The Skin We’re In – Eczema
Summer time will soon be upon us and for most people of days at the beach, fun in the sun and picnics outside are starting to fill their minds and the excitement and anticipation of spending as much time outdoors is almost overwhelming, but this time of year is very different if you’re someone who suffers from a skin condition, such as eczema.
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a condition of the skin presenting as chronic, recurring inflammation of the skin that appears as blisters. These blisters dry, leaving behind a scaly itchy rash. It is common for people with eczema to have a personal or family history of allergic conditions such as asthma or hay fever. There are many irritants and allergens in our environment which can aggravate symptoms. Aggravation can also result from dry skin, exposure to water, temperature changes, stress and some foods. Approximately 10-15% of the population are affected by eczema and this number is on the rise.
One of the most powerful tools we can use to influence our health is the food we eat. Food can provide nourishment and energy for the body, but it can also cause irritation and sensitivity reactions. When a sensitivity to a food is present it can appear symptomatically in many ways and can aggravate other conditions that may be occurring.
Foods that have been associated with making eczema symptoms worse include: cow’s milk, eggs, peanuts, soybeans, wheat, seafood, chocolate, and food colouring. To best understand if these foods are an irritant for your eczema it’s advised to avoid them for at least a period of three weeks followed by a slow re-introduction one by one back into the diet.
On the other hand there are foods that provide healing properties, which have been found to be beneficial in treating eczema. Here are a few suggestions:
- Based on Chinese Medicine dandelion root tea (helps to improve the function of the vital organs and remove toxins from the body), and golden seal root tea (helps to reduce inflammation in the body) are helpful when steeped and taken internally.
- Topically –Raw honey, fresh papaya or golden seal tea each provide healing properties when applied to the affected area.
- Raw potato is another amazing food for the skin when applied topically. Simply wash and grate a medium sized raw potato and apply directly onto affected skin. Wrap gauze or a towel around the area to hold potato against the skin. Potato juice can also be used to wash the area. Don’t rinse with water. Simply allow the area to dry after the application of the juice.
To create an individualized treatment plan for yourself incorporating nutritional guidance and natural supplementation please set up an appointment with Dr. Jennifer Kaster, ND at Balance Point Health Centre, Oakville Ontario. 1-289-291-0254