Best Foods to Avoid for Eczema

Best Foods to Avoid for Eczema

October 7, 2019 94 By Ewald Bahringer


“Best Foods to Avoid for Eczema” Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic inflammatory skin disease. In fact, it’s the leading cause
of healthy years of life lost due to common skin diseases,
because it’s just so common, affecting up to a fifth of us. And, it’s not just an itchy rash; it’s associated with other diseases too. Yes, it can be itchy, exhausting,
and embarrassing, but in kids, it may increase risk for ADHD, though that may just be
from the sleep deprivation. And, in adults, it may increase the
risk of major depression. And, it’s on the rise. There are drugs for it, of course;
there are always drugs. Steroids are the first-line therapy, but then there are
immunosuppressants as well, with more in the drug pipeline. You know the medical profession
is desperate when they’re forced to go
back to the basics and start applying leeches to people. Previously, I talked about
the safety and efficacy of other, more natural treatments, but what about diet? Our story begins in 1920, a year
doctors were realizing how good this oxygen stuff was, though maybe not as good
as injecting people with mercury, but a researcher at Johns Hopkins
reported a number of cases in which by omitting eggs, meat,
and milk from the diet, patients’ eczema improved. Who’s going to profit off of that though? No wonder it took 58 years
before it was put to the test. Figuring eggs and milk
were the two foods most likely involved in eczema,
they excluded them— and chicken and beef, since it may just be chicken and
cow proteins more generally, in a randomized double-blind
controlled trial swapping in soy milk instead, and… 70% of the patients improved. One person got worse on the no egg,
no chicken, no milk, no beef diet, but almost everyone else got better. So, the researchers concluded
that for many kids, avoiding those foods may
induce a clinical improvement. And interestingly, it didn’t seem to depend on whether allergy tests showed
they were allergic to milk and eggs. Either way, they tended
to get better, regardless. You can do randomized double-blind
food challenges, where you give kids with eczema
various foods in opaque capsules, like one with egg powder,
one with wheat powder, etc. Egg was found by far to be
the most offending food. For example, in this study, where
they just cut out the eggs, dramatic improvements
were documented for both the amount of skin involvement
and the severity of the eczema lesions after removing eggs from the diet, but in about 90% of cases,
the mom had no idea that eggs were a problem. Why? Because it wasn’t like they were
eating scrambled eggs or something. Almost all the egg exposure was hidden; they were exposed to hidden
egg products in packaged foods. So, they had no idea why their
eczema was so bad— until this study, where they
removed all eggs and egg products from their diets. Eggs are evidently the
most frequent cause of food sensitivity in children. Out of hundreds of kids
with eczema tested, egg allergy was documented in about
two-thirds of those with sensitivities. In fact, a child having a blood
reaction to egg white proteins appears to be one of the
best laboratory tests for predicting future allergic
diseases in general. It appears to be the ovomucoid
protein within egg whites that seems to be causing
most of the mischief. About 40% of kids with eczema
have some form of food allergy. And, the more food allergies they have, the more likely it appears
they’re going to suffer from eczema— and, make it worse. Those who react to cows’ milk protein are significantly more likely
to suffer severe eczema, showing the important role
cows’ milk proteins may play “in the induction and increased
severity of eczema in children.” Often, parents switch from cows’
milk to goats’ milk, in an attempt to improve
their children’s eczema. But goats’ milk should never
be given to kids with a cows’ milk allergy, because they often cross-react
with one another, which has been confirmed with double-blind
placebo controlled food challenges. Ass milk, on the other hand,
is a different story. Switching kids to donkey
milk improved their eczema, and, for that matter, horse’s
milk might, as well.