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.
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.
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.
To view this study visit: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/25873103/