Management of eczema is a combination of reducing potential triggers and using the right cream or ointment for your skin. A pro-active approach to prevention must compliment treatment of existing symptoms in order to achieve the best results.
One area that can be of importance to many is diet. Whilst eczema itself is not an allergy, exposure to allergens can exacerbate symptoms. By minimising exposure to anything that may cause our immune systems to react, we minimise the risk of outbreaks. Common foods to keep an eye on are eggs, dairy, wheat or other gluten containing foods. Lactose can also be a problem for some.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you know of any other allergies or sensitivities which you may possess, be they dietary, such as shellfish, or environmental, such as dust mites or hay fever, then avoiding contact with these will likely have a positive effect on your skin conditions.
Have you thought about keeping a regular food diary? By noting what you eat and when your eczema worsens, you could start to see a pattern and eliminate that food from your diet. Remember, the Epaderm range can be used even between flare ups.
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