Food and Atopic Dermatitis
You’ve been told that food can trigger atopic dermatitis, but how much of an effect does diet really have? See what the experts say about food and atopic dermatitis.
It is possible to have both food allergies and atopic dermatitis.1-3 Some of the more common food allergens that can trigger a flare-up include milk and milk products, eggs, soy, wheat, seafood and shellfish.2,3
However, atopic dermatitis is a complex disease and flare-ups can be triggered by many different things. There are some people with atopic dermatitis who have no food allergies at all.1-3 So while certain foods can trigger flare-ups in some people, not all flare-ups are caused by food.
If you notice that you get flare-ups after eating one particular kind of food, don’t just take that food out of your diet.1-4 Food contains important nutrients and avoiding certain foods can lead to malnutrition.1-4
Consult a health care professional who can perform tests to confirm if you do have allergies to certain foods.1,4 Doctors can help you find out if your food allergies are contributing to your atopic dermatitis flare-ups, or if there are other factors that need to be taken into consideration.1-4
These are a few common thoughts among people with atopic dermatitis. Do they sound familiar?
In general, recommendations for a healthy diet for the general public hold true for people with atopic dermatitis. Being overweight or obese has been linked to a higher risk of the disease, so maintaining a healthy body weight may be of potential benefit.5
Some foods, like dairy products, simple carbohydrates and processed foods seem to contribute to inflammation in some people, so it might be a good idea to eat less of these types of food.5 This means choosing a diet rich in whole foods, more fresh vegetables, lean sources of proteins and good fats.4
The best advice is to discuss nutrition with your doctor. Your doctor can help you identify food allergies, recommend a diet that fits your lifestyle and culture, make sure you are getting enough nutrients, and guide you on how to best manage atopic dermatitis.
MAT-MY-2100608 | 05/2021