In eczema, an inflammatory process occurs in the body that is expressed in the skin. The skin may become red, dry and begin to itch. Here it is important to find and treat the underlying cause of the inflammation itself so that the eczema disappears completely.

The first step in curing eczema is to simply identify what is causing it. You may have a hum if there is any substance or food that you are potentially allergic to or hypersensitive to. Pollen, mites and certain foods such as lactose or gluten are common causes of inflammation in the body. These are easy to test with the help of a self-test if you do not want to visit a health center or have received in-depth help for just that purpose.

Gluten and food intolerances
When it comes to gluten, it is important to distinguish between a celiac disease and a hypersensitivity to gluten (which is often measured via a food intolerance test). Celiac disease is a serious disease that is often detected at a young age. You can on the other hand get a positive test result on a so-called IgG test for hypersensitivity / food intolerance to gluten, but without having celiac disease, which only affects a small part of the population. Furthermore, you can be hypersensitive to gluten but not to wheat and vice versa, ie. which means that you react to wheat but not to gluten. Gluten-free foods can thus cause problems for a person who reacts to wheat but not gluten.

But it is not just gluten, wheat and grains that can create inflammation in the body and lead to eczema. Because food intolerance can cause diffuse symptoms, skin problems are one of these problems that can occur. And since you can react to many different foods, it can sometimes be difficult to derive skin problems from the food we eat. It may also be the case that it is not always the food itself that is negative for the body, but that the body for some reason, for example, has difficulty breaking down that particular substance, which in turn has created a hypersensitivity reaction.

If you are considering testing yourself for any food intolerances, allergies or gluten, you can find more information about all of these tests here.

Intestinal dysbiosis and Leaky gut
Changes in the intestinal flora, such as unwelcome microbes or overgrowth of fungi, can play a major role in the onset of eczema as imbalances in the gut flora can create inflammation.

Leaky gut is another term that is often cited as a cause of inflammation and food intolerances. Leaking gut means that the intestinal mucosa is not completely intact and thus lets undigested particles into the body (where they should not be). The intestinal composition of microbes and the status of the intestine thus play an important role for our skin. We offer separate tests that analyze the possible presence of leaky gut, to analyze your gut microbiome as well as a larger gut health test that includes both of these parameters.

Deficiency in Omega-3 and Omega-6
Omega-3 and omega-6 are fatty acids that are important for our general mood and ensure that there is balance in the body. Omega-3 has anti-inflammatory properties and omega-6 has pro-inflammatory properties, where both fatty acids need to prevail in balance. Indirectly, these can affect eczema, this as a disturbance in the balance of these fatty acids can drive an inflammatory process in the body.

The ration for a healthy balance between these fatty acids is 1: 4, meaning that there should be four times as much omega-6 in relation to omega-3. The balance between these is something that can unfortunately be quickly upset with a poor diet, so it is of utmost importance to get good fats and review their levels of the various fatty acids from time to time to maintain a good balance. It is especially common for omega-6 to become predominant, which in turn can increase inflammation in the body.

Here you will find our Polyunsaturated fats test.

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