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Eczema and Vitamin D

Planning on spending extra time in the sun with your eczema warrior this summer? There is a ton of benefits to spending time in the sun – especially for children with eczema! Eczema and Vitamin D An experiment looked at whether or not deficient or insufficient levels of vitamin D correlate with the severity of atopic dermatitis (AD), which is a type of chronic and inflammatory eczema. This particularly study looked at 37 children and the severity of their atopic dermatitis. Ultimately, the data collected from this study suggest that vitamin D deficiency may be related to the severity of Read More

Is Your Stress Causing Eczema Flare Ups?

Stress is the root of nearly all of our health problems – no doubt about it. How you manage (or don’t manage) your stress can have a profound impact on your health. Yes, that includes your eczema! According to Tim Jewell and Debra Sullivan, PhD, MSN, CNE, COI of Healthline, stress causes a spike in the hormone, cortisol, and this excess of cortisol leads to abnormally oil skin which can ultimately cause an eczema outbreak. To make things even worse, according to Jewell and Sullivan, stress can also extend the life of an eczema outbreak, leaving you more stressed. Knowing all Read More

Essential Oils and Eczema

If you’re an avid reader of the blog, you’ll know that a lot of people are turning towards more holistic and natural methods of healing eczema. Essential oils should be an essential part of your eczema holistic healing toolkit! First of all, what the heck are essential oils? Essential oils are simply compounds that are extracted from plants. According to dietitian Helen West, The reason that they’re called “essential oils” is because the oils because the oils capture the plant’s scent and flavor, also known as the plant’s “essence.” West also explains that essential oils can be extracted from the Read More

What is the difference? Food Allergy vs. Food Sensitivity

Have you heard the terms “food allergy” and “food sensitivity” being tossed around left and right? Believe it or not, these terms are not interchangeable and the differences are important! What is the main difference? The difference between a food allergy and a food sensitivity starts with the body’s response to that food. When you are allergic to a food, your body’s reaction is caused by your immune system. When you are sensitive to a food, your body’s digestive system causes the reaction. Another important distinction is that food sensitivities are not life-threatening while food allergies definitely can be. The Read More

Storytime Edition: Children’s Books About Eczema

Are you looking for informative, inspiring stories to read to your children about eczema? Story time is a creative way to educate children on difficult topics. It is a great way to relate their issues to a character and a story that is outside of their own situation. Not sure where to find those stories? Look no further! Below are some recommendations that you and your child can go through together! Malcolm Finney Medical Detective – The Case of… Itch and Rash: The Case of… Itch and Rash By: Erika Kimble (Author), Laurel Winters (Illustrator), Jameson McMaster (Designer) The Case Read More