Eczema is a condition often caused by an overreaction of your immune system due to an irritant, like certain soaps, etc. Such conditions tend to leave people with itchy rashes and/or small bumps. If you or a loved one struggles with frequent eczema (aka atopic dermatitis) flare-ups, it may be because of certain foods you or your loved one is eating. Here are a couple examples of foods that may be triggering your eczema flare-ups.
Peanuts are one of the most common allergens in human beings. Therefore, there is no doubt that they may be contributing to your eczema flare-ups, especially if you have had issues with peanuts before. However, if you feel fine after eating a classic PB&J, only to find yourself with a rash a day or two later, this may be caused by a delayed reaction—so don’t discredit the possibility that peanuts (or other nuts) are the culprit after all.
Another example of a common food allergen that can contribute to an eczema flare-up includes eggs. Some people have had egg allergies in the past but think that they have outgrown them because they don’t experience any other symptoms. Nevertheless, atopic dermatitis is persistent and chronic, which means that even if the egg allergy is outgrown, you may still want to be cautious about consuming them if they still trigger eczema flare-ups. It is recommended that you get allergy testing if you suspect that eggs may be triggering your flare-ups.
If you eat a vegan, dairy-free, or plant-based diet—or even if you merely just enjoy a good tofu crumble—soy products may be a go-to in your home. Unfortunately, even amidst all of their health benefits, they can be a common eczema trigger, especially in babies and kids. If this is the case, you may want to try to lay off the soy, and try using oat milk or rice milk products instead. However, before you do so, talk to your doctor who can get you or your loved one tested for a soy allergy.
Ultimately at the end of the day, avoiding foods is best done under the direction of a doctor after they've done tests to officially determine that there is a problem. So talk to your doctor today if you are experiencing eczema or any other similar symptoms. They can help you get the treatment that you need to feel happier and healthier.
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