Allergies May Be the Cause of your Eczema Symptoms

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a condition that affects both children and adults. Most commonly it appears during the early years of childhood. Young children often have eczema on their cheeks, torso and/or joints of the arms and legs. There is no available cure for eczema, but using a lotion is important. It is also important to investigate the cause of your eczema. With a clear diagnosis and good advice from your doctor, you will be better equipped to encounter and reverse some of the more unpleasant effects.

Why do I have symptoms?

Eczema can occur in connection with allergen exposure, and can be caused by both food allergy and allergy to indoor/outdoor triggers. It can also increase your sensitivity towards triggers because the natural skin barrier is damaged. Eczema in children has also been linked to an increased risk of developing rhinitis (e.g. hay fever) or asthma later in life.

Eczema Facts:

  • Up to 70% of infants and young children with eczema have an underlying allergy that contributes to disease severity
  • 90% of patients with food allergies and eczema have their symptoms triggered by milk, egg, peanut, wheat, soy, shrimp, and fish
  • 30% of young children with moderate to severe allergic eczema have a food allergy

So what can you do if you have eczema?

A great first step is finding out the root cause by getting an allergy test.

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