Eczema can be a nightmare. It can be cured with a topical treatment, but it can break out any time. Many people don’t know that food can also play an important role in the breakouts. In this blog post, we are going to discuss what you should and should not eat if you have eczema.
Eczema even known as atopic dermatitis is a long-term condition that affects the skin. This condition generally occurs due to hypersensitivity reactions. Your skin will easily overreact to certain triggers like dyes, soaps, fabrics, animals and other irritants.
This hypersensitivity might occur to a person at any age. But eczema is very common amongst infants. In this condition, your skin will appear to be red, inflamed, cracked, blistered or pus-filled. However, in this condition, there won’t be any layers of scaly dead skin.
Eczema can occur anywhere on your body and cause severe itching. Moreover, the good news is that eczema can be treated by using prescribed medicine or natural health products (like Sphagnum Eczema and Psoriasis Body Wash).
Foods to Eat with Eczema
It is highly recommended by dermatologists to eat anti-inflammatory foods while you have eczema. These foods help in reducing or lessening the conditions. Here is a list of foods that you should include in your daily diet if you are the one suffering from this skin condition.
Symptoms of eczema will likely reduce if you eat fatty fish such as salmon and herring. The level of omega 3 fatty acids is high in the fatty fish. Moreover, omega 3 acids are anti-inflammatory agents. On the other hand, you can even consume omega 3 supplements as well
Quercetin is a plant-based flavonoid. This aids flowers, fruits, and vegetables to get their rich color. Quercetin is a powerful antihistamine and antioxidant. However, these properties help in reducing inflammation on the body.
Foods that include high levels of Quercetin:
Foods that contain probiotics is good for people who suffer from Eczema. These foods will help and support a strong immune system and even reduce the allergic reaction.
- Miso soup
- Naturally fermented pickles
- Soft cheese
- Sourdough bread
Foods to Avoid or Limit with Eczema
Foods that you eat may not directly cause eczema but these foods can increase or trigger the symptoms. Basically, you should ignore the food items that you are allergic or sensitive to.
Foods that can trigger eczema symptoms:
- Dairy products
Food items that contain artificial ingredients and preservatives can even elevate the symptoms of eczema too. You should avoid food items that contain a high level of trans fats such as processed foods, fast foods, and margarine.
Many researches even show that sugar can trigger Eczema. Sugar elevates the insulin level and results in inflammation.
Foods that contain high sugar:
- Sweet coffee drinks
- Soda and coke
- Some fast foods
We are not saying you should cut cakes off your diet and just start eating fish and spinach. Just try to find the right balance – think what you eat and how much you eat. Maybe changing your diet just a bit will help to cut down those nasty eczema breakouts?