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What causes itchy skin?
Dry, itchy inflamed skin can make life a complete misery. A key cause could be eczema. Disturbingly, eczema can’t yet be cured, but approximately a quarter of people in the UK have one form of skin condition or another that could be alleviated by medical care.
Anyone with eczema, asthma or hayfever is classed as being atopic with an immune system that is overactive and skin that is prone to inflammation. Eczema and itchy skin can be managed, but you can also avoid things that trigger it. Doctors rarely test sufferers for food intolerance, which is strange, considering there is strong evidence that links itchy skin and eczema with food intolerances. The difficulty with a food intolerance though is pinpointing precisely what is triggering a person’s itchy skin condition as it is often not simply one food, but a combination of food types that can be the problem.
An elimination diet involves omitting a particular food type for several weeks to see if symptoms improve. If there is no improvement, you then have to try eliminating a different food type. The process is long and slow enough just to discover single problem foods. Identifying the exact combinations of different food types that cause your skin to itch is virtually impossible.
N.B. Information about the potential symptoms of food intolerance is provided here to inform those seeking advice from Nutritional Therapists, Health Practitioners or Medical Professionals. The presence of this information should not in any way be misconstrued to imply that YorkTest Programmes have been proven to be efficacious in treating these symptoms.
A survey, commissioned by Allergy UK was carried out with 5286 people reporting a wide range of chronic medical conditions, who had taken the YorkTest – or to give it its scientific name - a food-specific IgG enzyme-linked immunosorbant assay (ELISA) blood test.
Main Medical Condition Reported
% of People Who Reported Moderate to High Benefit
e.g. IBS, Bloating etc
e.g. Asthma, Breathing Difficulties, Rhinitis
e.g. Migraine, Headaches
e.g. Eczema, Acne, Psoriasis
e.g. Arthritis, Rheumatism
e.g. Depression, ADHD, Panic Attacks
e.g. Lethargy, General Feeling of Malaise
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