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Nutrition Guide to Treating Eczema

How to Heal Eczema Naturally Through Diet

Your one-stop resource for everything you need for treating eczema (dermatitis) naturally, including diet tips, food recommendations and recipes for people with eczema.


What is This Guide?

This Nutrition and Diet Guide for People with Eczema aims to provide eczema sufferers with extensive information and tips on how to prevent eczema flare-ups and heal the symptoms at home through appropriate nutrition. The page you are currently viewing is the home page of the guide — all the latest diet/cooking tips and articles are published here, so be sure to bookmark this page! Other sections of this guide focus on providing information on the most important dietary factors and foods for those who want to embrace a natural approach to healing eczema symptoms. This guide also includes a collection of recipes designed for eczema sufferers. Use the menu on the right to navigate this guide.

What is Eczema?

Eczema (also known as dermatitis) is a group of skin conditions that cause dry, itchy inflammation of the skin. An estimated 15 million people in the United States have some form of eczema. It is more common in children under school age, and in many cases the disease clears or even disappears with age. However, some people will have some form of eczema throughout their lives.

Eczema flare-ups are associated with an abnormal response of the body's immune system. In people with eczema, the body's inflammatory response to irritating substances overacts, causing the itching and inflammation associated with the condition. However, what causes this abnormal reaction is not known. There is also no known cure for the disease. However, there are several treatments that can control the symptoms. Many people find relief by moisturizing their skin frequently, reducing stress, and avoiding harsh soaps and detergents. Also a number of nutritional factors (the topic of this online guide) may help control eczema breakouts.

Important Notice: The information on this website has not been verified for correctness or completeness and should never be used as a substitute for professional nutrition advice or for professional medical or health advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or another qualified health professional.

There are plenty of reasons to incorporate more mushrooms into your diet. Not only are mushrooms packed with eczema-healing nutrients such as zinc and ergothioneine, they are also easy to season as nearly all seasonings pair well with mushrooms. If you're serving mushrooms as a side dish, use seasonings that go well with the main dish.

To add variety to your anti-eczema diet, add more unusual foods such as black salsify to your food repertoire. Black salsify, also known as scorzonera, contains inulin, a type of prebiotic fiber that promotes the intestinal absorption of minerals such as the eczema-fighting mineral zinc.

Did you know that zucchini blossoms are edible and that they are delicious, too? They are also versatile and can be eaten sauteed, roasted, stuffed, or steamed. In Mexico, zucchini flowers are also commonly used in soups. Before using zucchini blossoms in your recipes, be sure to remove pistils from female flowers and stamens from male flowers.

Can Organic Dairy Reduce the Risk of Eczema in Babies?

A large cohort study suggests that organic dairy may reduce the risk of atopic eczema in infants.
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Are All 'E Numbers' Bad?

People prone to eczema breakouts are often advised to eliminate 'E numbers' from their diets, but should all E numbers be avoided?
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Health Benefits of a Wheat-Free Diet

Could your eczema flare-ups be linked to the consumption of wheat?
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Mugwort Allergy and Cross Reactivity with Foods

Learn which foods cross react with mugwort pollen, a common cause of allergic rhinitis.
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Food Sources of Psoralen

Learn which foods are rich in psoralen, a natural compound that is sometimes used in the treatment of severe eczema.
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What Are Low Allergenicity Foods?

Benefits of low allergenicity foods (beyond protection against eczema breakouts).
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HYPOALLERGENIC FOODS IN SEASON THIS MONTH

Vegetables and fruits that are in season taste better, provide more vitamins and minerals, and are generally cheaper than foods that are not in season. The following charts show which hypoallergenic foods (or anti-eczema foods) are at their finest in the US, UK, Ireland and Australia at the moment. Hypoallergenic veggies and fruits are generally considered safe for people with eczema. Please be aware that the lists may be incomplete and partially inaccurate for some regions due to unpredictable changes in weather conditions and other factors.

In the UK and Ireland, November heralds in a number of hypoallergenic foods, including: kale, parsnips, pears, potatoes, kohlrabi, celery, celeriac, cabbage, carrots, butternut squash, swedes, blackberries, lettuce, Brussels sprouts, beets, pumpkins, cauliflower, turnips and chard. Also apples and mushrooms, both of which are famous for their eczema fighting properties, are at their finest in November. Hypoallergenic foods in season in Australia at the moment include: bananas, asparagus, apricots, lettuce, potatoes, carrots, peas, beets, cabbage, kohlrabi and cucumber. Also apples, one of the best natural weapons against eczema, are in season in November. Several hypoallergenic members of the brassica family — including kale, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and broccoli — are in season in the Northeastern United States and Ontario right now. Other hypoallergenic and eczema fighting foods that are at their peak in this region include mushrooms, parsnips, carrots, rutabagas, apples, pears, beets, squash, chard, pumpkins, potatoes and turnips.
Make the most of brassica vegetables like kale, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts this month — they are considered hypoallergenic and are currently in season in Michigan, Illinois and Iowa. Other hypoallergenic and eczema-fighting veggies and fruit in season include apples, potatoes, parsnips, carrots, squash and turnips. November heralds in many hypoallergenic and eczema treating foods in the southern/southwestern states of Texas, Arizona and California. In most of these states, the following foods are at their best right now: broccoli, beets, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, carrots, cabbage, kohlrabi, kale, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, chard, lettuce, squash and turnips. There are a number of locally cultivated hypoallergenic foods that are currently at their finest in the sunshine state. These include fennel, chard, beets, cabbage, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, celery, lettuce, broccoli, zucchini, cucumbers, squash, thyme, oregano and basil.