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Eczema And Diet: Is There A Relationship?
by Kim Archer

Eczema is defined as an ongoing skin disorder which causes inflammation and discoloration as well as scaled, itchy rashes. Those who develop eczema often have a genetic predisposition towards it, similar to other allergic conditions such as asthma and hay fever which tend to run in families. In addition, it is the belief of most physicians that certain individuals will experience heightened eczema symptoms due to certain irritants and allergens in their home. There is another line of thinking that theorizes that eczema outbreaks can be brought on by specific foods, meaning that eczema and diet are actually linked.

There is uncertainty regarding the relationship between eczema and allergic reactions to food items, though it seems apparent that eating particular foods does exacerbate the symptoms some individuals experience. Foods that have been found to cause eczema symptoms to get worse include: cow's milk, eggs, seafood, chocolate, wheat, soybeans, peanuts, food coloring, citrus fruits and acidic foods. Chemical additions to foods including MSG and sulfites are also thought to worsen the skin inflammation of those with eczema.

It can be difficult to determine whether your eczema outbreaks are caused or made worse by consumption of particular food items. The situation tends to vary from person to person and it depends upon the type of diet you are eating. Some food allergies and/or sensitivities make themselves known right away after eating the offending food while others take a little longer. It is possible for several hours to pass before symptoms emerge.

If you suffer from eczema it is always a smart practice to carefully monitor what effects the foods you eat have on your skin and if there is a connection to your flare ups. A great way to determine whether a given food item is causing problems is to cut it out of your diet for six weeks. If you have an allergy to the food or sensitivity to it, then your eczema should get better during the six week period while you are not eating it. You should remove only one food from your diet for the six week period, if you would like to try this method. You will not be able to ascertain which food was the offender if you eliminate multiple foods.

Even if you figure out that a certain food is causing your eczema to get worse, you will not necessarily bring an end to the skin condition. Instead, eliminating the food from your diet will help alleviate some of the symptoms of eczema and can help to lessen the occurrence of flare ups.

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Eczema is a medical condition that encompasses a number of different skin ailments, from nummular eczema to atopic dermatitis. Although there isn't actually a cure for it, there are various treatment methods that will give you some relief. Learn more about treatment options including dyshidrotic eczema treatment [] at the Eczema Treatment [] site.

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