Eczema: Can Certain Foods Trigger Flare-Ups?

Eczema is a common skin condition that makes life uncomfortable for millions of Americans. The itchy, red, and scaly skin patches that signal the disorder typically begin in infancy and can come and go throughout life into adulthood.

The team of top-level specialists at Premier Allergy & Asthma, with 10 family-friendly locations around Columbus, Ohio, provide expert treatment for numerous allergy-induced conditions, including eczema. Our experts are happy to shed light on eczema and its relationship to diet.

Understanding eczema

Eczema (atopic dermatitis) causes dry, red, itchy, and bumpy skin that can occur on the hands, feet, ankles, wrists, neck, upper chest, eyelids, or inside the bend of the elbows and knees. In infants, eczema is often first noticed on the facial cheeks and scalp.

The intense itchiness associated with eczema is often worse at night, and affected areas become red, raw, and extremely sensitive to touch as they drain, crust over, and crack. Eczema increases your risk of developing painful skin infections. Most common in those with underlying allergies or asthma, eczema affects people of all ages but typically begins before age five.

There is no cure for eczema, but effective treatments can limit the frequency and severity of eczema breakouts. A major step in treatment includes identifying and avoiding your eczema triggers whenever possible.

Eczema and your diet

When you have eczema, extreme temperature changes, a dry environment, stress, a hot shower, and even wearing certain fabrics may cause a flare-up of this frustrating skin condition.

Another triggering factor in eczema is inflammation. Certain foods can cause your immune system to release T cells, immunoglobulin E (IgE), and other substances that are linked to an exaggerated inflammatory response in your bloodstream.

These foods vary from person to person but most commonly include:

Sugary foods and beverages can also trigger an eczema outbreak by raising insulin levels in your bloodstream, which leads to increased inflammation.

Controlling eczema through diet

Effective eczema treatments offered by our Premer Allergy & Asthma specialists include a variety of therapies designed to limit the severity and frequency of eczema flare-ups. Your provider may, for instance, recommend topical ointments, oral medications, and other useful remedies that combat the effects of eczema.

Depending on your symptoms, your individualized treatment strategy may also include an eczema-friendly, anti-inflammatory diet that limits chemically processed foods and emphasizes:

It may take some investigation via allergy testing and an elimination diet to identify foods that trigger your eczema, but healthy nutrition is often a vital component of successful treatment.

For an accurate diagnosis and expert treatment that relieves the itch of eczema, schedule a visit at Premier Allergy & Asthma. Call our office that’s nearest you or request an appointment online today.

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