has been beneficial to children who suffer from eczema. Probiotics are a form of live bacteria, and can be found in foods such as yoghurt, and also in some supplements. The research into the relationship between probiotics and eczema has proven to be encouraging. The researchers are also looking into which type of probiotics has the best results in alleviating the symptoms of eczema. There is still plenty of research that needs to be done.

Tea is also been researched for its antibiotic properties and the way it helps reduce eczema. People have reported the easing of the symptoms when they take black, green, or oolong tea. Omega 3, a fatty acid found in fish oil, has been found to have anti-inflammatory propertied and is also being looked at as a relief for eczema sufferers.
If you suffer from eczema, you should simply stick to a healthy diet, and you will find the condition flaring up at rare occasions. You should eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy and whole grains. 


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