Eczema is not a specific disease but it is the name for a group of conditions that cause the skin to become red and raised tiny sores containing fluid atop, elevated plaques. It is very common nowadays but fortunately not contagious that means you can’t catch it from someone else.
Researchers believe that it’s inherited or traveled in genes or the environmental triggers. Can foods trigger an eczema flare-up? Well…Medical researchers believe that when an immune system is activated by an allergen, our skin cells behave abnormally and result in eczema condition.
Can food trigger an eczema flare-ups?
The actual cause of the eczema is yet to be explored but researchers agreed on the hereditary and environmental triggers. Although many dermatologists don’t believe food has any effect on eczema, food is among different triggers for eczema.
There are certain food allergies that are linked very closely with eczema.
- Cow’s Milk
- Fast Food
- Soy Products
- Processed food
- Fast Foods high in sugar
In fact, it is very difficult to find out exactly what is causing your eczema symptoms to flare-up.Can food’s trigger an eczema flare-up? Yes, but it’s difficult to identify which foods. It is also very difficult to exactly determine that the problem was food or any other thing else like stress.
You may also have seen some people who completely cut out some foods, mostly eggs or cow’s milk, from their life. Never eliminate any food or food group completely from your diet unless you are confirmed that you have some specific allergy.
These ingredients do not become the reason to develop eczema but it may flare-up eczema especially if you have the history of Eczema. Sugar also causes your insulin to prickle and may activate eczema flare-ups. There are some people who guarantee that adopting Eczema friendly diet can really help the individual in controlling his overall condition.
It is also very important for the individual to identify and eliminate the food from his diet that flare-up eczema and affect his overall health.
It is a fact that dealing with eczema conditions is very difficult but trying eczema with diet change alone can few times greatly benefit the sufferer.
The complaints of eczema sufferers increase in winter season because the dry and cold weather really boost the symptoms. Eczema sufferers also complain about the pain in the affected part of the body.
The researchers closely examined those foods that ignite the eczema symptoms and found that those foods which contain histamine which is directly responsible for allergic response and inflammation. On the other hand, there are some foods that naturally help in reducing inflammation and promote healthy skin.
Foods that are considered good for eczema sufferers.
- Banana: High in potassium
- Beef or Chicken broth: Provides skin-repairing amino acid glycine, great effect on the skin
- Beans: Low cholesterol, saturated fat, and sodium a good source of Vitamin B6
- Potato: Rich in Fibre, Potassium and Vitamin C
- Vegetables: Very rich in potassium, folate, and vitamins A
- Green onions: Rich source of vitamin K, very effective for healthy skin
- Buckwheat: Gluten-free and has a strong anti-inflammatory effect
- Rice milk: Low allergy and low in chemicals and considered eczema safe
- Mung bean sprouts: Strong alkalising food
Besides our foods, there are many other elements which might trigger the sufferer and make his or her condition worse. It is very important for an individual to take down the notes of what suits him and what not and remember that eczema is different for every individual.
Remember eczema symptoms can easily flare-up because of some very basic and conditions like:
- Dry Skin: Brittle. Scaly. Rough or tight
- Irritation: This may be caused by
- Metals in particular nickel
- Cigarette smoke
- Soaps and household cleaner
- Certain Fabrics such as wool and polyester
- Antibacterial ointments like neomycin and bacitracin
- Stress: Emotional stress
- Climate and Sweating: Dry or too humid air can trigger eczema
- Allergies: Seasonal Pollen, Dust Mites, Pet Dander
- Hormones: imbalance of hormones
Fortunately, Eczema can be managed by controlling or paying good attention to following 3 steps.
1) Taking good care of your skin – just like brushing your teeth daily etc
2) Identify stressful situation and events and learn to avoid and cope with them.
3) Be mindful of scratching and rubbing, control temperature and environments.
We have just written a great article on ‘ Eczema and depression ‘ This may be of interest to you!
Research into Foods
Scientists are working hard on finding a link between the diet and eczema to provide some relief to the sufferers. There are few studies which say that the “probiotics“ is a live bacteria generally found in fresh yogurt or its supplements and it can be used to relieve the sufferer symptoms especially a child.
The study is still not completely finalized because there are many types of probiotics found in food so it is yet to decide what type is most useful.
There is another study based on tea. The evidence is not clear but it says drinking black tea, green, or oolong tea may help in relieving the sufferers. One more research says omega 3 fatty acids in fish and fish oil greatly fight against inflammation and it can become a good way to help eczema sufferer.
It is extremely important to take the Doctors advice before completely terminating some specific food from your life because there is no doubt that enjoying plenty of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and whole grain is good for your overall health.
Another important thing is to moisturize the affected area regularly with Nut oil, food derivatives and natural ingredients replacing the lost moisture is the number factor when dealing with eczema.
I hope this blog has given you some ‘food for thought’ ( pardon the pun ) I would suggest you look into how foods affect eczema in more detail and try to isolate any foods that affect your condition. Remember, eczema is a very case-specific condition and what will work for you, may not work for others. Always consult your Doctor before trying any new treatments.
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