It most often appears in children before their first birthday, but could also develop in later life.
Symptoms vary between small patches of dry skin, and large areas of red and inflammation skin all over the body.
Eczema patients could be at risk of exacerbating their symptoms if they often eat certain foods, it’s been claimed.
Regularly eating margarine could be contributing to eczema symptoms, warned nutritionist Yuri Elkaim.
It could block essential fatty acids from being absorbed into the skin, which stops the skin from healing eczema, he said.
Instead, it’s best to opt for a healthy, whole-foods diet, revealed Elkaim.
“Your skin is your largest organ, and when it’s irritated, it can be incredibly uncomfortable – as any eczema sufferer knows,” said the nutritionist.
“There is a huge connection between diet, lifestyle, and eczema.
“While topical and over-the-counter medicines might treat the symptoms of the disease, they don’t get at the underlying issues causing it.
“Basically, following a healthy, allergen-free, whole-foods-based diet can go a long way to reduce underlying inflammation.
“Margarine and trans-fats block the absorption of essential fatty acids needed for healing.”
Certain allergens – including gutted, dairy foods and nuts – could be the catalyst for making eczema symptoms worse, added Elkaim.
Sugary foods contribute to inflammation across the whole body, which is one of the underlying causes of eczema, he said.
Patients should also aim to cut back on the amount of fried foods, processed foods, additives, and alcohol in their diet.
There’s currently no cure for eczema, but treatments aim to reduce symptoms.
Some emollients and creams could be used to treat dry skin. Alternatively, a doctor may prescribe a topical corticosteroid cream to reduce swelling.
It’s crucial that patients avoid scratching, as it could damage the skin and make symptoms worse.
Keeping nails short and wearing light clothing over affected areas could help to reduce damage from habitual scratching.
Speak to a pharmacist if you’re worried about the signs of eczema, or for advice on the best over-the-counter treatments.
Published at Tue, 08 Jan 2019 21:05:00 +0000