- Avoid allergens and irritants
Work with a qualified professional to identify airborne allergens, chemicals, foods, and irritants that make your condition worse
- Take fatty acids
Supply anti-inflammatory fatty acids missing in many people with eczema by taking 500 to 1,000 mg a day of GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) from evening primrose oil or borage oil, or 1,800 mg a day of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) from fish oils; children should take amounts proportionately less according to body weight
- Help children avoid allergies with beneficial bacteria
Pregnant women and newborns should get probiotic supplements that contain 10 billion colony-forming units a day of lactobacillus-type bacteria to reduce risk of eczema in early life
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