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

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

Researchers in the journal Nutrients state 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 pets, appropriate diet, and the consumption of prebiotics and probiotics. The same authors note that leaky gut is associated with food allergies, and food allergies are known triggers of eczema.

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  • Omega 3 fatty acids – reduce skin inflammation and 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 directed by their healthcare provider. It should be noted that some people with eczema also benefit from gamma linoleic acid (GLA) in addition to omega 3 supplementation.
  • Multivitamin – supplies several of the vitamins and minerals involved in skin health.
  • Vitamin D – plays a role in controlling skin inflammation. Have your blood levels tested 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 comprehensive food allergy and sensitivity testing at our clinic as well as gut permeability testing. For nutrients we test vitamin D and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids due to their connection to eczema.

Dr. Mark Stengler NMD is a bestselling author in private practice in Encinitas, California, at the
Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine. His weekly newsletter Dr. Stengler’s Health
Breakthroughs, is available at

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