Updated: May 2
Are you looking for ways to get rid of your eczema or skin problems naturally?
Over 40 million people are known to be affected or suffering from skin problems related to eczema. Eczema flare-ups can be frustrating to deal with and can reduce the quality of life. Most of my clients suffering from eczema, are looking for natural, alternative and effective treatment for lasting relief. So in this blog, I want to share the symptoms, risk factors, treatment strategies at home, nutrition trips and homeopathic approach to treating eczema naturally.
There are many ways to treat eczema but in in order to treat if effectively you need to understand why you have it in the first instance. Learning to treat eczema by identifying triggers that cause flare-ups and the underlying cause is the best course of action.
What is Eczema and how to Recognise it?
Eczema is an allergy of the skin and is common with people who have respiratory allergies, asthmas or a tendency towards hives. The early signs of eczema are inflammation of skin, characterised by redness, swelling, crusting, scaling and oozing of fluid. It often appears on the elbows, wrists, face and folding of arms and knees. It can cause the skin to be very itchy. Infants and babies are common sufferers of eczema but the disorder can continue into childhood and teenage years. Eczema is a collective term for a group of related skin disorders that cause symptoms like inflammation, redness, dryness, scaling and extreme itchiness on skin anywhere on the body.
Eczema symptoms can either be short term or long-term. Symptoms like itching or peeling tend to come and go, periodically causing flare-ups in response to things like stress and low immune function. Although signs of skin inflammation might clear up for periods of time, most people experience recurrent symptoms, sometimes over the course of many years if the underlying cause is left untreated. Depending on the specific type of eczema the symptoms and sings can include:
Eczema symptoms in adults:
Inflamed skin - skin appears red and swollen.
Itchiness - need to scratch the skin but it actually makes the irritation worse.
Blisters or crusty patches of skin that can crack open, ooze and become scaly.
Peeling, flacking skin - due to severe dryness. Dandruff is also known as eczema on the scalp.
Developing cuts and cracks in the skin due to severe dryness which can sometimes lead to bacterial infections.
Changes in skin colour and texture, such as skin becoming rougher, darker and thicker.
Sensitiveness to shampoo, lotion or cleansers.
Burning due to irritation or exposed raw skin.
If itchiness and other symptoms become severe, then people experience secondly problems like increased stress, trouble sleeping, and difficulty concentrating at work or school.
Atopic eczema caused by allergies can occur along with other symptoms like fever, fatigue, asthma or respiratory issues.
Eczema has also been found to be common among people with other skin conditions making treatment complicated such as herpes or warts.
Eczema symptoms in babies and children:
When babies or children develop eczema they’re most likely to have redness and dryness on their cheeks, head or chin, in addition to the backs of their arms and legs, chest, stomach or parts of the back.
Like in adults, children and babies are susceptible to forming eczema patches of red, sensitive skin on areas of the body that are usually rougher and dryer to begin with.
Eczema is most likely to develop in babies within the first six months of life but usually clears up on its own as the immune system learns to adapt to and overcome skin inflammation.
The eczema symptoms will reduce or complete go away by the the they reach their teens of up to 50-70% of the cases.
Eczema Causes and Risk Factors
Eczema affects the visible, outer layer of the skin called the corneal layer. This layer is important for keeping the body protected from things like microbes or harmful bacteria that can enter through cuts and penetrate into deeper layers of the skin. Because it is a protective layer the corneal is constantly renewing itself, shedding old damaged cells and growing new healthy ones in their place. This process helps keep the barrier of the skin strong and resilient in healthy people without eczema but becomes disrupted in those with eczema due to inflammation.
When someone has eczema the process of shedding and renewing corneal skin cells becomes disrupted. It could be because:
- Genetic factors
- Reduced serum production by skin resulting in dry skin
- Low immune function
- Chemical toxicity
- Pollution and Poor diet
Home Eczema treatment:
1. Sun Light / Vitamin D rich foods - Increases Vitamin D production and helps fight bacteria on the skin. Adding 10-15mins of sun exposure a day can provide relief and speed up healing. In addition supplementing with Vitamin D rich foods like cod liver oil, sardines, salmon, eggs and raw milk may help prevent eczema.
2. Natural Moisturise - Coconut oil is the perfect moisturiser for eczema sufferers. This is antibacterial and anti-fungal and provides soothing relief for the skin.
3. Cool Wet Compresses - Applying a cool, wet compress lessens the itching for some individuals with eczema.
4. Omega 3 Fatty Acids - Research shows that including Omega 3 rich foods in diet has lowered the flare-ups caused by eczema, as this will boss the immune system function and speed up the healing process.
Foods to eat to Treat Eczema
Essential fatty acids - Wild-caught fish and flaxseed oil can reduce eczema symptoms
Pumping or Chia seeds - These seeds provide zinc which is essential for wound healing and metabolising fatty acids.
Probiotic rich foods - These can support gut and immune health helping in elimination of toxins from the body.
High-fibre foods - Constipation can lead your body to look for other ways to expel toxins and the skin can become one of the avenues in which toxins are expelled.
Vitamin A rich foods - Increase your intake of orange and yellow coloured vegetables which are high in Vitamin A that is necessary for skin health.
Foods to Avoid
Additives - Eliminate additive and processed foods which can make eczema worse.
Food allergens - Avoid any potential allergens and some common allergen foods including gluten, dairy, shellfish or peanuts
Non essential fats - processed or refined oils can interfere with the absorption of essential facts critical for healing.
Sugar - Increases inflammation and reduces immune function.
Fried foods - Can increase inflammation.
Homeopathy for Eczema:
Treatment of eczema is complicated and very interesting from a homeopathic point of view. Skin is the medium for elimination for the body and with skin conditions like eczema in any form one should not suppress is using medicated creams. The creams only offer temporary relief but when you stop using the cream the symptoms return and might also cause a flare-up. When body produces skin lesions or eruptions it is trying to eliminate some toxins and trying to heal itself. Sometimes suppressing these eruptions can result in them going deeper into the body and could cause other problems like allergies, asthma or other problems.
This is similar to suppressing emotions in a person which goes deeper into their conciseness and could result in anger, mood swings, emotional outburst or other chronic health problems.
Homeopathy approach to treating eczema starts by understating the root cause of the problem, health history and what makes the eczema worse and better, times of day that it is worse, any foods that cause flare-up, emotional triggers like stress. The remedies help in elimination of toxins from the body naturally. Some of my clients who were using cortisol creams for many months, notice the eczema gets worse at the beginning of the treatment. This is because it was suppressed for so long that when the immune system tries to treat it naturally, it comes out all at once. However this is only temporary flare up and within days you will notice the skin will move from raw, red, blisters to slowly drying up.
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