Treatment with topical steroids can help both eczema and psoriasis, but after that, the treatments are quite different. Treatment options have progressed immensely in the past few years and staying up to date on the different options is crucial for optimal outcomes. Like other chronic skin conditions, diet and lifestyle can play a big role in these skin conditions.
For eczema (or atopic dermatitis), most people report improvement after adding vegetables, fish oil and organic foods to their diet, and restricting processed foods, gluten, white flour, and nightshades. Making these changes isn’t always easy, and further testing can help narrow down some of the triggers for eczema. Doing IgG food sensitivity testing may help determine some of the dietary allergens causing your condition. In addition to skin, many people with eczema suffer from gut issues. The most common food-induced flaring foods are milk, soy, wheat, peanuts, shellfish, and eggs. Adding supplements like L-histidine and the right probiotic can also help.
We know that patients with psoriasis are at increased risk for increased heart disease, stroke and metabolic syndrome. This is because psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory condition which affects the whole body. Improving this condition involves skincare, medications, diet ,and lifestyle. Weight loss is important for those who are over their ideal weight. Some things that have been shown to improve psoriasis include reducing alcohol intake and red meat, reducing simple sugars, reducing nightshades, adding fish oil/omega 3s, adding vegetables and taking vitamin D and zinc. A gluten-free diet can benefit patients that have antibodies to gliadin. Psoriasis is more common in patients with celiac disease, a condition that we can test for with a simple blood test. We have all these resources for you.
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