Top Six Eczema Allergy Friendly Food
By avoiding specific foods that aggravate eczema and replacing them with eczema-healthy foods and an all natural emollient for eczema, you can minimize your chance of relapse into eczema, control your symptoms or your child’s.
In an effort to spread awareness and help educate on eczema, this is a first part series of showing that people with eczema condition can still have variety in your diet! Check out our top six eczema healthy food to eat which are great for everyone.
What is Eczema (aka Dermatitis)?
Eczema also known as atopic dermatitis, is a recurrent, itchy skin condition that commonly affects children. People with eczema have a tendency for their skin to become dry which then tends to flare up and become inflamed into patches of eczema.
Whether you’re a parent of a child with eczema (a.k.a. dermatitis) or someone who has had the condition like psoriasis and sensitive skin for years, the struggle is real and nerve wrecking.
Eczema and dermatitis is a medical term used to describe an inflammation of the skin that causes red, itchy skin which may also blister.
Types of Eczema / Dermatitis
There are many types of eczema (aka dermatitis) with the two most commonly found as Atopic Eczema and Contact Dermatitis.
Atopic eczema is the most common form of eczema which can affect people of all ages, but children in particular.
Doctors still do not know exactly why atopic eczema develops in some people, research has shown that a combination of genetic and environmental factors play a part.
The term ‘atopic’ refers to a personal and family tendency to develop eczema, asthma and/or hay fever. This is caused by a problem from within the body. In atopic conditions the body’s immune system overreacts to things that would not normally do any harm
If you have atopic eczema (sometime called infantile or childhood eczema) you are born with a tendency for your skin to become inflamed. Various parts of the skin tend to flare up with inflammation from time to time.
Most children with eczema find that their skin improves as they get older (usually by puberty) and for some the eczema will clear, but there is no way of telling in advance whether this will happen.
As a general rule, children whose eczema is more severe tend to retain the condition into adulthood. Even if the eczema improves significantly, people who had atopic eczema as a child often have ‘sensitive’ skin as adults.
Itch is the chief characteristic of atopic eczema and can be almost unbearable, making you want to scratch constantly, especially at night, which interrupts sleep.
Many families and people with atopic eczema find that there is a connection between eczema and stress, although whether the stress causes the eczema or vice versa is less clear.
Learning what your triggers are can help you to take control of your eczema. However, what has provoked a flare-up may not always be immediately apparent.
Contact eczema, or contact dermatitis as it is more commonly referred to, is the name given to those types of eczema that occur as a result of contact with irritants or allergens in the environment i.e. a substance from outside the body.
This typically causes patches of inflammation on areas of skin which have come into contact with the substance. If you avoid the offending substance, the skin inflammation should go away.
Common sites for contact dermatitis are the hands and face, but the condition can affect other parts of the body. A person who had atopic eczema as a child is at an increased risk of developing irritant contact dermatitis.
Symptoms of contact dermatitis may range from mild dryness and skin redness to the appearance of skin burns (see the right-hand image). It can be painful, red, fluid-filled and ulcerated.
Occupations at greatest risk of developing irritant contact dermatitis include: chefs, hairdressers, metal workers, nurses, cleaners and construction workers.
Treatment or Cure for Eczema in Singapore
While medical advancement have helped dermatologist gain deeper understanding of eczema, there is still no known cure for eczema. Treatments or cure for eczema are generally prescribed with the intention of controlling the symptoms and preventing flares.
Commonly prescribed is keeping skin moisturized using emollients i.e. moisturizers is key to managing all types of eczema with topical steroids commonly used to bring flare ups under control.
Prescription Topical Treatment
One of the most commonly prescribed medications for all types of eczema is topical corticosteroids, or just “steroids,” which can ease redness and reduce inflammation and itching so that your skin can begin to heal.
Topical steroids are generally classified by strength, which ranges from “super potent” (Class 1), to “least potent” (Class 7). One of the commonly used topical treatment for mild eczema is hydrocortisone which can be easily bought OTC.
Eczema treatment has four main goals:
- Control the itch
- Heal the skin
- Prevent flares
- Prevent infections.
When used in addition to moisturizers (also called emollients) for treating eczema, steroids are effective at reducing skin inflammation, there are possible side effects of long term steroid use.
Common side effects of steroids include:
- Thinning of the skin (atrophy)
- Skin thickening (lichenification)
- Stretch marks (striae)
- Darkening of the skin
Emollient or Moisturizers
One of the most important elements in managing all types of eczema is to keep the skin soft and supple by frequent and generous use of emollients. Emollients and moisturizers are used to break the dry skin cycle and to maintain the smoothness of the skin.
Emollients are available as creams, ointments and lotions, any or all of which might be suitable to use at different times, depending on whether a person’s eczema reacts to a specific ingredient or ingredients in an emollient.
Creams contain a mixture of fat and water and feel light and cool to the skin. For this reason many people with eczema prefer creams for day time use. All creams contain preservatives and people can become sensitive to them, although this is not common.
Ointments do not contain preservatives. Ointments can be very greasy and some people find them cosmetically unacceptable. However, because they are very effective at holding water in the skin, they are useful for very dry and thickened skin. Ointments should not be used on weeping eczema – use a cream or lotion instead.
Lotions contain more water and less fat than creams, but are not very effective at moisturizing the skin. However, they are useful for hairy areas of the body.
Used every day, emollients may be all you need to keep mild to moderate eczema under control.
While emollients or itch relieving balm can easily be bought in pharmacies or clinics in Singapore, most contains potential irritants like paraffin, petroleum products, preservatives or steroid.
Where possible, get an emollient made from natural ingredients and minimum amount of chemicals. Look at the list of ingredients.
Natural Emollient for Eczema in Singapore
There are no known cure for eczema at the moment but that were ways to help control the symptoms and itch.
Treatments are aimed to moisturize with emollients to facilitate healing of the affected skin and prevent flare-ups of symptoms.
If you are looking for an all natural emollient for eczema and to help relive itching, consider our Magic Baby® Hydrating Blend. It soften and smooth the scales of the skin, which help reduce rough, flaky skin and provide a layer of protection that helps prevent moisture (water) loss from the skin.
Our Magic Baby® hydrating blend is an all natural emollient made from nature’s skin loving plant oils (jojoba and chamomile). Formulated with high quality all natural ingredients, it is a calming and moisturizing natural emollient that helps with itch reliving.
Suitable for people living with eczema, psoriasis and skin conditions. It can be applied on all skin types and anywhere on the skin. Once the oil melts into the skin, it creates a moisture barrier that guards and conditions your skin. Apply as needed.
Read more about our natural remedy for eczema, psoriasis and sensitive skin here