Eczema is a general term for chronic skin inflammation and irritation that can be caused by several factors including an allergic reaction to pollens, dust, the sun, dry air, or other environmental factors. Symptoms of eczema might be accelerated by stress and anxiety’. If the condition is localised on the face it might be caused by cosmetics. If the skin disorder is only on the hands it might be caused by exposure to chemical irritants. Eczema is also called atopic dermatitis, atopic eczema, or eczematous dermatitis. The skin is red with blisters and scales. Damaged areas of the skin harden and darken. An individual with eczema often suffers itching and the skin might burn or ache and red rashes or dry spots can develop.
A deficiency of linoleic acid produces eczematous patches on the skin, as does inadequate vitamin B2, biotin, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, vitamin A, and zinc. However, inclusion of these nutrients in the hair diet will help only if the eczema is caused by a nutrient deficiency.
When food allergies are the cause, appropriate steps can be taken to eliminate the offending foods. Foods that most often cause allergic reactions include wrheat, corn, milk, chocolate, oranges, nuts, strawberries and shellfish.