Dealing with Eczema

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.

8 May, 2012

8 thoughts on “Dealing with Eczema

  1. Good advice.

    I think that people are experiencing increasing skin conditions such as eczema, but with little understanding of the connection with lifestyle and diet and that’s a real shame as much can be done without the need for medication, which is especially important when dealing with children.

    As you say, it is known that wheat and diary products can be triggers and by reducing these in ones diet, this can reduce the person’s overall sensitivity to a level, so the body copes better and the skin complaint is reduced.

    It is difficult to change lifestyles, but I’d rather try that than medicine if at possible.

    1. I agree with the points you have raised. The conventional route although good to have, isn’t always the best way particularly where children and medicine is involved.

      A lot of conventional medicines although they alleviate part of the problem to a certain extent, they don’t often get rid of the cause and they suppress the immune system.

  2. It can be a hard thing to deal with at times.

    For some reason I end up with it mostly on my hands which can be highly aggravating since I wash my hands quite a bit.

    I hadn’t really thought of a dietary solution, but that could be one possible change to make. I just try to deal with it as best I can between the ointment and using lotion.

    1. Both of my children had Eczema growing up. We managed the condition and slowly got rid of it by cutting out wheat and dairy products. I believe diet plays a big part in dealing with Eczema.

      I must admit it’s hard being disciplined all the time, but well worth the effort if you can stick with it.

  3. My daughter had Eczema when she was little and does occasionally now.

    My little patient has it bad, but now that I think of it he hasn’t had hardly any since we started him on Coromega 3 kids.

    Good information and post.

    1. Omega oils are supposed to help Eczema. I very much believe that Eczema is a condition that can be controlled by our diets and the foods that we eat.

      I’m am very pleased what you are doing is helping Lisa.

  4. My daughter had eczema when she was little and does occasionally now.

    My little patient has it bad, but now that I think of it he hasn’t had hardly any since we started him on coromega 3 kids.

    Good post and information.

    1. Children generally have childhood Eczema but tend to grow out of it when they begin to grow.

      I know certain foods can trigger eczema, but like everything it’s finding out what works for you. I am pleased you have found something that helps your little patient.

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