Eczema is an extremely annoying and painful condition, manifested by itchy bumps and blisters on the skin. It is a quite common inflammatory skin condition which affects babies, children, and adults. It can pop up anywhere and at any time. While doctors are still uncertain about the underlying cause, factors like diet and stress can certainly worsen the symptoms.
What triggers an eczema flare, specifically? Well, some of the most common culprits include food allergy and intolerances, seasonal and environmental allergies, medicines, stress, chemicals, fabric, and breast milk.
12 Foods that Make Eczema Worse
- Dairy milk
- Milk product like cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, and butter
- Processed foods like lunchmeat, sausage, and bacon
Eczema Home Remedies
- Eczema Friendly Diets
Eczema home remedies should begin with your diet, which enables you to determine the culprits quickly. Some people opt for a standard elimination diet and later modify their eating habits based on the result.
Standard Elimination Diet
Some elimination diets remove foods one at a time while others remove all suspected foods for about 3 weeks, and then slowly add back each food. The idea is to allow the body to heal and reset during that period. If you remove all foods and the symptoms don’t subside, the chances are food is not your culprit.
Other Elimination Diets
- Modified low carb—Paleo, Atkins, and Keto
- Gluten Free
- Fasting Elimination Diet—only under the guidance of a doctor
Soy, including soy foods can be triggers. Other legumes can be as well. If you are interested in a plant-based diet, consult a nutritionist before you begin.
- Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
Vitamins and minerals nourish the skin and aid in healing inside and out. Whole foods sources are fine, but you should consider supplements too.
Vitamins, Minerals, and Supplements
- Vitamin B complex
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Omega-6 fatty acids
You might definitely benefit from some or all listed above.
- Colloidal Oatmeal Bath
This treatment is recommended by doctors and dermatologist as it provides relief. It isn’t always convenient to use, but it is all-natural and safe.
You will need a cup of readymade packets per bath, and you simply add it to the bathtub. Soak for about ten minutes.
These medications reduce inflammation and calm itchy rashes quickly, but they are recommended for severe cases only. Long-term use can lead to resistance.
- Essential Oils
The essential oils below contain antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties, which make it extremely beneficial for reducing your symptoms and irritation.
- Tea tree oil
- Rose Geranium