It seems food allergies may be the effect, rather than the cause, of eczema.
Scientists have long believed that food allergies in the gut trigger eczema in the skin. However, a new analysis in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology suggests that eczema is allowing food allergens to enter the body via broken skin and triggering food allergies, thus reversing the cause-and-effect chain.
Children with eczema are six times more likely to develop a food allergy than children free of the troublesome skin condition. Egg whites, peanuts and cow’s milk are the most common offenders.
The skin surface protects the body from bacteria, chemicals and allergens. It is becoming increasingly understood that it is important to keep eczema-affected skin protected from penetration by bacteria and other substances. Allergens that penetrate the skin can alert immune cells in the skin, which then set off various allergic reactions.
A proprietary product, Silver Serum, has been developed to overlay weak and broken eczema-affected skin with an antibacterial film. It is suitable for both adults and children.