Dietary Eczema Relief (D-I-Y!)
Your dietary intake has a great impact on many things beyond weight – it can actually be affecting whether you have eczema or not. Improper diets can lead to more effective response to treatment, and possibly prevention. If you need eczema relief and would like treatment to be relatively quick, then changing your diet needs to be a strong consideration. Here’s a list of what not to eat during treatment.
Whatever you eat on a day-to-day basis impacts your dermatitis drastically, though not all triggers are the same across the board for everyone. Some food will definitely have a poor impact on your eczema. Having good horse sense about what you eat – and discovering what foods cause eruptions in your case – is a necessary part of recovery.
Some of these foods are perhaps the worst of the bunch, and they include: wheat, shellfish, oranges and lemons, strawberries, tomatoes and corn, and cow’s milk and eggs. Surprised? Many of these foods are pushed as solid dietary choices, but can actually be causing your skin to break out.
One thing to remember is that we are all unique – not all foods listed will impact everyone the same way. Some people have immediate responses and erupt right away. Other folks will find that they don’t immediately respond, even up to 24 hours. The key is to be vigilant and keep in mind what foods trigger a response in your case.
Some of the symptoms you may see are swelling and inflammation of the skin. You may not realize that the following can also show up: itchy eyes, abdominal pain, sneezing, diarrhea or vomiting. Keeping track of what you eat will help you to avoid the foods that you didn’t think you were allergic to in the past, but perhaps have developed an aversion to. Doing so is a great step in eczema relief.
There are foods that can harm, but also foods that can treat your eczema. Some research has shown that flax seed oil will actually help alleviate symptoms, about a tablespoon a day. Of course you can also take the powder form of the oil and spread it on your food, or use the whole flax seed.
Taking different dietary supplements, such as healing herbs, will also increase your body’s ability to stave off eczema symptoms. Zinc is one such nutrient, as it helps with immune response. Any supplements that are targeted to increase immune response will really help in the fight against eczema.
Watching what you eat, making sure you know what to avoid but also what is helpful, will have a great impact on eczema relief. Knowing how to manage your diet, and working with your physician’s instructions will provide the relief you need.