It is hard to deal with any problem if you do not know what the root causes are. Eczema is a disease which often causes the skin to become itchy, scaly, and inflamed. The worst thing that could happen is further infection in the affected area if not treated immediately, especially the eczema on face. The causes of eczema are unknown and some believe that it is due to the over reacting of the immune system to allergens. The symptoms of eczema may be caused by external and internal factors such as the substances around us and the food we eat. Nonetheless. There has been limited evidence that suggests food consumption can trigger allergic reactions and can possibly cause the incidence of eczema.
For babies, breastfeeding is highly advisable before introducing certain kinds of foods. Gradual introduction of food will help you and your baby in identifying certain foods which causes allergic reactions. For adults and other children, there are actually eczema diet plans available that could help you in determining the foods you should consume and avoid. You must understand that there are certain foods that could trigger eczema flare up and sometimes could cause infection.
You can do a trial and error to check which type of foods can irritate your skin. Start by listing food groups such as poultry and dairy products. Consume them in one meal and check if you have developed any symptoms of eczema. If rashes started to appear, you must avoid eating these kinds of foods. Sea foods and shellfish could be eczema triggers to others. Some people develop rashes after eating chocolates, tomatoes, and citrus fruits. Food allergy may vary in different people.
Other than the elimination of food allergens, you can also consume foods which are helpful in enhancing and improving your immune system. Babies are easily affected by eczema because they have under developed immune system. You may increase your intake of vitamin and minerals supplements such as Vitamin C and E. Vitamin E is responsible for keeping your skin healthy and it adds extra protection to your skin against the different allergens in the environment.
If you are having difficulty identifying the food allergens, you may need to visit a dermatologist and seek advice. Some doctors perform “patch testing” to determine which kind of substances and allergens you should avoid. They would also recommend and prescribe medicines and antibiotics you can take for eczema to subside. On the other hand, some people still prefer the natural ways of healing because they are less expensive and has no side effects.
Following these reminders will help you in dealing with this skin condition. You just have to avoid the foods which could trigger eczema and add in your diet those foods that are effective in fighting the symptoms of eczema.