Updated: Feb 25
Food-sensitive eczema reactions will typically occur about 6 to 24 hours after a person eats a particular food. Sometimes, these reactions may be delayed even longer. To determine what foods may be causing the reaction, a doctor will often recommend an elimination diet.
This diet involves avoiding some of the most common foods known to cause eczema...
Before eliminating any foods, a person will need to slowly add each food type into their diet and monitor their eczema for 4 to 6 weeks to determine if they are sensitive to any particular food.
If a person's symptoms get worse after adding a particular food to the diet, they may wish to consider avoiding it in the future. If a person's symptoms do not improve when eliminating a food, they probably do not need to remove it from their diet.
Some common foods that may trigger an eczema flare-up and could be removed from a diet include:
Gluten or wheat
Spices, such as vanilla, cloves, and cinnamon
Some types of nuts
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