Eczema is a long-lasting, chronic skin disease manifested by itchy and inflamed sores. Around 15 million Americans suffer from the condition, the most common being atopic dermatitis, or AD, which can manifest in all parts of the body. The condition causes skin redness, eventually progressing to the swelling and cracking of the skin, sometimes even “weeping” (when fluid “sweats” from the inflamed lesions). Left untreated, the disease can cause both extreme discomfort as well as self-esteem issues for the sufferer.
There are different approaches on how to treat eczema. Ultimately, the goal of eczema treatment is to prevent its development by avoiding certain triggers that cause itching. It also involves managing the condition using either natural treatments, conventional medications or a combination of both.
Many people’s eczema is skin irritation caused by an allergic reaction, and below are some primary causes.
Women often get it on their hands from using cleaning agents and detergents, and people can have allergic reactions to plants when they are gardening, especially poison ivy. Eczema treatment modalities for these are much easier than some other causes, and the application of a topical medication can suffice. To prevent reoccurrence, it is a good idea to wear gloves when performing these activities.
Some people will get eczema as a reaction to metal jewelry especially nickel, which is also a component part of “silver” coinage. The cure for this is easy, stop wearing the irritant jewelry and handle pocket change with care! But one also needs to be aware that nickel can appear in unsuspected contexts.
At various points of research, eczema has been blamed on internal and external factors and an inherited genetic susceptibility to eczema. This is no consolation if you suffer from more severe forms of eczema and are looking for effective eczema treatment modalities. The debate continues on Eczema Causes and various remedies are proposed based on the underlying theories.
The latest research sets out to prove that in mild or moderate form, this skin disorder is probably caused by other factors, rather than an allergic reaction. There appears to be a fault in the skin’s barrier or defense and in the skin cell’s chemical makeup - people prone to eczema have a much thinner skin barrier.
Because this barrier is weakened, irritants get through more easily and cracks in the skin allow germs, irritants and even dust mites to enter more easily, causing flare-ups.
Only time and more research will tell if this theory is proven true and an effective line of treatments and drugs comes along. Meanwhile if you suffer from eczema, there are two types of eczema treatment modalities: prescription/over the counter remedies or home remedies for eczema.
Prescription Remedies for Eczema
There are some people who find effective treatment for eczema by the use of creams and ointments containing cortisteroids. These can reduce inflammation. For some however taking an oral steroid such as prednisone will reduce inflammation only for the days taken. This can be discouraging when the itching and redness return. However, continuing to use a cream can still be useful and offer relief. Remember, if you are taking an oral steroid you must be sure to taper off this according to your doctor’s instructions.
A relative of Vitamin A has been approved in a number of European countries and Canada for the relief of hand or palmoplantar eczema. It has not been approved in the US yet, it is called alitretinoin and comes as a daily oral capsule. It appears to be especially effective for eczema on the hands. Charles Lynde, MD, who teaches dermatology at the University of Toronto, reported excellent results for people with severe dermatitis that have been enduring this condition for ten years. This is good news for Adult Eczema patients seeking relief from symptoms.
Eczema Treatment Remedies
• Moisturize at least once a day using a fragrance-free natural product, such as shea or cocoa butter.
• Use a steroid cream , especially when eczema flares up
Natural Home Remedies for Alleviating Eczema
Coconut oil is excellent for moisturizing and keeping the skin soft and forming a barrier against allergens.
Sunlight can kill harmful bacteria - get outside in the sun as much as possible – but don’t burn. For some, sunlight is just too drying for the skin and leads to itching and flaking.
Camphor & sandalwood mixed to a paste in equal proportions has been reported to work well applied the affected areas.
Neem is an effective natural remedy used in Asia for years to treat many skin problems including the itchy Scabies Rash . Other natural remedies include:
• Tea Tree Oil
• Almond Leaves
• Witch hazel
Never use anything containing fragrance, parabens or alcohol. Many people are allergic to perfumes and suffer from dryness due to alcohol applied on the skin which can result in a dermatitis flareup.
Keep notes and do your own research – who knows, you may come up with a combination that will cure eczema for good and will help other sufferer’s lives improve as well.
Lastly, many see important changes through avoiding allergenic foods such as wheat, dairy and nuts. Dietary changes that incorporate flax seed oil and anti-inflammatory foods can be useful. We are very attached to our foods and the comfort they give us but fortunately there are also some tasty alternatives now compared to ten or twenty years ago. You can read more about utilizing specific dietary changes and supplements for eczema improvement and Susan’s account of her own battle with eczema and how natural products cleared her skin by visiting How to Cure Eczema-Click Here .
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