Many people who suffer from eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, have food allergies. However, some people without food allergies may notice eczema flare-ups after eating certain foods; this could be a food sensitivity rather than an allergy. It's worth keeping track of how your diet affects your eczema to see if avoiding certain foods can help.
Although not everyone will be allergic to the foods listed below, they are common food allergies associated with eczema:
products made from soy
Certain foods do not appear to cause eczema, but they may cause a flare-up if you already have the disease. Maintaining an eczema-friendly diet is essential for long-term eczema management. Not everyone will react to the same foods in the same way or experience the same flare-ups.
Here are some foods that you should incorporate in your diet.
Fatty fish, such as salmon and herring, may help to alleviate your symptoms. Omega-3 fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory, are abundant in fish oil. You might also want to look into taking an omega-3 supplement. In general, getting at least 250 mg of omega-3 fatty acids daily, preferably through food, is recommended.
Live cultures in probiotic foods, such as yogurt, support a healthy immune system. This may aid in the reduction of allergic reactions or flare-ups. Having a slice of sourdough bread is a good place to start!
Vegetables and fruits
Inflammation-fighting flavonoids are abundant in vegetables and fruits, such as apples, broccoli cherries, blueberries, spinach, and kale. Flavonoids have been found to help improve the overall health of a person’s skin and fight problems such as inflammation (which is associated with eczema).
Bell peppers, oranges, strawberries, cauliflower, pineapple, and mangoes. Vitamin C is antioxidant which helps protect your body from allergic responses.
Potassium high foods
Bananas, avocados, acorn squash, sweet potatoes and white beans. Potassium is another inflammation-fighting food that can help reduce eczema symptoms.
Do let us know if you have any other tips on managing eczema. We would love to hear!