Allergen Removal

Patients suffering from eczema often become acutely aware of the things which trigger their symptoms and become well practiced in avoiding eczema allergens. Seemingly innocuous foodstuffs and everyday substances can cause a flare-up in sufferers and may be difficult to remove without considerable effort on the part of the whole family. When considering dietary allergens in atopic eczema in children it is important not to make major changes to your child’s diet without consulting a qualified doctor or nutritionist first. Restricting foods in the diet can result in deficiencies in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients which can adversely affect a child’s growth and development. In some cases a nutritionist may in fact be able to detect nutritional deficiencies associated with eczema, or problems with metabolism of some nutrients that could be contributing to the development and persistence of eczema itself.

Eczema sufferers may wish to consider trial exclusions of things such as eggs which are a common eczema trigger, particularly in children, along with cow’s milk and, in those allergic to cow’s milk, goat and sheep milk which are common cross-reactive allergens. Natural fibres such as wool may also cause skin irritation and eczema flare-ups, as can the lanolin (sheep skin fat) that is often found in moisturisers and skin creams or other toiletry products. Changing to a natural laundry detergent and household cleaning products, as well as wearing cotton gloves inside rubber gloves when washing up may also be helpful in reducing atopic eczema and contact dermatitis symptoms. Avoiding contact with solvents and strong chemicals, as well as sudden temperature changes may reduce the severity of eczema, with the latter due to a reduction in sweating which can worsen the condition.

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