What does atopy/atopic mean?
There are many types of eczema and dermatitis:
- Atopic Eczema / Atopic Dermatitis
- Discoid Eczema
- Contact Dermatitis
Specifically, atopy, or being atopic, means having a genetic tendency for your immune system to make increased levels of IgE antibodies to certain allergens. An atopic individual is likely to have more than one allergic condition during their lifetime, such as eczema, asthma, hay fever or food allergy.
Can food allergies cause eczema?
Children are born with the tendency to have eczema, and many things can make their eczema worse. These are known as eczema ‘triggers’. Eczema in children can have various triggers, of which food can be one, especially in babies. However, foods are not the primary cause of eczema.