Eczema is an itchy, scaly rash caused by sensitivity to foods,certain chemicals,enviromental conditions and dryness
Is Eczema is an allergy?
The rash is not always a true allergic reaction, but an immune system reaction to a normally harmless substance.
Are eczema and atopic dermatitis the same?
Yes, Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema.
What are the different types of eczema?
There are 7 types of eczema:
- Atopic dermatitis
- contact dermatitis
- Hand eczema
- Dyshidrotic eczema
- Nummular eczema
- Stasis dermatitis
What are the symptoms of eczema?
Symptoms vary depending on the types. The rash usually appears anywhere from a few minutes to several hours after exposure to the particular substance.
Eczema runs in the families
It is commonly associated with hey fever, asthma, or hives.
Foods and eczema
There is a big relation between foods and eczema. Certain foods are real culprits for example seafood, dairy products, eggs, walnuts, and pecans.
In babies and children, cow’s milk can eczema.
Cows milk protein is the cause of it. These children may be able to tolerate goat’s milk or soy-based products.
Some children may overcome the problem by the age of 6 years but others may have lifelong recurrences.
So which foods are good then?
Consume more antioxidants:
Beta carotene-rich foods may counter the symptoms of eczema. Bright-colored fruits and vegetables like apricots, squash, mangoes, carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes are really helpful.
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Foods rich in essential fatty acids:
Foods like vegetable oils, fatty fish, and flaxseeds can decrease swelling by helping to generate hormone-like substances called prostaglandins which acts as anti-inflammatory agents.
Evening Primrose oil is another very good source of essential fatty acids It is a rich source of gamma-linolenic acid.
Eat food rich in vitamin B6:
Many researchers suggest that a diet rich in vitamin B6 like oily fish, legumes, brown rice, vegetable oil can protect the rashes.
Many studies reveal that environmental triggers like nickel ( which is used mostly in costume jewelry) and latex ( used in household and rubber gloves) can trigger eczema even more than foods as a factor.
People in certain jobs are at more risk for developing eczema. Acrylic adhesives are really a hazard for manuscripts and their customers, for dental techniques, and for those people who build models.
Woolen clothing worn next to the skin can cause a rash.
It makes sense to avoid triggers.
Do one simple thing:
Drink 3 cups of oolong tea to relieve eczema.(polyphenols found in the tea extract acts as an antioxidant and suppress allergic reactions)
Conclusion: Eczema is a very concerning disease and there is a big relation between food and eczema. Some foods are culprits while others can give relief from symptoms.
Courtesy: Foods harm foods heal by Joe Schware, Ph.D., Director McGill University.