Dealing with Eczema
Winter is coming. For some, it’s a take-heed warning from Game of Thrones, but for others, it’s a red flag that drier skin is also coming.
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, a chronic itchy skin condition, is one of the dry-skin ailments that can be exacerbated by winter climes. Although its cause is unknown and is a condition that occurs commonly in childhood, especially if you’re predisposed due to a family history, many of us take it with us well into adulthood.
As we age, says author Karen Fischer in The 8-Week Healthy Skin Diet, our bodies produce fewer enzymes, especially digestive enzymes, and this can lead to poor digestion and nutritional deficiencies, causing drier skin and increased risk of inflammatory conditions.
So, whether your grandbabies have it or you do, here’s an at-a-glance guide for healing from the inside and out.
Fischer recommends limiting the known diet triggers of eczema, such as saturated fats, nuts, vegetable oils, seeds, dairy, preservatives and salicylates (such as avocado, grapes, stone fruits, tomatoes, red wine and MSG) and increasing “moisturizing foods” such as omega-3, salmon, trout, sardines, flaxseed oil/ground flaxseed and dark green leafy vegetables.