Eczema Dilemma

Do you or does someone you know have eczema? If you do, no words are needed! It is an incredibly frustrating and difficult-to-manage skin condition. To complicate things further, research is still quite scarce and in the medical world, opinions on using nutrition to manage eczema flare-ups are still quite polarized.

If you are considering using nutrition to manage your eczema, here are five important points that I would like to share with you today:

· Eczema is a broad term. When discussed in the context of food allergies, people use it to refer to atopic dermatitis, but there are other types of eczema too. Talk to your dermatologist to establish the correct diagnosis first.

· There is no single “magic” anti-eczema diet, because there are many different causes of eczema and the way each person reacts may differ. BUT it seems that in some cases there is a way to manage flare-ups through nutrition. It won’t cure eczema, but it may make a significant difference for some people.

· There has been some research in terms of probiotics and managing eczema, but the data is conflicting. Some studies say that it may be effective, while others show no results at all. So perhaps again, this reflects on that there are different root causes of eczema, and therefore the response is different too. Talk to the health provider you trust if you want to try it, especially if you have severe allergies.

· Eczema seems to be linked to inflammation in the body. In some cases, taking care of internal inflammation may help people to get eczema under control.

· And lastly, be careful with elimination diets, especially those that remove too many foods for a prolonged period of time, as it can lead to serious nutritional deficiencies. If you planning on trying it anyways, don’t do it on your own; reach out to a health professional to support you through the process….

That is all for today!

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