Dairy Intolerance and Eczema

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Diary intolerance is one of the most common food-related triggers for eczema, according to Talk Eczema. Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes dry, cracked and itchy skin that commonly appears behind the elbows and the back of the legs. Eczema is a hypersensitivity of the skin that has various triggers, such as heat, foods and environmental factors. A patient with eczema needs to remain under a doctor’s care for the best treatment and prevention options.

About Eczema

Eczema is a skin condition that produces welts and small blisters on the skin along with inflammation. If scratched, the eczema rash can spread and crack open, leaving the blisters weeping. Eczema is commonly found in infants and is most likely outgrown by adulthood. Children with eczema typically have parents that suffer from allergies or asthma, according to MedlinePlus. Identify eczema triggers and avoid those triggers to manage the condition.

About Dairy Intolerance

Dairy intolerance is an intolerance to the sugar found in cow’s milk, lactose, according to MayoClinic.com. Someone with diary intolerance will experience gastrointestinal issues when she consumes dairy products. These symptoms include gas, bloating, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. Having diary intolerance can be a trigger for an eczema outbreak. If this is the case, every time the patient consumes diary products, he will see increased eczema symptoms.


Eczema is not treatable, but it is manageable by eliminating the various triggers that cause it to flare-up. Talk with an allergist about participating in testing to determine if you have diary intolerance or a dairy allergy. Minor cases of eczema are treated by applying hydrocortisone creams and taking an oral antihistamine, according to MedlinePlus. Extreme symptoms may require a prescription from a doctor for a corticosteroid lotion. Treat itchy skin from eczema by applying a cool compress to the affected areas and refrain from wearing tight-fitted clothing.


Someone with dairy intolerance, leading to eczema may need to avoid consuming all dairy products. Once of the main sources of calcium is milk products, according to the University of Arizona. Eliminating dairy from the diet requires an increased consumption of calcium-rich foods, such as fortified drinks, such as soy milk, dark-green, leafy vegetables and orange juice. The average adult should consume around 1,000 mg of calcium a day to prevent certain diseases.


Dairy intolerance may be confused with a dairy allergy. A dairy allergy is potentially life threatening. Someone with a milk allergy can experience anaphylactic shock, which can lead to death. Ask an allergist to diagnose your condition for the best treatment options.