Our expert says:
I can imagine that you must be desperate. You can certainly ask any medical doctors (your gp or the Dermatologist) to send you for allergy tests to determine what range of allergens you may be allergic to. By range of allergens I mean broad groups like: food or chemicals or cosmetics or grasses and pollen or animal hairs or house mites, etc. If your eczema is in any way related to food, then it is important to first determine which foods are implicated to prevent you cutting out whole essential food groups unnecessarily and then developing deficiencies. I would firstly recommend that you have the allergy tests done and if foods are implicated then consult a registered dietitian to help you apply the elimination diet to pinpoint which foods are the culprits and which compound or processed foods you will need to avoid because they contain the allergens. In addition the dietitian will have to help you compile an individual diet prescription so that you do not develop deficiencies if you have to cut out certain foods.
Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. You can also contact the Allergy Association by visiting their Website at: www.allallergy.net to find out more about allergies and their possible relationship with eczema.
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