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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What are the most common allergens that cause eczema?

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    Dr Anne Halbert

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    Dr Anne Halbert is a paediatric dermatologist in Perth, Western Australia. After completing her dermatology training and becoming a Fellow of the Australasian College of … View Profile

    In young children food allergies may aggravate eczema, although they are rarely the cause. Most allergic food reactions present within 30 minutes to 2 hours, presenting either as hives (red, itchy whelts with swelling) or vomiting. The 6 foods that cause more than 90% of allergies include nuts, eggs, dairy, soy, fish and wheat. In older children environmental allergies may develop to dust, grasses, pollens and moulds. These environmental allergies also contribute to asthma and hayfever.

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