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Eczema

 

Is a skin disorder identified by redness, itch, dryness with pimples or blisters.

What to look for

Patches of itchy, dry, thickened skin, normally on the wrists, face and inner bends of the knees and elbows. Scaling, skin sores, patches of redness and sometimes medium bumps or blisters the may have ooze fluid. Eczema is a form of dermatitis identified by the chronically itchy, inflamed and reddened skin.

Eczema is also know as atomic dermatitis, it is normally genetic but there can be one person in a family that could have the condition while all the other people in the family are not afflicted with it. Eczema is most common among babies, many of whom will grow out of it. Eczema if normally associated with asthma, so children with asthma has a greater risk of skin problems. It can also be because of stress or emotional upsets this can trigger it as well

Causes

This skin disorder is often complex to experts. because this disease can be caused by emotional upsets or it may have no apparent cause. Allergies are the most common case of eczema. Sensitive people can have outbreaks because of ingesting certain foods, such as cow’s milk, wheat, nuts and eggs, as well as by inhaling airborne irritants like dust mites and pollen.

It is also caused by coming in contact with irritants in common substances, such as latex rubber, certain detergents, woollen and synthetic fabrics, chlorine-based products, the mineral nickel used in plated earrings and other jewellery and certain chemical.

If people are prone to eczema, it may be obvious that outbreaks may be caused by a change in the way a person’s immune system copes with certain types of stress.

At-Home Remedies 

You should try to learn how to relax and avoid becoming over stressed as this can also be a trigger to your problem. Use lavender oil it can be helpful in helping you to relax. To help soothe the itchiness, try taking a warm bath followed by an application of topical as calendula.
And you should also watch your diet.

Dietary Considerations

Your diet will be very important if eczema is the cause of the allergic reaction. As mentioned previously, you should avoid cow's milk, eggs, wheat flour, and nuts, also to limit red meat. try to eat food that is rich in zinc and vitamins A and C such as wholegrain, seeds, fresh fruit, and vegetables (red, yellow and green.) A zinc supplement may be beneficial. You must ask your doctor or our pharmacist to assess your particular case.

Prevention

You shouldn’t take your baby off breast milk too early as doctors suggest that this can also cause eczema to develop. Try to avoid food that will trigger allergies that might bring on eczema. Your baby should also be protected from potential allergens.

When to seek further professional advice

If you have any of the symptoms above if the inflammation does not respond within a week to the treatment of over-the-counter creams. if you develop blisters filled with pus you have a struggle with Eczema and you are exposed to anybody with a viral disease.

Alternative/Natural Treatments

 

There is alternative therapies that is available to help with both the symptoms of eczema and some of the causes of it. You must only use this with the supervision of a qualified and trained practitioner as some of the herbs may cause allergic reactions. 
Aromatherapy: by using essential oils of thyme, lavender, chamomile and jasmine may be capable of soothing eczema related to allergies. Vaporizer or diluted in a carrier oil and use as a massaging oil.  
Chinese Herbs: herbs that are beneficial include Chinese Foxglove, slier root, and liquorice it is said to be anti-inflammatory, and peony which is said to affect the immune system. All these herbs should be used under the supervision of an experienced professional.
Herbal Therapies : there are evidence that suggests that evening primrose oil may effectively treat the itching associated with Eczema. But people who has liver disease or high cholesterol should use this treatment only under medical supervision, and if you are pregnant you should not use it at all because of its effect on oestrogen and progesterone levels.
Some roots that may also be effective is burdock root and dandelion root. To sooth dry, flaky skin and help inflammation and itching use chamomile ointment.

DO NOT TAKE ANY OF THESES HERBS FOR LONGER THAN ONE MONTH WITHOUT SUPERVISION.

 

Homoeopathy : A remedy to soothe inflamed skin that patients can apply safely at home is topical Calendula ointment. You should not attempt to treat eczema with other homoeopathic remedies, unless you have consulted a qualified homoeopath. Your homoeopath will examine you thoroughly and then make a recommendation in accordance with your symptoms and lifestyle. Eczema may actually get worse before it gets better while you are treated. So professional supervision is important.

Traditional Treatment

Are focused on relieving the symptoms as it is sometimes difficult to pinpoint the real causes of the disease. Over the counter and at home remedies are normally sufficient unless the complaint becomes unbearable or worsens in any way. Most of the doctors will suggest that you take a warm bath to relieve the itching and then slowly remove the crusted parts. By taking oral antihistamines may help is the eczema is caused by an allergic reactions. Some of the medications that are prescribed are very strong and should only be taken with care and constant supervision by you doctor.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-21