Eczema is a common skin condition that can cause dry, flaky areas of skin and other symptoms. There are products and treatments such as creams that can help to manage and minimize inflammation, although the condition does not have a cure. However, if you do suffer from eczema then there are some foods that you should perhaps avoid as they can trigger the release of T cells which cause inflammation. Here is a list of foods you may need to avoid if you have eczema:
- Citrus Fruits
- Dairy Products that use Cow’s Milk
- Gluten or Wheat
- Soy Products
- Spices such as Vanilla, Cloves & Cinnamon
- Some types of Nut
- Fish & Shellfish
- Foods high in Sugar such as cakes & some smoothies
- Foods containing preservatives & artificial ingredients
- Foods high in trans fats such as margarine & fast food
Eczema reactions from food often occur around 6-24 hours after consumption although they can delay further. It is important to note that not everyone with eczema will react to the same foods or have the same allergies so in order to determine which foods are causing a reaction you should begin an elimination diet with the guidance of your doctor.
This will involve avoiding common trigger foods before slowing reintroducing them into your diet in order to monitor your reactions and determine the cause of flare-ups. This will help with future decisions regarding your diet, eczema and which foods to avoid. There are also a number of foods that possess anti-inflammatory properties and can be very beneficial to the diet of someone with eczema. Here is a list of foods that can potentially ease the symptoms of eczema:
- Fatty Fish due to high levels of anti-inflammatory omega 3 acids. This includes fish such as Salmon & Herring.
- Foods containing the flavonoid known as Quercetin which is a strong antioxidant and anti-histamine with anti-inflammatory properties. This includes foods such as Apples, Blueberries, Cherries, Broccoli, Spinach & Kale.
- Foods containing Probiotics that help to support your immune system and reduce flare-ups or allergic reactions. This includes Sourdough Bread, Miso Soup, Soft Cheeses, Kefir & Tempeh.
It should be noted though that it is possible to allergic to foods that are considered eczema friendly so it is important to find what is right for you and your diet. Having said that, a diet rich in antioxidants and some anti-inflammatory foods that are rich in fiber is likely to have a positive effect and reduce symptoms. If you suffer from eczema you may find meals consisting of fish, vegetables, fruit and healthy fats to be really beneficial. The odd glass of red wine can also be good as it contains quercetin!