Eczema is a disorder in the epidermis of the skin. The symptoms include reddening, irritation, blistering, swelling, crusting, bleeding and cracking. The most common type of eczema is ‘Atopic Eczema’. Although the exact reasons for this condition is not known, hereditary factors, the immune system being over sensitive or allergy to certain foods can cause eczema.
The foods which are known to trigger the allergy should be avoided. Ingredients such as casein available in milk or gluten, available in wheat are commonly known triggers for this condition.
Food items that can cause eczema are:
• Milk, yogurt, curd and certain varieties of chocolates made using cow’s milk.
• Wheat based food items and cereals such as bread, cracker, pancake, donut, bagel, oats, rye, barley, and so on.
• Nuts like walnut, hazel nut, peanut, cashew and pistachio.
• Sea food such as salmon, tuna, shell fish, mussel, crab, lobster and so on.
• Fruits like orange, strawberry, blue berry, lemon, plump and prunes.
• Food color or additives like sodium benzoate, glutamate or tartrazine.
To establish the food triggering eczema one should follow the diet consumed closely and find out the food items causing this condition. One should re-introduce these food items in the diet and watch for symptoms. If eczema worsens or gets triggered, the individual should avoid such food items.
Such people should drink plenty of water and other fluids to avoid dehydration of the skin which can worsen the condition of eczema. They should also work towards building a stronger immune system to minimize the chances of developing eczema.