The eczema-allergy connection

The eczema-allergy connection

Eczema is a general term for inflammation or irritation of the skin, and it’s one of the most common allergy-related conditions we see in the clinic.

The most prevalent type of eczema is atopic eczema (or atopic dermatitis), a chronic skin condition that’s inherited and usually results in itchy, red, swollen, and cracked skin.

The link between eczema and allergies

People who suffer from atopic eczema may be predisposed to developing other allergic conditions such as asthma and hay fever (also referred to as the atopic ‘triad’ of symptoms). Usually, eczema presents first, in the early stages of childhood, and asthma and hay fever develop later on. However, for some, eczema symptoms may start later in life, often triggered by a stressful event or illness.

The relationship between these three allergic conditions is a little complicated, but research has found some interesting links:

  • Genetics - studies have shown that people with eczema lack a skin protein called filaggrin, which weakens the skin barrier and makes it more susceptible to irritants and environmental allergens.
  • Immunoglobulin E (IgE) - people who suffer from atopic conditions are said to produce higher levels of IgE, antibodies that play an essential role in the body’s immune system.
  • Skin barrier - studies have shown that eczema suffers have small holes in their skin barrier, which may allow allergens easily penetrate the body. Manage eczema flare ups

In cases where eczema symptoms appeared at birth or shortly after introducing solids, food is often the major trigger. Watch out for:

  • sugars
  • wheat
  • dairy
  • salicylates (a natural chemical found in many fruits and veggies, such as citrus fruits, berries and capsicum)
  • amines (a natural chemical found in many aged foods, such as cheese, wine and chocolate)
  • yeast (which can naturally grow on the skin of fruit, and is added to many processed foods)

Eczema symptoms may also be triggered by airborne substances, especially when other respiratory symptoms - such as hay fever or asthma - are present. Common airborne triggers include:

  • dust mites (look out for sneezing and itching first thing in the morning)
  • moulds (particularly prevalent during warm, damp seasons)
  • pollens (especially during spring)

Because of the eczema-allergy connection, it makes sense to avoid allergy triggers to help manage the symptoms. Although, when multiple food and airborne triggers are present, avoiding all triggers can become almost impossible.

Our natural eczema treatment, Positive Association Technique (PAT), provides another option to help manage eczema-related symptoms, by minimising the reactions to those triggers.

Do you suffer from eczema? Discover our natural allergy treatment!

Positive Association Technique (PAT) is a natural allergy treatment that is completely pain-free and non invasive.

PAT is a non-invasive, holistic therapy, which:

  • draws on acupressure and kinesiology techniques
  • aims to re-train your body
  • may reduce your reactions to substances that may be causing or exacerbating your allergy symptoms.

Some cases can be complex, so our naturopaths may also recommend supplements, herbs, and lifestyle advice to help you achieve the best long-term results.

This blog is intended as general information only. PAT cannot diagnose or cure allergies – it is intended to decrease reactions and help manage symptoms. It is not intended to raise unrealistic expectations. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.

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