Eczema, otherwise known as atopic dermatitis, is common and typically presents early in life but can appear at any time. It is the most common chronic skin condition in children, affecting up to 20% of kids. Patients with eczema often have a higher rate of sensitization to food(s). Though evidence does not indicate a specific food causes eczema itself, long term repeated exposure to specific food allergen(s) can lead to poor eczema control.
There are foods known to negatively affect eczema. These top 8 food allergens account for about 90% of all food allergic reactions.
- Cow Milk
- Chicken Egg
Unfortunately, around 30% of people with eczema will also develop an immediate anaphylactic reaction to food. This may consist of itchy hives, shortness of breath, and/or abdominal discomfort.
Eczema is an extremely uncomfortable condition that can interfere with the overall quality of life. While it can be a chronic condition, there are many things one can do to help control their symptoms.
Board certified allergists are able to perform skin testing, blood tests, and oral food challenges to uncover whether a food allergy is linked with your eczema as well as potential anaphylactic symptoms.
The Allergists at Coastal Allergy Care can also assess for allergic contact dermatitis. If your rash is more consistent with ACD, allergy patch testing may be performed.
Call us for an appointment if you’d like to know whether skin testing, patch testing, or eliminating a food would help your skin heal and look its best! 805-482-8989