I have eczema on my scalp and I started following a low carb diet as I heard it could help. However, I haven’t really noticed an improvement. Does this mean I need to adjust my carb levels or are there other factors to consider? What else can I do to relieve it?
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There are many different causes of eczema so one has to find and treat the cause, if possible. A very common type is atopic eczema, which develops due to an autoimmune response. It is common in ‘atopic’ families with a history of allergic conditions such as hay fever, asthma and migraines and these patients will all benefit from a low-carb diet.
In adults the most common eczema of the scalp is called seborrheic dermatitis, which can cause chronic itchiness and dry scaliness (dandruff). It is believed that this skin condition is caused by an allergic reaction of the skin to the presence of fungi and their metabolites. This is why it is also treated with an antifungal ketoconazole shampoo. Another possible cause of scalp eczema is contact dermatitis triggered by certain shampoos or soaps, in which case you should avoid using these shampoos.