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How can you find a food trigger for eczema in children?

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Some are obvious. If your child eats lobster for the first time and breaks out in hives 15 minutes later, it’s probably not hard to figure out. But with eczema, it's often tougher. Symptoms may not show up for days after you eat something. If you do find a trigger food and get rid of it, that may help. Still, it may not make the eczema go away. Remember, two out of three kids with eczema don't have a food allergy at all.

From: Food and Eczema Flares in Children WebMD Medical Reference

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. , May 19, 2009. PLOS Biology

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

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

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. , May 19, 2009. PLOS Biology

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

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

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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