Sunday, July 24, 2011

Yeast and Eczema

What causes eczema?

There are five intolerances that are believed to be the main culprits behind eczema:

Casein or Lactose (dairy)
Gluten (wheat, barley, oats, rye, spelt)
Sugar or Fructose
Other Food Allergy

While we know that casein, gluten, and other food allergies contribute to Bee's allergies.  No doctor has yet mentioned yeast or sugar.  After talking with some other parents and doing some brief research, I've decided that we will try cutting back on both yeast and sugar in Bee's diets. 

An overgrowth of yeast can contribute to eczema outbreaks.  When I spoke with a local naturopath, his first recommendation for Bee was to begin a yeast-free diet and avoid sugars.  This seems to make sense because Bee has battled multiple topical yeast infections in addition to her eczema.  Many times I've felt her "eczema patches" were actually a yeast infection.  No amount of steroid cream would keep them clear.  Only an anti-fungal cleared up her skin.  I definitely believe in the connection. 

Yet another thing to try.......

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