Eczema is a frustrating, itchy and sometimes painful condition, and flare-ups can be both uncomfortable and unsightly. There are many strategies you can use to avoid flare-ups, but if you aren’t looking at how your diet can affect your eczema, you may be missing out on a great set of tools.
Eczema Diet & Food Allergies/Sensitivities
People who have eczema also often have food allergies, such as dairy, eggs, soy, gluten, nuts and shellfish. If you’re sensitive to any of these foods, even if you don’t have a full-blown allergy, you may want to try cutting them out of your diet or choosing alternatives to see if they improve your incidence of flare-ups.
It should be noted that eating foods doesn’t cause eczema, but eating foods you’re already sensitive or allergic to may cause a flare-up.
You may also want to reduce sugar in your diet, which can be a trigger for eczema due to its inflammatory properties.
Good Foods to Eat to for an Eczema Diet
It may come as little surprise, but many of the foods that are good for your body also help your body avoid eczema flare-ups. Essentially, sticking to a diet rich with anti-inflammatory foods is a great tool for avoiding eczema flare-ups. Here are some of the best ingredients for an eczema diet.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Fatty fish, such as salmon, and other foods like grass-fed beef and dairy (if you’re not sensitive to it) are great sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. You can also take Omega-3 fatty acid supplements, and in fact, the Mayo Clinic recommends taking taking concentrated Omega-3 fatty acids (e.g., via fish oil) to treat eczema.
Quercetin gives fruit and vegetables their rich color and acts as both an antioxidant and an antihistamine, both helpful in treating eczema. Find it in foods like apples, blueberries, cherries, broccoli, spinach, kale, and even red wine.
Probiotics help your gut health and support a healthy immune system, which makes them vital in an eczema diet. You can take them as a supplement or find them in yogurt, soft cheeses, fermented foods (unpasteurized pickles or sauerkraut)
Eczema Diet Plans
If you’re looking for more specific diet plans, there are several options that could use the diet principles listed above that would serve well as a guide for your own eczema diet. Whole30, the Mediterranean Diet, and Anti-Inflammatory Diet, and the Auto-Immune Protocol are all worth looking into.
Eczema Treatment at IVX Health
If IV infusions are a part of your eczema treatment plan, then consider scheduling your next appointment at IVX Health. IVX Health makes it possible for you to get your treatment on your own schedule with the comforts of home at any of our offices. You can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room. You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline at work, or you can even bring your spouse and call it a date! It’s the right care at the right place to get your health on track.
We’re invested in helping you live your best life, so we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at any of our convenient locations. If you’re ready to experience the difference IVX Health can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.