eczema and psoriasis

Treatment information and recommendations

What is eczema and psoriasis?

Eczema and psoriasis are both chronic skin conditions characterized by inflammation, redness, and skin irritation, but they have distinct causes, symptoms, and treatment approaches. Eczema is a common skin condition that results in dry, itchy, and inflamed patches of skin. It often begins in childhood but can affect people of all ages. Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes rapid growth and accumulation of skin cells, resulting in thick, scaly, and inflamed patches of skin. It is characterized by periods of remission and flare-ups.

How can eczema be effectively treated?

The connection between gut health and eczema, while still being studied, suggests that certain gut-related factors may influence the development and severity of eczema in some individuals. While gut health treatments may not be a direct cure for eczema, they can potentially help manage symptoms and improve overall skin health in some cases. Here are some gut health treatments and strategies that may benefit individuals with eczema:


    Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can help restore and maintain a healthy balance of gut microbiota. Some studies suggest that certain strains of probiotics may have a positive effect on eczema symptoms, possibly by modulating the immune response and reducing inflammation. Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species are commonly used probiotics for eczema management. Probiotics can be consumed through fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi, as well as through probiotic supplements.


    Prebiotics are non-digestible fibers that serve as food for beneficial gut bacteria, promoting their growth and activity. Including prebiotic-rich foods in your diet, such as garlic, onions, leeks, asparagus, bananas, and oats, can help support a healthy gut microbiome and may indirectly benefit eczema symptoms.

    Omega-3 Fatty Acids

    Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish (such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines), flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts, have anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce inflammation associated with eczema. Including omega-3-rich foods in your diet or taking omega-3 supplements may help support skin health and reduce eczema symptoms.

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