What Foods Trigger Eczema Flare-Ups?

Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition in which a person develops itchy and dry patches on the skin. Eczema is also known as Atopic Dermatitis where the affected person develops irritation, itchy rashes and oozing blisters on the skin. However, the exact cause of eczema is unknown. Eczema is common in infants, but it can affect people of any age.

Genetic and environmental conditions are the triggering factors of developing such inflammatory skin condition, i.e. eczema. People with eczema also get diagnosed with certain food allergies. There is no complete cure for eczema. The medications prescribed by the dermatologist will help to reduce the inflammation and irritation including other symptoms and signs of Eczema.

What Foods Trigger Eczema Flare-Ups?

A person can bring changes in lifestyle and food habits to control and prevent eczema flare-ups. A person can implement the measures to bring the signs and symptoms of eczema under control. It is a challenge to detect the triggering factors of eczema flare-ups. Staying healthy and comfortable with eczema will make a great difference.

How Can Food Allergy Trigger Eczema Flare-Ups?

The body of a person with food allergy reacts to a certain type of foods as if dangerous germ attacks! The foods allergic to the body will worsen the symptoms which are more likely in infants and young children. Eczema affects everyone in different ways. Similarly, food allergies also react differently which vary from person-to-person.

Some specific foods may increase the release of T-Cells which cause skin inflammation. The allergic foods also trigger production of immunoglobulin-E or IgE- antibody produced by the body responding to a threat.

One needs to note down the reactions and signs of food allergies. The reactions of food-sensitive eczema occur after about 6 to 24 hours of consuming an allergic food. The allergic reactions to a food may appear after long hours! It is essential to eliminate the foods from the diet known for triggering the signs and symptoms of eczema.

What Foods Trigger Eczema Flare-Ups?

To detect the particular food triggering eczema flare-ups, a person needs to add each food type into diet and monitor the condition of eczema. Monitoring the eczema condition for 4 to 6 weeks will help determine the sensitive foods. It is important to remove the foods from your diet that trigger eczema flare-ups. Some of the foods which trigger eczema flare-ups are:

Dairy products, Citrus fruits, Eggs, Wheat or Gluten, Soy, Spices like Cloves, Vanilla and Cinnamon, Tomatoes and some types of nuts can trigger eczema flare-ups.

Individuals of any age must avoid consuming these foods or any other related food product to avoid triggering the food allergic reactions such as eczema flare-ups.

People also develop dyshidrotic eczema which affects feet and hands. Such people can experience the benefits of avoiding eating foods with traces of nickel content. The foods with traces of nickel contents are beans, canned meat, black tea, chocolate, nuts, lentils, peas, shellfish, some seeds and soybeans. The foods with nickel contents trigger eczema flare-ups.

People with eczema flare-ups may have oral allergy syndrome or even sensitivity to birch pollen. In such condition, it is essential to avoid green apples, pears, carrot, celery, and hazelnuts. It is essential to stay away from the types of food triggering eczema flare-ups.

Eliminating the allergic foods which trigger eczema flare-ups and following the treatment measures will help to reduce the eczema flare ups including other signs and symptoms of the condition.


Allergic food or any specific type of food may not completely be the reason for triggering Eczema flare-ups! But bringing changes to the dietary plan and avoiding the offending food items will help to manage eczema and its flare-ups better. Before eliminating the allergic foods, consult a dermatologist to determine the particular reason. The doctor will suggest performing certain tests including skin testing, blood testing, diet elimination and food challenges to track down the eczema flare-up triggering food.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:February 29, 2020

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