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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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Is my acne caused by a food allergy?

Is my acne caused by a food allergy?

No: It is very well established now that acne is not due to food allergies, but certain bacteria on the skin. There is no need to alter your diet to treat acne. Instead, see a dermatologist for the best advice; this may includes antibiotic creams, other lotions, etc. Enjoy your meals! ...Read more

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Will treating my food allergies fix my acne?

Will treating my food allergies fix my acne?

No: I agree that acne is a hormonal problem but there are some studies to suggest that certain foods such as chocolate and fattier foods can exacerbate symptoms. However, this is an adverse food reaction that is not immunologically mediated like the food allergy. Proper hygeine and consultation with a dermatologist is recommended. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have food allergy acne/eczema?

I need help! How do I know if I have food allergy acne/eczema?

Suspect / test: There are a variety of blood tests your physician can obtain on blood that can provide evidence for or against a food allergy. Allergists also employ skin tests which provide a different but helpful set of information. ...Read more

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I heard that vitamin A is good for acne? I had hormone testing, came back normal, changed my diet due to food allergies. Nothing seems to help.

I heard that vitamin A is good for acne? 
I had hormone testing, came back normal, changed my diet due to food allergies. Nothing seems to help.

Retinoid: You are likely referring to a derivative of vit A called retinoids which works for many people with acne. Topical or oral vitamin A would not do the job however. See dermatologist. ...Read more

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Where on the body do rashes caused by food allergies usually occur?

Where on the body do rashes caused by food allergies usually occur?

Varies: All over (urticaria / hives / itchy blotches), or in the creases of the elbows and knees (atopic dermatitis). Dh from gluten senstivity symmetic, upper body. Some of the more mysterious skin diseases may also be caused by food hypersensitivity sometimes. Food allergy is best diagnosed by what happens to a person if they eat the stuff; it can be dangerous and needs respect. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can eczema be caused by food allergies?

Can eczema be caused by food allergies?

Food Triggers: Evidence to suggest that moderate/severe eczema in early childhood could be worsened by certain foods (usually highly allergenic foods like peanut, tree nuts, milk, eggs, etc.). Food triggers are not usually an issue with adult eczema. If you notice a consistent pattern of worsening eczema with a particular food then by all means avoid it. Skin prick testing better that patch. See Allergist. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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Food Allergy (Definition)

Allergies usually mean there is a response like diarrhea, vomiting, hives, or anaphylaxis when that food is eaten. Other allergies can be more subtle and lead to chronic congestion, headaches, eczema, rashes, constipation, etc. Best answer- if concerned about a particular food eliminate it from your diet and see how you respond. You can ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more