Although eczema has a variety of different ways it can flare up, one of the biggest ones is food allergies.
Food allergies can contribute to significant flare-ups, causing painful itching, swelling, and blistering.
The foods most often linked with food allergies, and therefore the most common way allergies affect eczema, include eggs, wheat, soy, nuts (from trees, specifically), fish, and peanut.
These food allergies can result in vomiting, diarrhoea, cramps, and hives, swelling and itching of the lips, mouth, tongue, or throat, wheezing and difficulty breathing, and lowered blood pressure. You can tell right away if a child has a food allergy that’s contributing to the eczema if, right after eating a food, you can see the child experience a flare-up around the mouth. That inflammation is a sign of an allergen present, and this type of food should be avoided at all costs for the child’s well-being.
When food allergies affect eczema, it can happen suddenly or over time. When it happens suddenly, you’ll notice a rapid and sudden redness and itching of the skin after eating a certain kind of food. This will usually happen within two hours of consumption. Alternatively, you may have a delayed response, which will occur within 48 hours of food consumption. Be aware though, that the late response may not actually be in conjunction with a food allergy, and you must take careful notes of what’s being eaten if delayed reaction is suspected.
Even though eczema isn’t caused by food allergies, they do have a significant role in the impact and duration of eczema flare-ups. If you already have rough, patchy, itchy skin and you ingest a known allergen into your system, you may be increasing the duration and severity of your eczema. Essentially, you’re introducing something poisonous into your system, a nutrient combination that your body doesn’t like, and that will, in turn, decrease your immune system. If your immune system is compromised in any way, then you can bet that your eczema will, at the very least, last longer than normal. Because your immune system is compromised, it won’t have the tools available to heal your condition, making your situation more itchy and uncomfortable.
When dealing with food allergens and eczema, you must abide by a few rules. If you know your child has allergens, you must avoid those foods at all costs or risk a harsh flare-up. Additionally, a food log will help you to notice any new foods that may be allergens, as new allergies can crop up at any time. By keeping a careful food log, you will be able to notice quickly if something is triggering your eczema, and you’ll be able to stop introducing it into your system. Additionally, by decreasing the amount of known allergens into your system, you may also be able to decrease the number of flare-ups, and be able to do more preventive maintenance to keep eczema from returning instead of constantly treating the allergen-induced flare-ups. By keeping a good track of what’s going on in our bodies, we can prevent eczema, so it won’t interfere with our lives again.
For more information: The Ultimate Guide to Defeat Eczema