Eczema Food Triggers to avoid

A food allergy happens when our immune system attacks a food protein which has been eaten. This process releases chemicals that cause an allergic reaction that for eczema sufferers makes our skin itch.

The obvious way to stop this is to avoid foods that you are allergic to (triggers) . Below is a list of foods that I’ve learnt trigger eczema.

Foods to avoid:


milk, cheese, yogurts, butter, margarine, mayonnaise, cream, ice cream, cream filled biscuits, milkshakes or anything with dairy in it – Eggs are also known to be a trigger.

Food with high sugar content

including chocolate, chocolate bars, sweets, flapjacks, biscuits, cakes, jam or chewing gum

Artificial Colours , Artificial Flavourings and Monosodium Glutamate

These are found in most things already listed above but are also found in surprising things like:

Gravy, icing, flavoured noodles, cereal bars & crisps (apart from some ready salted)

Fizzy drinks, flavoured water, cordials, beer and alcohol pops

Processed food

Should be highly avoided this includes – processed meats (sausages, cheep ham etc) or ready meals. This also includes Takeaways – Pizza, Chinese’s, KFC, McDonald’s any other Fast Food


Foods high in concentrations of citrus are also known to be a triggers in some people, this particularly includes: Oranges, strawberries and raspberries

External items to avoid:

Perfume, deodorants, fake tan, make up, shampoos and non medical soaps

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