Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is an inherited, chronic inflammatory skin condition that usually appears in early childhood. Patches of skin become red, scaly and itchy. Sometimes, tiny blisters containing clear fluid can form and the affected areas of skin can weep. Eczema can vary in severity and symptoms may flare up or subside from day to day. It is important to avoid skin irritants, such as soap, hot water and synthetic fabrics. Children with eczema have a higher risk of developing food allergies, asthma and hay fever later in childhood. Further, skin affected by eczema is more vulnerable to infections such as impetigo, cold sores and warts.
Many sufferers, and parents of children with the condition, are searching for more natural alternatives to pharmaceutical medications, some of which can cause negative side-effects when used long-term. It has been shown that supplementing your diet with certain nutrients may prove effective in treating eczema, including the following supplements: