​Is there a Connection between Gluten and Eczema?

Is there a Connection between Gluten and Eczema?

Examining the diet of an eczema patient is an ‘inside out’ approach to understanding and hopefully controlling the condition. The typical American diet is heavy in breads and pastas that contain a heavy dose of gluten.

Gluten is a sticky component of wheat that is difficult to digest as it travels through the digestive system. Over the past decade, more and more gluten is being included in the production of bread and pasta. The build-up of gluten in a person’s stomach, especially one who is not eating enough fruits and vegetables, can lead to constipation, gut inflammation, and bloating. Coupling gut problems along with the lack of absorption of ‘good’ nutrients, the body’s immune system will suffer and could result in an eczema flare up.

The question remains, does gluten cause eczema? Not exactly, however, it is worth noting that patients suffering from celiac disease (sensitivity to gluten) are three times more likely to show symptoms of eczema. Further, relatives of those with celiac disease are two times more likely to have eczema, which can show a genetic link between the two conditions.

Eliminating gluten from your diet for a few weeks might help to identify if an allergy or sensitivity to gluten is your cause of eczema. Gluten is a hidden ingredient in a lot of products, so it takes some diligence to follow a gluten free diet, but the payoff could be worth it.   

Many children and adults suffering from eczema report a decrease in eczema symptoms after eliminating gluten from their diet.  Gluten/Wheat is one of the top 8 food allergies.  Remove gluten for at least 2 weeks.  If you see eczema symptoms improving you will know gluten may be an eczema trigger for you.  If you reintroduce it into your diet and you experience an eczema flare, chances are you have a gluten sensitivity.

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