Eczema and Food Additives - New Information on Patch Testing.

Food & Eczema – Patch Testing with Food Additives

It’s tempting to blame food additives for eczema breakouts, and though a recent study shows that the relationship is still unclear, there is some evidence that additives may be more than just a scape goat. One particular additive -- carmine, found in items like gumdrops, salami, and sausage -- does appear to play a role in eczema flare-ups.

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34 children with atopic eczema were enrolled in the study along with 33 healthy children. The atopic eczema group did have significantly higher patch tests (41%) than the 15.2% of the control group.

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The study was conducted by the Departments of Pediatrics and Pediatric Allergy and Immunology in Ankara, Turkey, and was designed to determine delayed-type hypersensitivity reactions to foods and aeroallergens. This was the first study of its kind. We hope to see more testing in the future.

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