While the exact cause of eczema and psoriasis is not known, there are many factors that can make the symptoms worse, diet being one of them. If you have eczema or psoriasis there are certain foods that can cause flare ups. Both conditions are extremely uncomfortable and can be embarrassing for some, but there are a number of things that an individual can do to help reduce these symptoms.
What is the difference between eczema and psoriasis? Eczema is a skin condition which causes rough and inflamed patches of skin. With eczema, the skin is usually itchy and can sometimes crack and blister. Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes the skin to regenerate every 3-4 days (normally this takes about a month). The rapid regeneration of skin sells causes a buildup of cells that causes scaling on the skins surface. Inflammation, itchiness, and redness are also symptoms.
Here are some foods that make eczema and psoriasis worse:
- Red Meat: Red meat is high in saturated fat and saturated fat can increase inflammation in your body. Try to limit or even eliminate foods that are high in saturated fat, including foods like butter and cheese.
- Gluten: Some people with eczema and psoriasis have found that by removing or limiting gluten in their diet their flare-ups have decreased. Gluten is a protein found in processed foods such as bread, pasta, and cereal, just to name a few.
- Alcohol: Beer and red wine are also triggers to inflammation. Moderation is the key to avoiding a massive flare-up. If you do drink alcohol, try to eliminate the amount you drink as well as the frequency that you drink.
- Eggplant: This one may seem strange, but eggplants are among a group of vegetables called nightshade vegetables. Studies have shown that people who experience bad eczema flare-ups have tried an elimination diet that removed night shade vegetables. These people did experience success in reducing their flare-ups. Some other vegetables that are in the nightshade category are tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes.
- Dairy: Full fat milks and cheese as well as yogurt, ice cream, and chocolate, can contain a protein called casein that is difficult for the digestive tract to process. Casein has been found to increase inflammation.
There are many dietary modifications that you can make, that can help keep your eczema and psoriasis flare-ups to a minimum. Try to limit the foods listed above and try to add foods that are high in Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin C, and vitamin E. If you have any questions or would like further information, please call our office to schedule your appointment.
Disclaimer: This blog provides general information and discussion about medical, cosmetic, mohs, and surgical dermatology. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed dermatologist or other health care worker.