Fight dry, red, itchy skin with these real foods that naturally soothe eczema.
If you have eczema, you know how uncomfortable this condition can be. More than 31 million Americans suffer from this skin condition that can be caused by immune reactions, allergies, irritants or genes. Children are also prone to eczema and the problem can start as early as childhood.
Here’s how to eat to relieve your (or your child’s) symptoms and what to avoid.
What is Eczema?
The word “eczema” comes from a Greek word meaning “to cook.” Eczema can describe a group of different conditions that cause redness, inflammation and itching of the skin.
The different types of eczema include:
- Atopic Dermatitis: The most common form of eczema, this extremely itchy rash is caused by skin barrier problems or a failing immune system.
- Contact dermatitis: caused by contact with an environmental irritant or allergen, such as detergent, perfume, or household cleaning products.
- Dyshidrotic Eczema: Usually caused by contact with an allergen, this type of eczema presents as blisters on the hands and feet.
- Stasis dermatitis: usually occurs in the elderly. Stasis dermatitis occurs when poor circulation in the legs causes the veins in the legs to swell, causing irritation and itching of the skin.
- Nummular eczema: Caused by dry skin or exposure to an allergen, this type of eczema manifests as round lesions on the skin.
- Seborrheic dermatitis: White or yellow greasy patches on the skin caused by changes in hormones, genes, or bacteria.