The exact cause of eczema remains unknown to this day; however allergy is a common denominator for eczema. While some foods cause eczema to flare up, there are other triggers that can also be causing eczema such as: heredity, stress, irritants and allergens such as dust mites, washing powders, shampoos, feathers, chemicals, paints and wool.
Eczema can affect both males and females and may occur at any age, but it is most frequently seen in babies. The face is where it most commonly appears and is most severe but it does affect other parts of the body. Eczema causes severe itching, inflammation and stinging of the skin. It starts off by forming small pimples that grow into large blisters filled with water. When the skin dries off it forms little scales that can itch severely.
Dry and moist eczema are the two kinds of eczema and they are usually at their worst during winter months.
A food allergy is an abnormal reaction of the body’s immune system to a protein found in certain foods. When ingested in the body and in contact with the food protein, substances are released which cause inflammation (redness and swelling) and the symptoms of an allergic reaction occurs such as: an itchy rash, eczema, hives, swelling etc.
Common Food Allergens:
Eggs – allergic reactions are generally to such foods as eggs themselves, baked goods, candies, mayo, creamy dressings, meat loaf, breaded foods and noodles.
Cow’s milk – the allergen in cow’s milk is probably the most common. A susceptible person may be allergic to whole, skimmed, evaporated, or dried milk, as well as to milk-containing products such as ice cream, cheese, custard cream and creamed foods and yogurt.
Citrus Fruits – oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit and tangerines can cause eczema.
Tomatoes -this fruit, often called a vegetable can cause eczema. In addition to its natural form, it can be encountered in soups, pizza, ketchup, salads, meat loaf and tomato paste/juice.
Other foods include: fish in particular shellfish, wheat, soy and whey.
How is a food allergy diagnosed?
A doctor or dietician with experience in food allergies can perform a proper diagnosis. Skin or blood tests are helpful to confirm diagnosis.
However the most reliable way to diagnose food allergy is by eliminating challenge-testing
How is a Food Allergy Treated?
This condition is managed by completely avoiding all the foods that causes a reaction.