The dyshidrotic eczema diet is a lifestyle change that helps the body absorb more Vitamin C and less nickel or cobalt from our food. The diet suggests eating plenty of fresh fish, fruits and vegetables in order to help with the symptoms of dyshidrotic eczema. The following are highly recommended for you to focus on:
If you already eat these items, wonderful! But there are still concerns what other things you may be eating that contribute to the problem. Those items are:
All the above contain nickel and cobalt, two notorious elements that are known to have an impact on dyshidrotic eczema. It is best to remove them from your diet one at a time so that you can learn what triggers your eczema.
The diet is recommended because it has major benefits in the healing from eczema. Many sufferers have claimed that by changing their diet they were able to cure their illness. While we could not find data to prove those claims, it does appear effective since so many doctors recommend the dietary change. If you are going to try to make lifestyle changes to your diet, we highly recommend that you remove one food group at a time and replace it from the approved list. Also, have a frank discussion with your doctor about your plans to ensure that it won’t have an effect on any other treatments or medications that you are currently taking.
Although there is no known cause for dyshidrotic eczema, it is widely known that cobalt and nickel can cause flare-ups of the bumpy itches. These minerals can be found in trace amounts in our soil but also be added through processing of foods and grains. That is why it is highly recommended to reduce or eliminate those items from your diet. Even if a can of corn doesn’t cause a flare-up, it’s simply better for everyone’s health to eat fresh vegetables. Imagine how great other parts of you will feel because of your changes.
Because of the variations and levels of severity of dyshidrotic eczema, there are multiple options for medications that your doctor could prescribe. Some of these may work on their own without the diet and others may need you to use the diet to help minimize your experience while the medicine takes effect. As always discuss the diet and your medication options thoroughly with your doctor.
Corticosteroids work to fight the inflammation at all levels. It may be taken orally or applied as a topical cream (the most popular option). Aside from the anti-inflammatory properties, this type of steroid works to change your immune response to an allergen and do so effectively.
Immunosuppressive treatments are often used for very severe situations to get results quickly. On occasion, this treatment is stopped when the severity lowers and you can use another treatment to continue working on disease control. There have been cases in which this was the only treatment used but those have been rare.
Antibiotics can also be used but are only used in situations where the lesions were not initially infected but became infected with something like a strep virus. It really is to treat the secondary infection rather than the bout of eczema you are experiencing. It sounds a bit backward but until that secondary infection is removed, one cannot use the other treatments to take care of eczema. Once the infection of the lesions is cured, you will move on to treating dyshidrotic eczema itself.
Although we could not find any studies to prove that supplements assist in with the dyshidrotic eczema diet, it is still something to explore with your doctor for the best possible treatment plan. What we mention below are suggestions from other sufferers in the community and should be investigated further before attempting to use.
A multivitamin with skin support is one of your best options. The additional lutein in the multivitamin works to repair your skin from the inside. Working from the inside means you can get to the root of a problem while using a diet and prescribed treatments.
Vitamin D is a top priority when it comes to some forms of eczema. The best thing to do is to request a testing of Vitamin D in your system to find out if you are deficient. If you are, your doctor can advise on the best ways to include it in your diet and if a supplement will help take care of the rest of the deficiency. Many sufferers have come forward with their own stories of how Vitamin D has changed the game when it came to battling eczema.
A good probiotic is also a great way to combat the allergic reaction by boosting up your immune system. Your immune system is already compromised and results in eczema so doing anything that can help improve your immunity is a plus. There are many types of probiotics on the market and it is best to ask your doctor which one would be most effective.
Vitamin C and iron supplements can also be included but not for the curing of eczema but rather for the healing of any wounds you have sustained from an outbreak. You can be checked for anemia and Vitamin C deficiency as the two often work hand in hand. When we are anemic, it is harder to absorb the Vitamin C and yet you need Vitamin C to absorb the iron. Although not proven, it could be why your outbreaks result in open wounds that don’t heal quickly. By ensuring you are getting plenty of both you are ensuring that your body can heal itself.