Eczema and Your Skin by Dr. CAROLINE LONGMORE

Dermatitis is a general term for any type of inflammation of the skin. Types of dermatitis include atopic dermatitis, nummular dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, irritant contact dermatitis, and allergic contact dermatitis.

The distinction between the use of dermatitis and eczema to describe skin disorders can be confusing. Often, the terms are used interchangeably, although many people use the term eczema to refer specifically to atopic dermatitis.

The inflammation of the skin that accompanies dermatitis (eczema) produces scaling, flaking, thickening, weeping, crusting, colour changes, and itching.

Several underlying problems can lead to chronic eczema:

  • Hypochlorhydria (low level of hydrochloric acid in the stomach)
  • Leaky gut syndrome in which the intestines become porous and allow tiny particles of indigested food to enter the bloodstream, provoking allergic reactions
  • Candidiasis (an overgrowth of yeast in the system)
  • Food allergies
  • Weakness in the enzyme delta-6-desaturase (which convert essential fatty acid into anti-inflammatory prostaglandins
  • Stress

Many cases of dermatitis are simply the results of allergies. This type of condition is called allergic contact dermatitis. Skin inflammation maybe linked to contact with perfumes, cosmetic, rubber, medicated creams, ointments, latex, plants, etc…

Some people with dermatitis are sensitive to sunlight. Whatever the irritant, if the skin remains in constant contact with it, the dermatitis is likely to spread and become more severe.

Stress, chronic tension, can cause or exacerbate dermatitis.

Atopic dermatitis (AD, also known as atopic eczema or, (in children, infantile eczema) is a condition known to affect allergy-prone individuals.

It typically appears on the face, in the bends of the elbows, and behind the knees, and is very itchy.

In children, it usually appears in the first year of life, and almost always in the first five years (half of the infants who have this condition get better by the age of 18 months)

Triggers vary from person to person, but cold weather, hot weather, dry atmosphere, exposure to allergens, stress, infections such as cold.

If other family members have histories of hay fever, asthma, or atopic dermatitis, it is more likely that a child will be diagnosed with AD.


  • Add Brown rice and millet to your diet
  • Try a gluten free diet for 6 weeks.
  • Do a food allergy test
  • Avoid sugar, peanut, soy foods, fats, fried and process food
  • Minimise eggs, wheat, dairies products, strawberries, chocolate, white flour.
  • Incorporate into your diet all vegetables, fruit, rice, millet, buckwheat and quinoa, beans and lentils Fresh unprocessed, unsmoked meats and fish.
  • Minimise potatoes, tomatoes and sweet corn, oat, rye and barley,
  • Try to keep your house well humidified
  • Showers and baths deplete the skin of its natural oil, don’t use water too hot, bubbles bath or similar who can irritate the skin.
  • Don’t soak too long, if you have to use soap use a mild one
  • When you finish your bath or shower make sure you pat the excess water rather than rub dry. Apply plenty of hydrating lotion/cream to hold the moisture (Avoid any products with alcohol, synthetic fragrance or lanolin)
  • Massage skin with tea tree oil antiseptic cream into the skin after contact with water or irritants
  • Because eczema is a dry condition, you need to keep your skin moist


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