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I saw a nutritionist and I went on a pure vegetarian diet for a month and that made a drastic difference. However it's hard for me to get used to that lifestyle and as soon as I turned back to eating "normally" i started getting flare ups.

I think hot showers is one of the catalysts for me and at the same time a temporary way of soothing when I get irritations.

i was given a cream from a dermatologist and it works great for areas but overall i can never be 100%. It really sucks.

I believe stress is a major cause as well. I get flare ups if I'm overly stressed.
 

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I've had eczema flare ups deemed "medical emergency" by my dermatologist. Really REALLY nasty ...
I have noticed that sugar & nuts seem to aggrivate it, although I'm not allergic according to the scratch test.
2 diff homeopaths weighed in on food triggers: one swore dairy was the culprit - I love dairy & just refuse to give it up, saying as 80% of the time I'm basically fine.
The other suggested yeast was the problem and after taking acidophilous tablets for a week I definately noticed a difference - my hands were (for once) completely clear!

Hope that's helpful : )
 

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Parctical self help and good diet for eczema.
* Certain foods may aggravate eczema. Potential problem items may include:
* Wheat (which may be in thickening agents and sauces, as well as the more obvious bread and pasta).
* Convenience foods that include food colourings, additives and preservatives.
* Potatoes and other foods that belong to the nightshade family, including tomatoes, aubergines and green peppers.
You can get more useful diet tips for eczema by checking this link:
http://www.skincare09.com/articals.php?topid=44
 

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I think my excema on my hands was triggered by using harsh detergents. I had a temporary job in a culinary field where I was constantly cleaning and sanitizing my equipment. Even after leaving this job, I still suffer, but not as bad. My hands crack, itch, and just plain hurt! They are embarrassing and I often try to hide them. I think I always had the tendency to get this because I have always had issues with my elbows, but now my hands are a major problem. I got some cream from a doctor and it has helped, but not completely. As for trying an "elimination" diet, I don't think I have the patience! On another one of these threads, someone suggested Noxema--using it like cream and not washing it off. (Apparantly, according to this person who posted, it was originally developed for this purpose! see the name"no xcema") I haven't tried it yet but I plan on buying some tomorrow and giving it a whirl.
 

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One thing I find that really flares up my eczema is chili/spicy foods. As soon as I start eating those the eczema returns.
 

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Hi there, Constantin here.

Eczema is triggered by an overheated and polluted body.

Relaxation is key to calm the inner fire. Have a relaxing bath - nurture yourself. Meditate if you'd like.

About diet: What vegan foods basically do is calming the inner fire. Sugar on the other hand feeds the fire. I agree to drastically reduce the intake of sugar - as should everyone who suffers from skin issues.

Replace candy with nuts and drink water instead of coke.

I don't believe you have to be a vegan. Just stay away from lowquality foods, and visit the toilet often (I know this is a bit taboo, but it is essential for clear skin that you visit the toilet at least once a day - if you don't then eat lighter foods).

Hope this helps
 
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