Eczema is a long-term skin condition that can lead to dry, itchy and cracked skin, which can be prone to bleeding.
It is important that once we are aware of the condition, it is checked out by our doctor. A doctor should ask questions about the condition and other symptoms, as it’s not uncommon when dealing with Eczema to be dealing with other allergic conditions such as Asthma.
Eczema is common in infants and children, but is something that can continue into adulthood. It may also run in families. Although it’s not known what exactly causes Eczema, there is speculation that it stems from an allergic reaction.
Once the condition is present, it’s usually made worse by triggers such as pollen and dust. Foods such as wheat and dairy products are also known triggers of Eczema.
Dietary changes and the avoidance of environmental triggers may help reduce the condition. For those who struggle with Eczema, corticosteroids creams may be used, whilst using emollient creams to moisturise the skin, to try to keep the skin normal.
As part of a general healthy lifestyle, adding oily fish, which contains Omega-3 fatty acids to the diet, may reduce the severity of Eczema symptoms. Although a healthy lifestyle may not cure the condition, it can help reduce the inflammation, particularly if known trigger foods are excluded from the diet for long periods.
Research has suggested that fish and shellfish can be trigger foods for children with Eczema, but only if they are already allergic to those foods. If they’re not allergic, eating fish and shellfish won’t add to the already presenting problems with Eczema, so should remain in the diet.
For some of us, an exclusion diet may be the only option and necessary to ascertain which foods trigger or make their symptoms of Eczema worse. Food triggers can differ greatly from person to person. Other food triggers include soya and eggs.