Eating for Eczema

A Dietary change to revive your skin

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a non infective skin disease, an inflammatory response to various internal or external stimuli. Eczema can also be known as “contact dermatitis”. Though there are strictly defined differences. 

Contact Dermatitis is usually acute and self limiting and true eczema is usually chronic.

There are 6 main types of Eczema

  • Atopic Eczema
  • Contact Dermatitis 
  • Dyshidrotic Eczema 
  • Discoid Eczema
  • Varicose Eczema
  • Asteatotic/Xerotic Eczema

Common signs and symptoms of all types of eczemas may include:

  • Intense itching
  • Oozing of fluid when scratched
  • Fluids may form a crust
  • Chronic rubbing or scratching will cause lichenization and discoloration
  • Painful cracks develop over time
  • Appears anywhere on the body but most commonly neck, arms and knees
  • Scalp is rarely involved as is palms and soles of the feet

Nutritional Deficiencies

Various Deficiencies may cause differing symptoms. Usually a deficiency in Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, B2, B3 are the most common to cause skin disease. Eczema usually coexists with various other health problems such as sever digestive changes, including diarrhea and gastritis, dementia, glossitis, eye problems, hair loss, anemia etc…


Food that may lessen eczema symptoms

Fatty Fish such as salmon and herring that contain omega-3 fatty, which are anti-inflammatory. You may also take an omega 3 supplement

Foods containing quercetin, a plant based flavonoid, powerful anti-oxidant helps reduce inflammation. Foods high in quercetin include: apples, blueberries, cherries, broccoli, spinach, kale

Foods containing probiotics such as yogurt that contain live cultures help support a strong immune system and reduce flare ups and allergic reactions. Other rich probiotic rich foods include: sourdough bread, miso soup, naturally fermented pickles, soft cheeses, such as Gouda, unpasteurized sauerkraut, keifer and tempeh.

Foods to avoid 

  • Avoid excessive heavy, oily, rich foods in one meal
  • Avoid cold foods, preference placed on warm foods
  • Avoid spicy or heavily seasoned foods
  • Avoid overeating, irregular eating schedule, eating quickly, or eating while angry. 
  • Avoid alcohol, deep fried foods, dairy, 
  • Avoid scale less fish, shrimp, crabs, beef, lamb and eggs
  • Avoid durian, pineapple and bamboo shoots
  • Avoid foods that are sticky or hard to digest such as taro, sticky rice or mashed potatoes
  • Avoid strong tonic herbs such as Korean Ginseng, and  red ginseng

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