Eczema Series

Lifestyle and Diet in the Treatment of Eczema

Lifestyle and Diet in the Treatment of Eczema

Lifestyle and Diet in the Treatment of Eczema

Eczema Series

  • 0.75 credits
  • Free
Supported by independent educational grants from Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, and Incyte.

Since the late 1980s, the “hygiene hypothesis” has been an influential cornerstone in the theorized process behind the increasing numbers of children in industrialized countries who are likely to get eczema.[1] There have been two primary approaches to this hypothesis.[2]

  1. Decreased exposure to infections during childhood could lead to an aberrant immune response later in life.
  2. Children with less environmental exposure are at an increased risk for allergic disease.

This second approach focuses on children who have a decreased exposure to farm animals, who are not born vaginally, and who have limited exposure to siblings or other children at a young age.

Several population based studies have shown that children raised in farming environments are at a decreased risk for developing childhood allergies.[3] Vaginal birth, as well as exposure to siblings, has been shown to strongly impact the infant microbiome, which subsequently affects the child’s risk of developing eczema. Additionally, studies have shown an association between an increased risk of atopic dermatitis and increased colonization by Clostridium[2]

About this course

Skill level: All levels
Estimated time to complete activity: 45 min
Release date: March 19, 2018
Expiration date: December 11, 2020


American Nurses Credentialing Center(ANCC), American Medical Association(AMA)


This activity is part of a 16-course series designed to equip licensed practitioners from medical, nursing, and related disciplines with a multidisciplinary approach to managing patients with atopic dermatitis (AD), also known as eczema.

12. Lifestyle and Diet in the Treatment of Eczema

Eczema is multifactorial - lifestyle and dietary influences may play a role in influencing the conditions. The evidence for the role of environment, water quality, and dietary skin care approaches will be reviewed.

Educational Objectives

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Outline bathing habits that are helpful in eczema
  • Assess the importance of different environmental influences on eczema
  • Review the evidence for food triggers, allergies, as well as anti-inflammatory foods in eczema
Name Reported Financial Disclosure
Reviewer: Hadar Lev-Tov, MD LearnHealth founder and shareholder
Planner: Venita Sivamani LearnHealth founder and shareholder

Faculty/Speaker Disclosure(s)

All planning committee members, reviewers, planners, and faculty identified conflicts of interest pertaining to this activity were resolved prior to the activity.

COI Resolution: Ensure a balanced discussion of research and practice. Avoid trade names, company names, and logos. Medical advice will not be provided.

Name Reported Financial Disclosure
Raja Sivamani, MD, MS, CAT

Consultant: Burt's Bees, Dermala

 Shareholder: Dermala

Type of Activity

Online internet enduring

This Activity Is Part of the Following Program:

1. What Is Eczema and Who Gets It?

2. Why People Get Eczema - What We Know and Where Do We Go from Here?

3. Is It Eczema? Principles of Eczema Diagnosis

4. Eczema Mimickers Case Study

5. Introduction to Management of Eczema

6. Educating Patients on Eczema: How to Train Your Patient to Be a Pro and How This Can Make All the Difference

7. Overview of Therapeutic Approaches to Eczema

8. What Are Emollients and How They Work in Eczema

9. Schmear It On - New Paradigms in Topical Treatments for Eczema

10. Systemic Therapies for Eczema: The New Horizon Is Here

11. Adjunctive Therapies in the Treatment of Eczema

12. Lifestyle and Diet in the Treatment of Eczema

13. Psychosocial Aspects of AD and Building a Support Network

14. Atopic Eczema Itch and Its Management

15. Eczema Complications

16. Putting it Together - Clinical Pearls for Integrative Eczema Management

Physician Credit

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Medical Education Resources (MER) and LearnHealth. MER is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

Medical Education Resources designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Credit

Medical Education Resources is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This CE activity provides 0.75 contact hours of continuing nursing education.

Medical Education Resources is a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 12299 for 0.75 contact hours.

Contact Information

This activity is jointly provided by Medical Education Resources and LearnHealth Inc.

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Lifestyle and Diet in the Treatment of Eczema

Lifestyle and Diet in the Treatment of Eczema

Eczema Series

  • 0.75 credits
  • Free