Diet Tips for Managing Eczema


Susan Fishman

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Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) causes itchy, flaky skin and can be quite challenging to manage. Flare-ups can be instigated by everything from cosmetics, soaps and wool to dust mites, pollen and pet dander. Triggers are different for everyone, but identifying yours will help you keep your symptoms under control. For example, some foods may cause your eczema to flare, so avoiding them could be your best defense. There are also foods that have been shown to improve eczema symptoms, as well as other diet tips that can help.

You Are What You Eat

Because what you consume affects every aspect of your health, it’s important to know which ingredients cause negative effects. If you suspect that certain foods are causing your eczema to flare, you may want to try eliminating those foods from your diet for 3 to 4 weeks to test out your theory. Common culprits are eggs, dairy, soy, peanuts, fish, corn, tomatoes, citrus and gluten products. After a few weeks, gradually reintroduce each food one at a time to help monitor your symptoms and pinpoint your triggers.

Caring for sensitive skin and eczema can be challenging, but with the right tips and tricks, you can give your skin the love it needs.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 28, 2017

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