How long do you wait for someone to grow out of eczema? How long do you need to wait before investigating any food triggers? How long do you watch your child suffering with eczema.
I have just had a letter from a local paediatrician who wrote, “I have explained to her mother that most children with eczema do not have exacerbations related to food allergy.” He went on to advise the child to eat everything and treat the damaged skin with steroid creams. The answer to “How long to grow out of eczema?” depends on how you treat the underlying conditions.
This child is an 8-year-old girl who has had significant eczema for the last 5 years. Yes, she has had 5 years of bad, itchy, bleeding eczema and for 5 years her doctor keeps saying that she will grow out of it. Apparently, says the girl’s mother, he is skeptical of any food-related or gluten-related issue related to eczema He continues to prescribe strong steroid creams with no sign of getting better.
Well I totally disagree with this GP. I also totally disagree with the other paediatrician. In my experience, foods usually do precipitate ongoing eczema.
If these doctors never consider food as a cause, or aggravating factor, then they will never see the benefit of dietary changes, and they will never learn how to cure eczema. And they will destine all of their eczema patients to a lifetime of steroid creams and misery.
How long to grow out of eczema?
If you find the excess triggers, you do not have to wait to out-grow it. You can fix it immediately! I have found that foods are the trigger in 80% of people with severe, ongoing eczema. In the first few years of life the common cupric foods are daily, eggs, nuts, soy and wheat. In the later years the usually food intolerance is gluten.
So what will I do for this 8-year-old? I will do the appropriate tests (skin prick tests and blood tests) and work out what foods might be causing the problem. It is a pity she has had to wait so long for some sort of investigation. I won’t be waiting until she just grows out of it – it would have been a very long wait.
By the way I often get asked: Dermatitis vs. Eczema: what are the differences?
The questions go like this:
“Explaining dermatitis as a rash would be helpful.”
“I don’t know the difference between dermatitis and eczema so I assume you are expecting us to have paid a visit to a doctor.”
“The questions on dermatitis, eczema, dry and itchy skin, I would like more information to help me answer these.”
These terms are interchangeable. “Dermatitis” and “Eczema” are the names of skin conditions, whilst the “dryness, itchy, redness” are the symptoms of these conditions. Many of these skin conditions, especially in children are driven by foods.
The idea behind the questions is to see if there are significant ongoing skin troubles. If so, then it is worthwhile looking to see if a food intolerance or allergy could be the trigger/ provoking factor.
Dermatitis vs. Eczema: what are the differences? They are really the different words for the same condition.
By Rodney Ford