What Foods to Avoid If You Have Eczema | LIVESTRONG.COM

Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is a chronic inflammatory condition that causes rashes, dry patches and/or flaky areas on your skin. Eczema may affect you at anytime, though symptoms are most prevalent in infants and children, according to MayoClinic.com. Eczema may coexist with other conditions, such as allergies, asthma or hay fever. In addition to proper skin care, topical ointments and avoiding allergens, a nutritious diet, limited in particular foods, may improve your symptoms.

Saturated Fat

Saturated fat is a fat form found primarily in animal-derived foods that, when consumed in excess, increase your risk for cholesterol problems and heart disease. Saturated fat may also trigger or exacerbate inflammation associated with eczema, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Foods particularly high in saturated fat include organ meats, bacon, sausage, hot dogs, porterhouse and top sirloin steak, poultry fat, deep-fried foods, butter, egg yolks, whole milk and whole milk products, such as high-fat cheeses, sour cream, milk chocolate and ice cream. Avoid fried meats, which often contribute dual sources of saturated fat, and trim visible fat away from steak and other meats for heightened benefits.

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