Sometimes skin conditions can be caused or exacerbated by allergic reactions to certain foods. Eczema is the perfect example of a health condition which is affected by allergic reactions.
Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is first seen in infants or small children. It can affect any part of the body but generally appears on the arms, hands, feet, or behind the knees. In infants, small raised, itchy bumps can be found on the wrists, ankles face, neck, upper chest around the eyes or on the eyelids. If scratched these bumps can break, causing fluid to leak out and the bumps to crust over.
Sometimes, the bumps will be red to brownish-gray colored patches that come and go on the skin. The skin is very raw and may appear thicken or scaly. It is important to watch products and clothing that are placed on the skin to minimize any itching or discomfort. All cotton clothes, mild cleaning detergents and cleaning agents are key. Read clothing labels to avoid harsh chemicals and wools. Avoid hot water from baths or showers.
One of the most significant factors to help correct eczema is dietary factors. I have seen patients with eczema who improve their diet and see their skin clear and pain and itching alleviated.
There have been several studies that show correlations between food sensitivities or food allergies and eczema. The foods that cause the most trouble for people with this condition are dairy and wheat products. Dairy products include anything that comes from a cow: milks, cheeses, yogurts and food derived from dairy products can trigger an outbreak. Wheat products include breads, pastas, crackers, many cereals and most baked goods. If a patient has other food sensitivities or allergies those allergies must be addressed to address the skin problems. The digestive tract can usually become damaged from the allergies and sensitivities so I work with my patients to create a healthy whole food diet to help begin the repair process. I have them take probiotics to rebalance the gut flora or environment and support the repair process as well. I might also recommend glutamine which is an amino acid that supports the repair of the intestines and stomach cells.
In addition to removing the sensitivities or allergies I also recommend good oils to repair the damage to the skin. Good oils have essential fatty acids especially omega 3 oils. Finally I recommend foods and supplements with beta carotene and zinc to again help with the skin repair process. These in combination do wonders to heal the entire digestive system and miraculously heals the skin as well.
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“Dr. Dae" (pronounced Dr. Day) Daemon Jones is a Naturopathic Physician who completed her training at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is certified as a General Practitioner by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE). Dr. Dae provides tailored treatment to meet the unique needs of every individual she sees in her practice. She also provides specialized support for persons challenged by nutritional deficiencies, weight problems, hormonal and reproductive system disorders, attention deficit disorder and those experiencing chronic diseases. Dr. Dae is an adjunct faculty member for Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts. She is the author of Daelicious! Recipes for Vibrant Living. Dr. Dae is a featured chef with www.myfoodmyhealth.com. Dr. Dae is a regularly featured writer for the Elite GoogleNews Website empowher.com where she shares her personal and professional vision for living whole and living well. To learn more about Dr. Dae, her products and services, please visit her on the Web at www.Healthydaes.com.