38% of suffers are adults, usually with severe or persistent cases
Eczema can have a truly detrimental effect on your quality of life and can be difficult to treat. Currently, skin conditions account for 15% to 20% of a GP’s workload.
There are more than 10 different types of eczema. 15-20% of children are afflicted with it and 38% of sufferers are adults, usually with severe and persistent cases. Those who tend to develop eczema are categorised as being ‘atopic’ which means have an overactive immune system, causing their skin to easily become inflamed. Eczema can usually be managed with treatment and avoidance of triggers.
Typical eczema symptoms include:
Dry skin which becomes itchy and inflamed
Inflamed areas sometimes become blistered and weepy
Inflamed areas sometimes become infected
Eczema and Diet
Despite overwhelming evidence of an association between eczema and diet very few sufferers are tested for food intolerance by their doctors. Everyone is unique, so it is difficult to determine which foods, or combinations of foods, are responsible for each individual’s condition.
If you are concerned that you have eczema symptoms you should visit your GP to rule out any underlying medical conditions or allergic reactions.
If you are continuing to experience prolonged eczema symptoms which are recurring it may be a good opportunity to take a closer look at your diet.
As individuals, our reactions to foods and drinks we consume varies a great deal. An ingredient which may cause problems for one person could be completely acceptable for another. At YorkTest, we like to refer to this as our personal ‘food fingerprint’.
For those with eczema, discovering and understanding your own personal food and drink intolerances, and the effects they have on your health and wellbeing is important to ensure you make the best possible choices to optimise your diet and quality of life. Identifying and eliminating these specific foods from your diet can be an important step forward to reduce the inflammation of your skin.
The University of York conducted a survey* to help understand the benefits of elimination diets based on the results of a food intolerance test.
Out of the 183 who reported experiencing eczema, 83% reported an improvement having removed their ‘trigger’ foods. We define these as foods which show a positive IgG reaction to antibodies in the blood.
Overall in the study, 76% of people who rigorously followed the recommended diet reported a benefit, 68% of which experienced this after 3 weeks.
Main Condition Reported
% of people who reported a benefit
Low Energy e.g. Fatigue, Lethargy
Gastrointestinal e.g. IBS, Bloating etc
Respiratory e.g. Asthma, Sinusitis, Rhinitis
Neurological e.g. Migraine, Headaches, ME
Dermatological e.g. Eczema, Acne, Psoriasis
Musculoskeletal e.g. Arthritis, Joint Aches & Pains
Psychological e.g. Depression, Anxiety
Information provided above regarding Food Intolerance (defined by YorkTest as a food specific IgG reaction) is intended to provide nutritional advice for dietary optimisation. YorkTest do not claim to treat or cure the aforementioned symptoms and recommend that you discuss any medical concerns you have with a GP before undertaking a YorkTest programme.
*Survey carried out with a total of 5286 people who had taken the YorkTest – or to give it its scientific name - a food-specific IgG enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) blood test.