The Relation Between Eczema and Gluten

Eczema (commonly known as atopic dermatitis) affects around 15% of individuals all over the world. The usual treatment involves the use of corticosteroids which help in reducing the inflammation caused due to eczema. Eczema is usually caused due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Eczema is usually considered as an autoimmune condition (the condition in which one’s immune system attacks itself).

How is Celiac Disease Related to Eczema?

According to researchers, eczema is three times more frequent in patients with a history of celiac disease. Also, relatives of these patients are at a higher potential risk. This is due to the genetic linking of eczema and celiac disease.  Celiac disease is caused immediately after a stressful event like pregnancy or a heart attack. These conditions are a possible trigger for eczematic reactions.

How are Gluten Sensitivity and Eczema Linked?

Individuals with non-celiac gluten sensitivity have the same clinical symptoms as celiac disease. These symptoms, however, resolve when gluten is exterminated from the diet. 

Also Read: 5 Signs that clearly indicate you are gluten intolerant

Also, do note that the non-celiac gluten sensitivity patients do not test positive for celiac disease. The main symptoms of this condition include constipation, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and other dermatological conditions. In a study conducted in 2015, patients having non-celiac gluten disease developed an eczematic rash that looked similar to the rashes developed during conditions dermatitis herpetiformis and psoriasis.

How to Modify Your Diet to Treat Eczema?

A recent diagnosis of celiac disease or non-celiac-related sensitivity might be resolved temporarily by removing gluten from the daily diet. Hence, eczema developed due to the same also seems to subside. Also, as discussed earlier, gluten sensitivity and eczema are genetically linked; hence the conditions have a similar treatment course. If you are diagnosed with eczema and celiac disease symptoms, you should certainly get tested for celiac disease. The probability of you getting a celiac disease is higher in case eczema runs in your family or vice versa!

What is the most effective treatment to treat eczema associated with Celiac Disease?

Using an Oatmeal Enriched Bath Medium

Oatmeal is sold in the market in various forms. Colloidal or particulate oatmeal is one such type. This particular type is made from finely ground oats. This mixture usually aids in relieving the excess burn sensation. Also, it imparts a certain sense of calmness to the affected skin. The oatmeal colloid is available in cream or powder form. 

The powdered oatmeal is added to lukewarm water for 10 to 15 minutes. Make sure you dissolve the powder thoroughly into the water. After this, soak in the powdered solution for a brief period. After following this method, dampen the skin with a towel. This is followed by applying a moisturizer containing a high oil-to-water ratio. This ensures that the skin remains moist and damp enough to resist an eczematic flare.

Reducing gluten in your diet and regular oatmeal-enriched bath mediums can ensure you hit two targets with a single arrow!


Tags:  Dermatitis herpetiformis, Gluten rash, Eczema and gluten and dairy

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Janet Fudge

Janet Fudge writes on general health topics for She holds a post-graduate diploma in Public Health with a major in epidemiology. During the outbreak of COVID-19, Janet actively volunteered in vaccination drives throughout the state of Iowa. She lives in Iowa with her husband and two children.