Eczema – More Than Skin Deep

Eczema is generally treated with strong steroid creams which may calm the itch short-term but long-term you’re still suffering. All these lotions and potions are simply a cover-up. They don’t target the cause of your eczema and unfortunately if you carry on depending on them your skin becomes thinner over time and it also becomes less effective.

Have you ever thought it could be something you’re eating that is triggering your eczema? While what happens on the surface of the skin is important, if you suffer from eczema you need to look at your diet.

It could be something you eat very rarely or something you eat every day – whatever it is you need to find your trigger food. The most common foods which can trigger eczema symptoms in some people include: milk, eggs, soya, dairy, wheat (that’s my trigger,) fish and nuts. Once you find out what your trigger food is you can look into changing your diet. I’ve now gone gluten-free and noticed a huge different to my eczema. Although I can wheat in small does, it’s only when I binge on wheat I will notice I’m itching more.

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But how do I know if a food is making eczema worse? You ask. Well…

There are allergy tests available but from personal experience before you even consider an allergy test, start a food diary. Literally monitor every single thing you eat for around 3 months. Note down any symptoms you have when you eat certain foods no matter how small. This will help identify the trigger food which is causing you to itch.

Another test you can try is eliminating certain foods from your diet. For example, go 6 weeks without wheat and see if your symptoms improve, do the same with the other popular triggers until you notice that you’re symptoms improving.

Look out for symptoms which develop within two hours of eating the trigger food. Itching and scratching may worsen shortly after eating the trigger food. A common sign is redness, swelling and irritation around the mouth. Another skin symptom that may develop is urticaria. In this condition, itchy, fluid-filled lumps appear on the skin. Other symptoms may occur such as abdominal pain, vomiting, wheezing, itchy eyes and sneezing.

However not everyone is the same and some people develop symptoms six hours after eating the trigger food or in some cases even the next day! If this happens to you then pinpointing the trigger food can be harder.

It’s so frustrating and upsetting when you’re dealing with eczema. But by looking into your diet and trigger foods hopefully you’ll notice a change for the better.