Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Have eczema? Avoid this list of foods

The old saying “you are what you eat” is typically used to teach children healthy dietary choices,
but as time and medical technology advance, we have learned just how accurate that saying really is.

What you put into your body is what it uses for fuel, so it makes sense that if you’re eating something your body doesn’t like, you’ll see symptoms of it. This is true even for conditions once thought to be unrelated to diet–like eczema.  An inflammatory condition of the skin, no one knows the exact cause of eczema

Actually an umbrella term, “eczema” can be used to refer to many different types of skin conditions that are thought to be linked to allergic reactions within the body, some of those caused by diet.
Studies of children and young people with atopic eczema found that one-third to nearly two-thirds also had a food allergy.

As a general rule, the following foods can cause eczema to worsen:
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Wheat
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Soy
Food allergies can vary from person to person. People who wish to identify eczema trigger foods in their diet should consider the following options:
Elimination diets: cutting a suspected food trigger out for 10 to 14 days. Watch to see if it makes a difference.
Food challenges: After you’ve taken food out of your diet, add a small amount back in to see if it causes symptoms.
Skin testing: Performed in a doctor’s office, this test uses food extracts to test for sensitivity. If the area tested swells up, it’s a sign of an allergic reaction. This test can be unreliable, however, especially in people with sensitive skin.
Blood tests: RAST — radio allegro sorbent test — can check for special cells in the blood that are signs of specific food allergies.
Managing eczema can be a challenge. Research suggests hormones and stress can impact eczema, and likewise, foods that affect hormones and stress can be problematic. Don’t try to solve you eczema issues alone; make sure you involve your doctor to ensure you find relief as soon as possible.

Find full article at  http://voxxi.com/2014/11/01/foods-can-cause-eczema/

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