Inflammation often affects the skin. A person with an itchy and inflammatory skin condition often reacts easily to irritants, food, and environmental allergens, these lead to the skin becoming red, inflamed and itchy. Additionally the skin surface becomes flaky and vulnerable to surface infections caused by bacteria. Such itchy skin conditions often occur together with other atopic diseases like hay fever, asthma and allergic conjunctivitis. These problems often begin in childhood before age 5 and may persist into adulthood. For some, it flares periodically and then subsides for a time, even up to several years. Yet, it is estimated that 75% of cases improve by the time children reach adolescence, whereas 25% continue to have difficulties with the condition through adulthood. Whilst there is generally no cure, these symptoms can be alleviated using nutritional therapy.
Essential fatty acids are often used to reduce inflammatory symptoms. For example omega-