Overcoming Eczema: What to Do
If you are one of the 35 million Americans that suffer from eczema, you understand the struggle the disease causes. Although the cause is unknown, it is understood that those who develop eczema do so as a result of both genetics and environmental triggers. While there is no cure for this disease, there are several ways to manage it, so it doesn’t impact your everyday life.
Know your triggers
As an autoimmune disease, food can often be a big trigger in the inflammation brought on by eczema. Although everyone’s case is different, most people are negatively affected by certain foods that have proteins that are not able to be properly digested. Some of these include:
- Cow’s milk
- Other Grains
To accurately determine a triggering food, remove all of the above from your diet for approximately thirty days. After the thirty-day period, add them back in one at a time. By doing this, you will be able to determine which food specifically causes a reaction or eczema flare-up.
In the meantime, make sure you are consuming lots of healthy fats. Avocados, walnuts, olive and coconut oils, ghee and wild salmon are all excellent forms of omega-3 and -6 fats.
Take your supplements
Vitamins C, B, D, and E are all great supplements to have on hand if you suffer from eczema. While vitamin C provides antioxidants that work to stabilize the cell membranes and prevent inflammation, vitamin B helps keep skin healthy and the circulatory system running smoothly. Vitamin D helps to heal damaged skin tissue and vitamin E provides relief from dryness and itchiness.
Probiotics are another great supplement to have in your diet, whether you suffer from eczema or not. While they help to strengthen the immune system, they also work to prevent allergic reactions that can lead to eczema flare-ups. Fish oil is excellent as well, as it inhibits leukotriene B4—a fatty molecule that is linked to eczema inflammation.
Stress is a big trigger for eczema flare-ups. While stress is not something we can avoid in everyday life, it is something that we can learn to manage properly.
Maintaining a healthy exercise regimen to release stress is a great place to start. Download a meditation app or take a local yoga class to learn how to manage stress and rid it properly. If needed, visit a psychologist to help organize thoughts.
Know what to apply
If you still struggle with severe eczema despite following these tips, call Elias Dermatology and schedule a consultation. Dr. Merrick Elias and Dr. Matthew Elias can prescribe the best topical and/or systemic treatments for your skin type and specific condition. Although there is no cure for eczema, Elias Dermatology will take every step necessary to find the best approach to treating you and keeping you comfortable in the skin you are in.
Call us today at <a href="tel:9543882843">954-388-2842</a>!