Foods That Causes Eczema

Foods That Causes Eczema

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition characterised by cracked, dry, itchy and reddened skin. Children are more susceptible to eczema, but it can also affect adults. Eczema can be caused by a few factors: heredity, skin irritants, stress and certain foods.

Dairy Products

Dairy products can cause an eczema flare up. Cow's milk contains lactose sugar and casein protein, which can cause scaly, itchy rashes. Casein is a protein found in animals' milk and can be found not only in food or beverages, but also beauty products. Those who are allergic to casein should beware of milk curds; caramel colouring, which usually uses milk sugar; and an ingredient called recaldent that is found in some gums. Other dairy products such as cheese, yoghurt, ice cream and even milk chocolate can cause eczema symptoms. Don't let the words "lactose free" full you. Lactose-free milk may contain casein protein. People who want an alternative to dairy products can use rice, coconut or almond milk instead.

Wheat Products

Allergies to wheat and to other foods that contain gluten may cause eczema symptoms to appear. People with those allergies should stay away from food items such as bread, crackers, muffins and pretzels. Read the nutrition labels carefully. Beverages, including beer and coffee substitutes, and grains that include gluten protein can trigger eczema. Those who are allergic should look for wheat-free foods and breads and cereals that contain gluten-free grains such as buckwheat and quinoa.

Acidic Fruits

Some acidic fruits--including blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes and citrus fruits-- can cause atopic dermatitis, The National Eczema Association also suggests wearing disposable vinyl gloves when handling tomatoes and citrus fruit.


Nuts are also associated with eczema. The common nut allergens are almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pistachios and walnuts. People who find that their eczema flares up after eating a certain kind of nuts should stay away from them. This includes candy and snack foods that contain nuts or are made in a factory that processes nuts.

Food Additives, Colorings, Preservatives

Atopic dermatitis can be caused by food additives, dyes and preservatives. The most common eczema-causing food additives are tartrazine, sodium benzoate, sodium glutamate and sodium metabisulphite.

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