Atopic Dermatitis or eczema as it is commonly known predominantly affects children under 5yrs of age. Eczema is a superficial inflammation of the skin and a myriad of factors can contribute to its development. Often there is a familial history of eczema so genetics does play a role in part; food allergies and stress round out the top three.Due to the itchy nature of eczema it can be stressful for everyone when there is a flare up, particularly in young children who don’t understand. Eczema can be managed in two ways – ongoing care and acute stage care.

Ongoing care requires elimination of all allergenic foods. The most common triggers/allergens include milk, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts and other artificially flavoured foods. And increase in nutrient dense foods such as omega-3 rich seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables, low allergenic nuts and seeds and where possible lean meats.People who suffer from eczema also seem to have altered or sensitive gut flora, so ongoing probiotic rich foods can also be of assistance. Lifestyle tips that can also help reduce the number of flare ups include avoiding hot water that is too hot, wearing cotton clothes, avoiding excessive sweat and reducing stress.

If you do find yourself in an acute stage, topical creams and oatmeal baths can help reduce the severity. For further information on reducing your flare ups contact the team at Neurohealth.

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This article is written by Jessica Hocker, Nutritionist – Neurohealth Chiropractic