Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - FEATURES -

What is it? eczema is a com­mon skin con­di­tion, with var­i­ous causes, that can make skin in­flamed, red, itchy or dry, and some­times blis­tered or weepy.

atopic der­mati­tis, the most com­mon form, is typ­i­cally seen in peo­ple with asthma or hay fever in the fam­ily. eczema usu­ally be­gins in child­hood, fre­quently aris­ing in skin folds and on the face. eczema im­pairs the skin’s bar­rier func­tion, which nor­mally helps skin stay hy­drated, pli­able and re­sis­tant to in­fec­tions and al­ler­gies. The food link … Some peo­ple with eczema have food al­ler­gies, which a health pro­fes­sional can test for. if an al­lergy is present, an elim­i­na­tion diet can help de­crease eczema’s sever­ity. it’s im­por­tant for peo­ple with food al­ler­gies to be reg­u­larly re­assessed be­cause their al­ler­gies can spon­ta­neously re­solve. elim­i­na­tion di­ets are not ef­fec­tive for treat­ing eczema if you don’t have a food al­lergy. SO­LU­TION Con­sider try­ing pro­bi­otics Your skin is cov­ered in help­ful micro­organ­isms that pro­tect against dis­ease. Overuse of an­tibi­otics can de­stroy this bal­ance, but pro­bi­otics can help.

tak­ing pro­bi­otics dur­ing preg­nancy and also post­na­tally po­ten­tially de­creases the risk of atopic der­mati­tis in off­spring. if there is a strong fam­ily his­tory of eczema, ex­clu­sive breast­feed­ing for four months also of­fers some pro­tec­tion. there is no strong ev­i­dence that sup­ple­ments re­duce eczema.

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