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Skin in Health and Disease

By Stephen Gislason MD

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Skin Design
Skin Nutrition
Skin Care Products
Hives (Urticaria)
Contact Dermatitis
Aging Skin
Ultra Violet Radiation
Acne Rosacea
Dermatitis Herpetiformis
Skin Infection
Fungal Infections

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Eczema is a descriptive term that refers to itchy, red, thickening and scaling skin eruptions. Dermatology texts will list a number of conditions under the term eczema and the classification can be confusing. Itching is the dominant symptom and can be severe. 

Atopic dermatitis is the prototype of food allergic skin disease. This type of eczema often appears on the face as patches of reddish, scaling skin. As eczema worsens, the skin becomes itchier, red, thickened, grooved, and may blister, weep, and crack. The typical distribution of eczema is on the face, behind the ears, on the front of the elbows, the back of the knees, the hands, neck, and trunk.

We find it helpful to think in terms of the origin of the problem and classify eczema in a simple way; the skin condition is either allergic (immune -mediated) or something else is going on. If allergic, the triggers are either food or surface contact materials or both. Food allergy probably accounts for much eczema; the rest is external allergy-irritants, infection, and injury to the skin through vigorous itching.

 Solution >> Alpha Nutrition Program  Complete diet revision is essential to solve the problems of eczema, and chronic urticaria (hives) since many food antigens and food borne chemicals may be involved. There is no reliable test to identify them.
  • To solve eczema, consider doing the slow track on the Alpha Nutrition Program with the option of supportive medication for the first few weeks of recovery - antihistamines and optional prednisone if the problem is bad enough.

  • If the eczema triggers were in the food supply, the skin inflammation should diminish and then disappear.

  • Slow food reintroduction is then required to screen returning foods for allergic activity.

Learn More About Eczema

Introduction to Eczema
Eczema in Infants
Eczema In Children
Eczema as Food Allergy

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