Atopic Dermatitis, also called eczema, is an immune reaction that affects the skin. Specifically, it is mediated by histamine, a chemical released by mast cells (a type of white blood cell) in response to triggers.
Most histamine is not created in the skin—it’s created in the gut by microbes. So gut health plays a very important role in the severity of eczema symptoms. While most doctors offer creams, lotions, and ointments, the better approach would be to address the underlying cause of eczema.
While you may spend most of your time worried about the appearance of your skin, the inflammation affecting it goes deeper than that. Most inflammation typically originates from the body’s immune system, which surrounds the intestines. Eczema is usually a symptom of systemic inflammation, so just treating the skin does nothing to alleviate the root causes. This is where most doctors miss the mark. They are focused on the dry skin, and prescribe ointments and medications before addressing the triggers of inflammation. However, once you grasp how the immune inflammation is caused, you can work to easily control and mitigate these factors and heal damaged skin in a matter of weeks.