The answer is yes, many expert Allergy Dietitians out there will agree that diet is one of the contributing factors that affect eczema when considered in the “total body load”.
The Total Body Load refers to all the external and internal factors that affect the body and can contribute to allergic conditions. For example you may notice that eczema gets worse during “hayfever season” when pollen is around or when you are particularly stressed at work and also if you wear a new perfume.
Eczema has not noted to flare up from both natural and added food chemicals such as amines, glutamates, salicylates and colours. Some common food triggers include citrus, tomato, spicy foods, fruit juice and tomato and often the symptoms are very obvious after a party where you may consume lots of strong flavoured snack foods, alcohol/soft drinks and pizza.
Whilst diet is not the only factor that affects eczema, it is one factor that we are able to control, unlike many external stimuli (temperature, pollens, smells etc) and food iinvestigation to help to reduce the total body load and make eczema more manageable.
I recommend you contact a local dietitian specialising in food intolerance to help guide you through this process.
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