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Eczema & Gut Connection

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is characterized by dry and itchy skin. There are different forms of eczema, and it can affect people of all ages. Up to 25% of children as well as 10% of adults in the U.S. have some degree of eczema.

There are several known causes of eczema including genetics, climate (usually worse cold and moist conditions), stress, pollution, and tobacco smoke. Additional triggers addressed by holistic doctors include environmental allergens, diet, nutritional deficiencies, and gut health. The role of food sensitivities plays a certain role for many individuals with eczema. Moreover, there is a direct connection with food sensitivities and gut health. And essential fatty acids, particularly omega 3, are often low or deficient for those with eczema. Essential fatty acids not only lower skin inflammation but play a role in preserving moisture.

Researchers in the journal Nutrients say that the health and development of the microbiome and risk of allergy is influenced early in life during the prenatal period and first two years of life with natural birth, breastfeeding, contact with nature and animals, proper diet, and the consumption of prebiotics and probiotics. The same writers state that leaky gut is linked to food allergies, and food allergies are known triggers of eczema.

Leading Treatments

  • Omega 3 fatty acids-- minimize skin inflammation and also help maintain skin hydration. Adults take 1000 mg of EPA and DHA combined twice daily. Children should take a quarter to half that amount as instructed by their doctor. It should be mentioned that some individuals with eczema also benefit from gamma linoleic acid (GLA) in addition to omega 3 supplements.
  • Multivitamin-- supplies many of the vitamins and minerals associated with skin health.
  • Vitamin D-- plays a role in controlling skin inflammation. Have your blood levels checked and supplemented if low.
  • Prebiotics and probiotics to balance the microbiome. Studies show that one should take probiotics for at least 8 weeks before assessing efficacy.


We offer extensive food allergy and sensitivity testing at our facility as well as gut permeability testing. For nutrients we test vitamin D and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids because of their link to eczema.