The cause of eczema, for many people who suffer it, sometimes has to do with food allergies. But those without diagnosed food allergies notice they experience rapid increase of their eczema after they eat certain foods.
However, this might not be an allergy but rather food sensitivity and it’s worth paying careful attention to how your diet affects your eczema in case it might help to avoid specific foods.
There are actually certain foods that have the tendency of causing a flare-up of your eczema; they include:
Eggs are common trigger of eczema exacerbation in babies and young children. If you’re trying to avoid them, it may be easy enough to avoid scrambled or fried eggs, but be vigilant about dishes like bread and other baked goods that may contain eggs. Keep in mind it might only need to be a short-term avoidance strategy; as some children with egg allergies outgrow them.
Many people with eczema are allergic to peanuts, and this is quite common. If you seem to have developed allergic symptoms, including eczema flare-ups, after eating peanuts, peanut butter, or any other food containing peanuts, you may want to consider allergy testing.
Interestingly, some experts note that certain types of fish, including salmon, sardines, and herring, are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which can fight inflammation in your body. But others warn that fish is on the list of foods that commonly cause allergic reactions. You may want to be cautious until you know how your body reacts.
If you suffer from a type of eczema called dyshidrotic eczema, you may be sensitive to nickel. If so, eating foods containing nickel can exacerbate symptoms, like the small blisters that may appear on your feet and hands. Nickel are used by many manufacturers in the production of cans for food preservation, causing it to show up in those canned foods. You might need to watch out for canned foods too.
Cow’s milk is one of the most common cause of eczema flare-ups in young adults. Also, experts caution, that parents shouldn’t just routinely eliminate milk or milk-based products from their children’s diets. If it is completely removed from the diet, they may develop vitamin deficiencies and other issues.
This kind of elimination diet should only be reserved for people with severe eczema; so speak with your doctor about the appropriate food substitutes.
Note however that before you completely eliminate any foods from your diet, make sure you consult with your doctor. He or she can help you determine what steps to take when safely cutting out different food products.