Foods to avoid if you have eczema

Updated July 18, 2017

According to the National Eczema Society, many skin conditions are considered eczema. Atopic dermatitis is a common type, along with nummular dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis and hand dermatitis. Many things, including foods, can irritate eczema, occasionally making the condition worse.


Remove excess dairy products from your daily diet. Many individuals who suffer from eczema also have allergies to dairy, mainly cheese and milk. Food allergies can make eczema worse, because most dairy products have protein molecules that are harder for your body to digest, according to Eczema Natural Healing. In addition, some dairy products are also acid-producing foods. Of course, you need calcium, so consider purchasing non-dairy products that are made from rice or nuts. Eggs also have a potential to irritate the skin, as they can cause inflammation in eczema.


According to Eczema Natural Healing, you should try to avoid high-glycemic grains. These foods can result in an increase in insulin production, making your body absorb sugar too quickly. This can result in a hormonal imbalance and may irritate eczema. Examples of high-glycemic foods include instant grain cereals, cakes, pastries and corn chips.


Yeast products may exacerbate ezcema. Eczema Natural Healing says that if you consume a lot of bread every day, your intestines may hold about 14g (0.5oz) of alcohol. Alcohol destroys the body's enzymes, so toxins are not removed from your body. A hormonal imbalance and skin problems such as eczema may result.

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