Eczema Diet: What You Should and Shouldn’t Eat

Eczema Diet: What You Should and Shouldn’t Eat

Introduction

Eczema is a skin condition where dry patches of itchy skin form on the body. This typically occurs because of some kind of inflammation in the body. When this does happen, however, certain foods the eczema sufferers may have affected their skin negatively. With this being said, there are several foods that one should stay away as well as incorporate in their diet if they have eczema.

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Eczema Triggers 

For those who have eczema, their diets are a very crucial factor in their eczema flare-ups. Certain foods cause serious reactions for those who may suffer from eczema. Reactions generally take place 6-24 hours after the trigger food has been consumed. In some cases, symptoms may take longer to show. Keeping in mind that food is a major cause of eczema flare-ups, one must determine which foods are causing such flare-ups to take place. When speaking with a doctor, they will normally recommend an elimination diet. This is when the most common eczema food triggers are added to the diet until the food that causes the flare-ups is found. If the eczema symptoms worsen with the adding of food, then that food is (or should be) eliminated from the diet.

Eczema Diet – The most common eczema triggers are as follows:

Soy
Eggs
Dairy
Spices
Tomatoes
Some Nuts
Citrus Fruits
Spices (like vanilla, cloves and cinnamon)

In other cases, a doctor may recommend allergy testing. Although someone may not be allergic to something, their body may still have some kind of sensitivity to it which can be displayed on the skin when the person is tested. One a slightly different note, those who may suffer from dyshidrotic eczema are typically sensitive to foods that contain nickel.

Eczema Diet: Because of this, you should avoid the following foods:

Nuts
Peas
Seeds
Beans
Lentils
Shellfish
Black Tea
Soybeans
Chocolate
Canned Meats

Along with this, some people who suffer from eczema may even be sensitive to certain foods orally. This is called oral allergy syndrome or sensitivity to birch pollen. For those who have this form of eczema sensitivity, they typically have reactions to carrots, celery, pears, green apples and hazelnuts.

Eczema Healthy Foods

Although there are numerous foods that one should avoid if they have eczema, there are foods that one can eat. 

  1. Fish 
  2. Foods high in probiotics: foods like Kefir, Sauerkraut, Miso, Yogurt, and Kimchi 
  3. Foods high in Inflammation Flavonoids 
  4. Banana’s: very high in potassium 
  5. Beef or Chicken Broth: gives the skin amino acid glycine which helps repair the skin 
  6. Potatoes: high concentration of Fibre, Potassium and Vitamin C 
  7. Green Onions: high concentration of Vitamin K which is key in having healthy, nurtured skin 
  8. Buckwheat: anti-inflammatory and it’s gluten-free! 
  9. Rice Milk: has minimal chemicals, is safe for those who have eczema and is low allergy 
  10. Mung Bean Sprouts: strong alkalizing food 

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Conclusion

Although there are a lot of foods one should avoid if they have eczema, there are so many other foods that can be incorporated into a healthy eczema diet which can be quite enjoyable, making eating with eczema that much more bearable.

Jeslyn Savage

Jeslyn Savage

Jeslyn is a contributor and content developer for Our Eczema Story. She is not a medical professional. Her articles, comments, and suggestions are not intended to replace any medical advice. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this blog or in any linked materials.