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How can you help your child avoid eczema food triggers?

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  • Get rid of one food at a time. If you ban dairy and gluten together and your kid gets better, you won’t know which made the difference. Use a food diary to keep track of what you get rid of, and the changes it brings.
  • Move slowly. A positive skin test isn't reason enough to cut out a food. Lots of kids test positive for foods that don't really cause symptoms. And you might cut out nutrients your child needs to grow and develop. Work with your doctor.
  • Use other treatments. Getting rid of a food may not make the rash disappear. Stick with other things your doctor suggests, like skin ointments, lotions, and medicines. Avoid allergens like dust mites, pollen, or pet dander.

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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