How do food allergies relate to my eczema?
ECZEMA IS OFTEN SEEN AS A MINOR DISORDER.
It is however, a major cause of suffering. It poses significant social, emotional and financial challenges to children and their families.
Eczema occurs in up to 20% of infants and young children. This figure has increased 3-fold in the last 40 years. Studies have shown that up to 40% of young children with eczema have food allergies that play a large role.
Other allergens (things in the air that the patient could be allergic to) such as house dust mites, pollens, cats and moulds also play a significant role in the development and aggravation of eczema.
At Lloyds Northside Clinic, we have a special interest in allergy testing and the management of allergy related diseases. We make sure that all patients with eczema have a proper medical assessment that entails allergy testing as well as education on the management of eczema.
We will cover general skin care, emollients, avoidance of irritants and sudden temperature or humidity changes. The patients are also educated on how to identify and treat infections that aggravate eczema.
Patients will receive a written eczema treatment plan that will advise them on how to manage any flare up of their eczema.
Up to 80% of children with eczema will also develop allergic rhinitis or asthma in their life. This is a worrying statistic and we feel it is pertinent that allergies should be diagnosed early and managed appropriately.