Eczema is a form of skin disorder that affects the epidermis or outer layer of the skin. Symptoms of eczema include reddening of the skin, inflammation, crusting, blistering, cracking and bleeding.
The exact cause is difficult to pinpoint but hereditary factors and over-sensitivity of the immune system are believed to cause the condition.
Food allergies often worsen the symptoms. Thus, there are certain foods to avoid with eczema, but which foods cause eczema?
An eczema diet can help prevent an outbreak of the skin disorder. At the very least, it will prevent your eczema from getting worse.
People have varying sensitivities to different foods and a particular food that triggers eczema in one person may be safe for other people. The following foods are some of the common foods to avoid with eczema.
1. Milk and Dairy Products
Casein in milk and milk products can trigger an eczema condition. Avoid foods such as yogurt, cheese and even milk chocolate if you have eczema.
2. Wheat-Based Products
Some people are allergic to the gluten in wheat. It is best to avoid wheat-based foods such as bread, pancakes, crackers, bagels and donuts. Cereals such as oats, barley and rye can also trigger eczema.
Walnuts, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, peanuts and pistachios can cause an allergic reaction that can trigger or worsen eczema. People with eczema should avoid these foods.
Many people are allergic to seafood like crabs, prawns, lobster, salmon, mussels, clams, etc. These foods are dangerous for people with eczema and should be avoided.
5. Eggs and Soy Products
Other food items that can worsen eczema are eggs and soy-based products such as tofu and soy milk.
6. Food Additives
Food colorings and food preservatives such as tartrazine and sodium benzoate can cause an outbreak of eczema. Monosodium glutamate should also be avoided by sensitive individuals. If you have eczema, stay away from processed foods to relieve your skin condition.
Eczema Diet Plan
If you suspect that certain foods trigger or worsen your eczema, the first step in an eczema diet is to identify the foods you are allergic to. Avoid certain foods that you think worsen eczema symptoms.
Follow your elimination diet for a few weeks and try to identify what foods were consumed prior to the onset of the symptoms. If your eczema improves during the elimination diet period, it is likely that the suspected foods are dangerous for you.
You may want to confirm the foods to avoid with eczema. Slowly reintroduce these foods one at a time. If eczema symptoms recur, these foods are not safe. On the other hand, if the condition does not worsen, the suspected food may be safe to eat.
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Concerned dad on October 07, 2020:
Annoying advice as many other more reputable blog recommend salmon and pistachio.
Patrick on April 14, 2017:
I'm right there with you Nick. I find the advice less than useful.
Nick on January 31, 2016:
So basically eat nothing and drink water eh?