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Gut health being related to your eczema

I’ve been doing some research about what causes eczema, and a few sites said they had found a promising correlation in the imbalance of your gut causing eczema or eczema flare ups. Just wondering how common it is to have an imbalance in your gut and it being related to eczema…and if you do have an imbalance in your gut, how you knew about it and treat it? I would be grateful for some advice on this topic! Thank you

  1. - Thanks for sharing! Again, I don't know of any hard stats on the correlation between gut health and eczema, however, intuition tells me that, for me, there is. I have changed my diet so drastically in the last few months that it has noticeably benefitted my skin. However, I have also noticed that if I even slightly deviate from eating clean, the flares are much more aggressive. I hope this helps a bit. Pete (AtopicDermatitis.net Team Member)

    1. I'm not sure of any statistics on the actual correlation between the two, but I do know it is a commonly talked about concept in much of the natural health world, especially in the recent years. I know for me personally, it is related to a point, because I do have celiac disease, so I have always struggled with gut issues and that's my "weak spot" so to speak. However, I have tried all sorts of dietary changes and eliminations, etc. and none ever seemed to make a difference with my skin. I do have to make sure I adhere to a gluten free diet and eat healthy overall, but as for any specific dietary changes, none have seemed to help me personally.

      Some say about 70% of our immune cells reside in the gut, in which case it makes sense there's a correlation, but as with anything else, I think it's highly individual. When I spoke to my TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) practitioner about the concept, she did agree it's part of it, but that it's much more complex than that and only focusing on the gut is again focusing on just one part of the body, instead of the entire body as a system.

      That said, there are many newer tests (such as GI map stool test, among others) that can be done with a holistic doctor or nutritionist to try to find out if there is a correlation. Of course, naturopaths and all of these tests typically aren't covered by insurance and are quite pricey, so it isn't always easy for everyone to have access. But I'd think that would be the way to go if you wanted to try that avenue. Or you could always start small yourself and if you don't already take one, maybe add a good probiotic to your regimen and see if it makes any difference. Of course, always consult with your doctor or team before adding anything new. You can also type "gut", or anything related into the search bar on this site to see more of other's experiences, but hopefully we have a few more chime in here too. 😀 -Nina (AtopicDermatitis.net Team Member)

      1. I definitely have gut dysbiosis and believe it plays a big role in my eczema. When my gut flares up so does my skin. My eczema was first triggered from exposure to a moldy house. Mold is still a very big trigger for me. However my gut issues have been there even longer than this and I haven’t found a solution so far. The best I can do to manage my gut is to avoid the things which aggravate my gut the most. I do wonder whether FMT (fecal microbial transplant) might help my skin as well as my gut.


        Hopefully others will share there thoughts and advice on the topic.

        1. thank you for sharing! I believe mold is a much bigger issue than most people realize as well, and I know I've spoken with you before on here as I was interested in your story and how it started for you, so thank you again for sharing it with me. 😀

          I actually do not know much about FMT, though I've heard of it, so now I am off to google for a bit LOL - thank you for bringing it up. - Nina (AtopicDermatitis.net Team Member)

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