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Finding the source of Eczema flare-up

I have eczema and it got particularly bad and embarrassing on the back of my hand. I went on a 21 day Daniel Fast (basically vegan). Within a week or so the eczema was completely gone. Previous to this there was no OTC or prescription ointment or cream that worked at all. Now that I am off the fast it is quickly coming back. How can I figure out the source of what I feel is likely a food allergy?

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  • K8sMom2002

    Hi, Rebecca, welcome, and hugs on the eczema! I'm glad that you found some relief after such a frustrating time. Have you thought about seeing a board-certified allergist?

    Have you experienced any other symptoms of a food allergy after eating a food? Hives? Swelling of the lips, tongue or throat? Shortness of breath, trouble breathing, or wheezing? Stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea? Feeling like something awful is about to happen? That last is a symptom that frequently occurs along with other symptoms during a severe allergic reaction.

    Could you talk with your doctor about introducing one food back in at a time? And about ?

    AAFA's Kids With Food Allergies (AAFA's food allergy division) has some great resources about food allergies:

    On the eczema itself, you said you'd tried several different OTC and prescription meds. What other things have you tried for your eczema? 

  • Melissa G

    Hi Rebecca, welcome to the AAFA forums! 

    Eczema is certainly frustrating. Cynthia gave you some excellent resources. Have you contacted your dr about the eczema clearing then flaring again?