Top 10 Eczema Triggering Foods For Both Adults And Kids
What’s that? You have eczema? Then wait! Don’t eat that!!!
Phew. That was close. That food you were about to eat could be an eczema trigger.
What’s An Eczema Trigger?
Eczema triggers are things that can lead to a flare-up of your eczema symptoms. Clothing, soaps and detergents, perfumes, temperature, stress, pets, and even dust are all common triggers. But did you know that the food you eat can also lead to an eczema outbreak? It’s true!
Many common foods are notorious for causing a flareup of eczema symptoms in certain people. This isn’t to say that if you suffer from eczema then you’ll have to avoid each an every one of the foods discussed below. Different people have different triggers. Heck, food might not even be a trigger for you.
But if it is, discovering which food, or foods, it is can make a world of difference.
What Is Eczema?
Eczema, or what is also sometimes referred to as dermatitis, is an inflammatory skin condition that often leads to red, itchy, and dry skin. Although it is typically associated with babies, eczema can occur at any age and affect any part of the body.
There are two main types of eczema. These include:
Atopic Dermatitis – This is the most common type of eczema and the one we are focusing on here today. It generally starts in early infancy although it can also occur in adults who have never had the condition before. People with this type of eczema often experience a flareup of eczema symptoms followed by remissions. Additionally, any area of the body can be affected although there are areas that tend to experience flareups more regularly.
Contact Dermatitis – Contact dermatitis occurs when a part of your skin (such as your hands) comes in contact with an irritant. This type of eczema typically only last a few days to weeks and tends to go away when the “irritant” is removed.
As mentioned earlier, there are many things (or triggers) that can lead to an eczema outbreak. Many times, simply avoiding these triggers can make a world of difference in reducing, or sometimes even completely eliminating, all of your eczema related symptoms.
If you haven’t discovered what your “triggers” are yet, then systematically eliminating the ten foods below is a good place to start.
How To Find Out Which Food(s) You’re Sensitive To
Discovering which food, or foods, are causing your eczema outbreaks is a fairly simple process that can be accomplished with an elimination diet. An elimination diet is where you eliminate all foods that have the potential to trigger eczema outbreaks and then reintroduce them one at a time to see which, if any, food you are sensitive to.
For example, if you commonly consume, dairy, gluten, and soy, then you would want to eliminate all three from your diet for a period of at least three weeks. If your symptoms improve over that time, you know you are sensitive to at least one of those foods.
You would then reintroduce one food at a time to see which one causes your symptoms to return. Easy-peasy right?
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A true elimination diet (eliminating all possible food sensitivities at once for a period of time and then reintroducing them one at a time) can be challenging. If for some reason a true elimination diet is possible for you, then I recommend implementing a modified version of the same thing.
Instead of eliminating all possible eczema causing foods at once, try eliminating just one food at a time. This may make it easier for your if the majority of your diet is centered on one or more of the foods shown below.
If after three weeks your symptoms improve, you’ve likely found at least one of your culprits. If there is no change, then start the process over again with a different food.
Continue the process until you have found which food, or foods, you are most sensitive to. Then adjust your diet to, at the very least, keep those foods to a minimum.
Top 10 Eczema Causing Foods
Remember, just because a food is on this list doesn’t mean it’s an automatic eczema trigger for you. You might be sensitive to just one of them or you might not be sensitive to any of them. But if you think the food you’re eating might be a trigger for you, then the 10 foods below are a great place to start.
This includes dairy found in milk, yogurt, cheese, butter and even whey. Although you can be sensitive to dairy from any animal, typically it’s pasteurized cow’s milk that is the problem for most people. Fortunately, even if you find that you are sensitive to dairy, there are many alternatives on the market these days that taste just as good if not better than traditional dairy. Check out a few of your options below.
If you’ve never paid attention before you might be surprised to find out just how many food products actually contain gluten, even if just in trace amounts. This why eliminating gluten from your diet completely can be a little challenging if you’re not being careful.
When purchasing breads, pastas, or almost any other packaged food, you’ll want to make sure the product says specifically that it’s gluten free as even trace amounts can trigger an eczema outbreak if you’re sensitive to it. Fortunately, as with dairy, there are many awesome tasting options on the market that don’t include gluten.
Check out some of your tasty options below.
You may be thinking right now, “Gee, is there anything I CAN eat?!?!” Thankfully, these days there is. Even eggs can be substituted.
Check out sheknows.com for six creative ideas on how to substitute eggs out of your recipes.
Similar to gluten, soy manages to somehow find it’s way into a large number of processed food items. To be sure you’re cutting soy out of your diet completely, be sure to look for foods that say “soy free” on the package.
You can checkout out foodallergy.com for a list of ingredients you’ll want to look out for when avoiding soy.
Peanuts are notorious for causing allergies in many people. Unfortunately, they can also be a potent trigger for eczema. Make sure to look out for anything with peanuts in it or peanut oil if you plan on eliminating peanuts from your diet.
6) Tree nuts
Tree nuts are grouped together because all of them are potential eczema triggers. These include almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, pine nuts, pistachios, as well as brazil nuts. If you eat a lot of tree nuts, try eliminating them altogether at once, and then reintroduce them one at a time to which one you might be sensitive to.
7) Nightshade Vegetables
Nightshade vegetables…what the heck are those??? At least that’s what I thought when I first heard that term. Nightshade vegetables are a group of vegetables that produce an alkaloid compound called solanine, which is a natural defense against insects and is thought to be the cause of eczema flareups in some people.
Common nightshades include tomatoes, peppers, potatoes (not sweet potatoes), and eggplant. Even tobacco is a considered a nightshade. Some fruits are also considered nightshades such as goji berries (aka wolfberries), garden huckleberries, ground cherries and cape gooseberries.
8) Acidic Foods
No, we’re not referring to the way food taste. Acidic foods are those that produce an acidifying affect on the body after they’ve been digested. This includes many fruits such as oranges, nectarines, and kiwis, some nuts and seeds, most meats, and even corn. There are others so it’s best to research this topic more fully if you plan on eliminating acidic foods from your diet.
9) High Sugar Foods
What’s the easiest way to produce an inflammatory state within your body? Eat lots of sugar! Obviously, this isn’t a good idea if you’re a chronic eczema sufferer.
Just beware that it’s not just junk food that can be a problem. Many fruits, especially dried fruit, pack a ton of sugar as well.
Apparently, many adults have allergies to shellfish. Although you might now have a true “allergy” to shellfish, they may be causing your eczema to flareup if you eat a lot of it.
Dealing with eczema can be a frustrating and seemingly hopeless task sometimes. But finding out what your triggers are can make a huge difference in the severity of your symptoms. Have you managed to successfully treat eczema naturally in yourself or someone else? Please share how you did it below!
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