Eczema includes a group of skin conditions, the most common being atopic dermatitis Download The Car Detective. Atopic dermatitis occurs in people who have a family history of allergies and asthma, and it usually shows up in children before age five.
What to leave out
Because eczema is linked to allergies, researchers believe that certain foods can trigger eczema rashes, so one way to reduce flare-ups is through your diet. Try managing your eczema by eliminating potential trigger foods from your diet one at a time. Foods such as dairy, wheat, soy, eggs, shellfish, yeast, nuts and citrus are all common culprits, so start with these. Try eliminating the food for a period of two weeks and monitoring whether your eczema improves. For healthy skin, follow a healthy balanced diet, loaded with fruit and vegetables rich in antioxidants.
What to add in
In addition to eating a variety of foods, you can also take supplements. Try flaxseed, evening primrose oil and zinc, which all help to reduce skin inflammation, and support your immune system. Omega fatty acids are also good for treating inflammatory conditions in the body, and good sources of these oils include avocados and oily fish such as salmon and mackerel.
By eating healthy foods and eliminating eczema trigger foods, you can improve your overall skin condition and reduce flare-ups.
Joanne Hart for HelloDoctor.com