Preventing your eczema from flaring up is a vital component to your overall natural approach to managing the skin condition and used in conjunction with the latest natural remedies, will provide a lasting solution.
Knowing the triggers to your eczema is essential in the steps to prevent your eczema from re-occurring.
Foods that Trigger Eczema
Certain foods trigger eczema in some people. The top 5 most common foods that trigger eczema are:
Eggs can cause an outbreak of eczema. There are numerous products containing egg that you have to be careful of if your eczema is triggered by eggs.
Dairy products such as milk, butter, cream, cheese, yogurt and ice-cream have been known to cause reactions in eczema sufferers.
Seafood, specifically shellfish, can cause an allergic reaction. Fish and any other food hight in Omega-3 have been known to reduce eczema.
Nuts, although not as common, have been known to trigger eczema. Tree Nut allergy (including almonds, walnuts etc) affects 1.2% of the population but only a fraction of those will trigger eczema.
Wheat and wheat products
Wheat and wheat products such as flour, semolina, malt, bulgur can trigger itchiness and rashes.
15 to 20% of the population suffers some form of reaction to wheat that can trigger eczema.
Chemicals in the environment probably trigger eczema more often than foods do. Commonly these are:
- Nickel, often used for making costume jewlery
- Latex, used in household and industrial rubber gloves
- Woolen clothing worn next to the skin
- Extreme hot or cold weather
- Some people find that smoking make eczema worse
- Stress can aggravate eczema
- Lack of sleep, infection, digestive problems, dry air - can all lower imunity which increases susceptibility to eczema
Lifestyle changes to manage eczema
- Avoid wool and synthetic fibres which can irritate and inflame sensitive skin. Wear cotton as often as possible
- Humidify the air in your home – using a humidifier or bowls of water placed near heaters
- Rinse and dry hands throughly after washing
- Use tepid not hot water when bathing – hot water dries out the skin and can provoke eczema
- Use unscented products on your skin
- Wash with soap free cleansers, not soap
- Always wear rubber gloves when washing dishes or coming into contact with laundry detergent
Boost your immune system through good diet to help counter allergy and irritation