Dermatitis a heartbreaking condition. Otherwise know as eczema, it is characterized by inflammation of the skin resulting in redness, itchiness, blistered and sometimes thickened skin. Symptoms can become painful and may result in oozing and scarring. Moreover, dermatitis most commonly begins in young children.
If dealing with this condition doesn’t sound challenging enough, there is yet another obstacle to sufferers. Many people and dermatologists don’t believe that food has anything to do with causing eczema. Commonly, when food allergy tests come back negative, it is assumed that the foods are not connected to itchy skin The truth is that certain foods can cause very severe dermatitis flare ups. The good news? By eliminating certain foods you can improve your dermatitis by up to 95%. Although different people are affected differently, these are some general guidelines of foods to avoid If you suffer from this condition:
When referring to dairy, we are usually talking about milk, cheese, whey and yogurt from grazing animals, that is goats, cows and sheep. Raw, or unpasteurized, milk may be easier to digest and has even been known to even clear up dermatitis because of its probiotics and enzymes, but it may have the opposite effect if you are sensitive to casein protein. Your best bet is avoiding commercial dairy altogether and use raw dairy with caution.
if you have been to your favorite supermarket or restaurant lately, you may have noticed a large number of foods labeled ‘gluten free.’ If you are a suffering from dermatitis, this may be something you want to take notice of. Wheat, rye, einkorn, faro, kamut and spelt are gluten based grains. They are commonly found in spices, oars and lentils. Luckily, with the recent attention being paid to the potential dangers of gluten, you can easily find substitutes. You may be familiar with wholegrain substitutes like quinoa and you can even make your favorite desserts and pancakes with buckwheat or teff.
Eggs are hard to avoid. They seem to be an essential ingredient in so many baked goods. Unfortunately, they can be big triggers of dermatitis. Chicken eggs are the worst offenders, and in some cases quail, goose and duck eggs can be eaten with no negative effects, but when in question, it is best to be safe and avoid eggs altogether. Chia and flaxseed and safe substitutes.
Nowadays, you can find products touting the inclusion of soy because of its nutritional benefits. Tofu, soy milk, seitan, miso tempeh and edamame are products that usually make no secret of their soy content. However, for those with dermatitis, soy may not be so desirable. While it is easy enough to avoid products that advertise soy, it is the hidden soy that you really must be wary of. Watch out for ingredients like vegetable oil, vegetable protein, vitamin E and eggs from soy fed chickens.
Peanuts and Tree Nuts
Because many people have dietary issues with peanuts, most food containing nuts are clearly labeled and easy to avoid, but also note that many Asian dishes contain peanuts, so be careful when dining out. Tree nuts include almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, pine nuts, pistachios and Brazil nuts, so be careful with ice cream and candy.
As previously mentioned, different people can tolerate different foods. The best thing to do is keep a diary of the foods you eat and keep in mind that reactions can occur from food eaten up to four days before an outbreak. Begin by eliminating the foods that you believe are problematic and see how your skin reacts. Once you begin to realize how certain foods effect you, you can start to plan for a more comfortable life.