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How can food trigger eczema in children?

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When you have a food allergy, your body reacts to a harmless treat as if it's a dangerous germ and attacks. Symptoms -- like swelling -- are side effects of your body's defenses. Eczema doesn't seem to be an allergic condition, but reactions from food can make it worse in some kids. While trigger foods can make eczema worse, experts don't think they’re really the original cause. Instead, it seems to result from "leakiness" in the outer layer of skin that lets in irritants, germs, and allergens. It’s more likely in babies and young children. Up to one in three kids with eczema has a food allergy that could make symptoms worse. If you remove some choices, it could make a difference.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: "Skin Allergy Overview."

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: "Eczema in Children."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)," "Food Allergies."

Demehri, S. PLOS Biology, May 19, 2009.

Zheng, T. Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Research, February 2011.

Van Bever, H. WAO Journal, April 15, 2008. 

University of Iowa Children’s Hospital: "Common Additional Questions."

UpToDate: "Epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis of atopic dermatitis (eczema)," "Patient information: Atopic dermatitis (eczema) (Beyond the Basics)," "Role of allergy in atopic dermatitis (eczema)."

World Allergy Organization: “Food Allergy."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 02, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: "Skin Allergy Overview."

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: "Eczema in Children."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)," "Food Allergies."

Demehri, S. PLOS Biology, May 19, 2009.

Zheng, T. Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Research, February 2011.

Van Bever, H. WAO Journal, April 15, 2008. 

University of Iowa Children’s Hospital: "Common Additional Questions."

UpToDate: "Epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis of atopic dermatitis (eczema)," "Patient information: Atopic dermatitis (eczema) (Beyond the Basics)," "Role of allergy in atopic dermatitis (eczema)."

World Allergy Organization: “Food Allergy."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 02, 2019

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