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Eczema is an Indicator of Other Health Issues

We have all heard the saying ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’. Well when it comes to our skin (the proverbial book’s cover,) it speaks volumes about what is going on within the 50-100 trillion cells that comprise the body. Eczema is one of the first signs of allergy during the early days of life. This common inflammatory skin disorder often begins in early childhood and may persist into adult life. According to the American Academy of Dermatologists, it affects between 10 to 20 percent of all infants, but almost half of these kids will grow out of eczema between the ages of 5 and 15.

In my clinical practice, we routinely perform an IgG food sensitivity test to rule out potential food intolerances that may be triggering the immune response that leads to eczema. In addition, I routinely recommend zinc, omega 3 fatty acids and a good probiotic (friendly bacteria).

When I came across yet another piece of research showing the impact of probiotics on health skin and allergic reactions, I was thrilled. This latest study was conducted by Dr. SV Gerasimov, MD, PhD from the Department of Pediatrics, Lviv National Medical University.

You need friendly bacteria in your GI tract for a healthy assimilation of nutrients. Yet, equally important is the fact that our GI tract is the interface between the outside world and our well-ordered inner world. Thus, it is essential to have adequate “friendly good neighbors” (as I call them for my patients) in your GI tract. It is literally like a neighborhood watch team that helps keep potential unwelcomed visitors from taking over the neighborhood and in the case of Eczema, triggering allergic and inflammatory reactions.

Once again, zinc and EFAs from fish oil are additional considerations that I use in my practice; but checking with your own doctor is always important.


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