Symptom Guide

Symptom Guide

Allergic reactions can affect different areas of the body but are most likely to appear on the skin, in the tummy area and the respiratory tract. Please browse the symptom guide if you are looking for detailed explanations and pictures to each condition possibly caused by food allergy.

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Eczema

Definition

Eczema (from Greek 'to boil over') is a form of dermatitis, or inflammation of the outer layer of the skin.

The term eczema is broadly applied to a range of persistent skin conditions. These include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterised by one or more of these symptoms: redness, swelling, itching and dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding. Areas of temporary skin discoloration may appear and are sometimes due to healed injuries. Scratching open a healing lesion may cause scarring and may also spread the rash. Recent studies suggest that food allergy may trigger atopic dermatitis.

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