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How can the food I eat play a part in my eczema?

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A certain food is likely not the only cause of your eczema, but it could play a part.

Certain foods may trigger a change in your skin within minutes or cause a flare days later. If you’re having a hard time clearing up your eczema with medicines, your doctor could suggest you try a food elimination diet. You may also need to be tested for food allergies. This can confirm which foods are making your skin worse so you know to avoid them.

SOURCES:

Katta, R. , March 2014. Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology

Walling, H. , published online July 28, 2010. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology

National Eczema Association: “Phototherapy,” “Immunosuppresants,” “Topical Cacineurin Inhibitors.”

FDA: “Public Health Advisory: Elidel (pimecrolimus) Cream and Protopic (tacrolimus) Ointment.”

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema): Beyond the Basics,”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, “Eczema,” “Oral Steroids,” “Phototherapy: UVB.”

ChoosingWisely.org: “Antibiotics for your Skin.”

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: “Alitretinoin for the treatment of severe chronic hand eczema.”

Ghasri, P. , published online April 19, 2010. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology

American Psychological Association: “The Link Between Skin and Psychology.”

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center: “Understanding Biofeedback.”

McMenamy, C. September 1988. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 04, 2018

SOURCES:

Katta, R. , March 2014. Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology

Walling, H. , published online July 28, 2010. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology

National Eczema Association: “Phototherapy,” “Immunosuppresants,” “Topical Cacineurin Inhibitors.”

FDA: “Public Health Advisory: Elidel (pimecrolimus) Cream and Protopic (tacrolimus) Ointment.”

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema): Beyond the Basics,”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, “Eczema,” “Oral Steroids,” “Phototherapy: UVB.”

ChoosingWisely.org: “Antibiotics for your Skin.”

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: “Alitretinoin for the treatment of severe chronic hand eczema.”

Ghasri, P. , published online April 19, 2010. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology

American Psychological Association: “The Link Between Skin and Psychology.”

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center: “Understanding Biofeedback.”

McMenamy, C. September 1988. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 04, 2018

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