Eczema & the Atopic March

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), “Eczema, also known as “atopic dermatitis,” is often associated with food allergy; approximately 37 percent of young children with a moderate to severe eczema also have food allergies.”

It has also been researched and found that parents with a history of asthma or hay fever are at a higher risk for having children with eczema.


The “Atopic March” is described as a sequential order of health issues that begins with eczema. From there, patients are likely to have a food allergy (or several). Those with both eczema and a food allergy are at a higher risk of having hay fever. And those unfortunate enough to have eczema, food allergies, and hay fever have a greater risk of having asthma.

Those who are diagnosed with eczema can manage their condition through the help of an allergist. Mild cases can be treated with certain ointments and moisturizers, while more sever eczema may require a prescription medication. Drinking water and staying hydrated may also be beneficial in helping eczema sufferers. Eczema flare-ups can occur due to certain cosmetics, food, mold, soap, pollen, wool, dust mites, dogs, cats, dry weather, and a range of other variables.