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Research Into Foods That May Help Eczema

Although most foods and supplements have not shown promise in eczema research, research is ongoing.

For example, some studies suggest that probiotics may help relieve the symptoms of eczema in children. Probiotics are a type of live bacteria. They can be found in foods like yogurt and in some supplements. Most of these studies were done in other countries and tested different kinds of probiotics. So it is not clear what type of probiotics are most useful. "More research in this area is surely needed before we can make a definite recommendation," says Cambio.

Another food being studied as a benefit for eczema is tea. Although there is no definitive evidence, a few studies suggest that drinking black, green, or oolong tea may help relieve eczema symptoms. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and fish oil, which help fight inflammation, are also being studied for eczema.

What Should a Person With Eczema Do?

Choose a healthy diet. Scientific research has established without doubt that a healthy diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and whole grains is good for your overall health. "A healthy diet and lifestyle are good recommendations for anyone with a chronic condition," says Belsito.