Could Food Trigger Eczema?

For many people, there is a link between eczema flares and food allergies. Here are five of the most common foods that trigger or worsen eczema symptoms and what you can do to prevent flares.

Here at LATIV, Natural Skin Revival we focus our attention on awareness, prevention and natural solutions to treat and manage your skin disorders.


Eczema is a disease that needs some significant attention.

It affects people of all shapes, sizes, color and age and the solution to treat and manage it is not “a one-size fits all”, it affects everyone differently.

Eczema has multiple subtypes that can contribute to these uncomfortable conditions.  Some people can have multiple subtypes while others have different subtypes at different points in their lives.  Sometimes it comes and goes away for no apparent reason at all, so it’s a bit of a moving target. 

For people who suffer with eczema, it’s important to recognize that for many people there’s a link between eczema flares and food allergies.  This is especially true in children. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that 37% of young children with moderate to sever eczema also have a food allergy.  While food allergies themselves are not the cause of eczema, in some people a specific food sensitivity may trigger or worsen an eczema flareup. Sharecare

Best foods to avoid for eczema.

Food allergies commonly associated with eczema include milk, egg, peanuts, wheat, and soy. It’s also possible that processed foods and artificial sweeteners may be linked to eczema.  Learn more about Food Allergies and Skin Disorders. The AAD says that children under the age of 5 should be tested for allergies if their eczema symptoms continue despite treatment.  They also recommend testing if a child’s eczema flares after eating a specific food. The good news is that kids tend to outgrow most food allergies and eczema.

For adults the evidence may not be as clear, however some adult eczema suffers find that eating certain foods aggravates their skin.  Pinpointing the exact foods may require some time and patience.  But, in people with an identified food allergy, eliminating that food can lead to significant improvement.  Try to track symptoms and any particular food that you have eaten before an eczema flare. 

How to heal eczema naturally.

We support the elimination diet, but before you start, make sure you do some research. You want to make sure you and your children are getting all the nutrients that you need.  A generally good option for all health conditions is to try a diet that is centered on whole, unrefined or minimally refined plant foods and excludes or minimizes meat, dairy products, eggs, and highly refined foods such as bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil.  For additional information on healthy eating check out Forks Over Knives.

The all natural option for eczema flares.

There is no topical cure for eczema.  Eczema needs to be treated and treatment needs to be consistent in order to manage the condition.  Most people with eczema are given topical steroids as a means of treatment, however topical steroids are not your only option.  Prolonged use of steroids, particularly prescription-strength, may aggravate acne, thin the skin, cause dilated blood vessels, and cause stretch marks.  There are safe and effective natural treatment options. 

Check out our Treatment Guide for Adult Eczema and Infants and Children Eczema. Here are our product recommendations:

Written By: Mary Ellen Wank, Wellness Advocate and Founder of LATIV, Natural Skin Revival

October 10, 2019 6:09 am

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