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Southwest Allergy & Asthma Center



6100 Windcom Court,
Suite 101
Plano, Texas 75093

Serving: Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Carrollton, Richardson, Lewisville, Garland, Dallas, The Colony, Addison, Coppell, Little Elm, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(972) 398 - 3500Telephone:
(972) 398 - 3512FAX:

In the Texoma Medical Plaza adjacent to the new Texoma Medical Center
5012 South US HWY 75,
Suite 150
Denison, Texas 75020

Serving: Denison, Sherman, Bonham, Gainesville, Pottsboro, Van Alstyne, McKinney, Prosper, Durant (OK) and Madill (OK)

(903) 463 - 8400Telephone:
(903) 463 - 8500FAX:

7785 Eldorado Pkwy,
Suite 500
McKinney, Texas 75070

Serving: McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(972) 542 - 0500Telephone:
(972) 398 - 3512FAX:

In Twin Creeks Medical Center Two
1101 Raintree Cir,
Suite 200
Allen, Texas 75013

Serving: McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(469) 656 - 1057Telephone:
(972) 398 - 3512FAX:

12950 Dallas Pkwy,
Suite 700
Frisco, Texas 75033

Serving: McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(972) 569 - 8500Telephone:
(972) 398 - 3512FAX:

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Food Allergy and Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)

What is eczema?

Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a skin problem that causes itching, dryness, fine scales or flaking, and sometimes mild redness.

Eczema can be a mild skin irritation that does not need medical treatment. Sometimes, however, it causes relentless itching and scratching. The skin may become scaly, raw, or thickened from constant or repeated bouts of eczema. Eczema usually appears first in childhood and usually improves with age.

If my child has eczema, could he/she also have food allergies?

About a third of children with moderate or severe persistent eczema have a food allergy that may contribute to their skin disease.

What food allergies are associated with eczema?

Egg allergy is the food allergy most commonly associated with atopic dermatitis. Egg, milk, and peanut account for about 80% of the food allergies observed in children with atopic dermatitis. About 30% of children with atopic dermatitis and food allergy are allergic to multiple foods.

What other symptoms might I observe if my child has a food allergy?

Classic allergic reactions usually include a red, itchy rash called hives that occurs within minutes of ingesting the concerning food. Hives can progress to or occur as part of a more serious allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that may include any of the following symptoms: wheezing or other breathing problems; vomiting, diarrhea or stomach cramps; face, mouth, or throat swelling; or signs of shock, including low blood pressure, dizziness, and passing out.

Some children who have worsening of their eczema due to food allergies may never exhibit the more classic symptoms of food allergy.

How can I find out if my child’s eczema is affected by a food allergy?

Your doctor may perform blood or skin tests to determine if your child is allergic to particular foods. Sometimes avoidance diets are recommended in an attempt to identify foods that are influencing a child’s eczema, but this should only be done under a physician’s supervision. Removal of an offending food should result in an improvement of eczema symptoms if the food allergy is contributing to a child’s eczema.