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Get out of the red with our natural remedies for eczema
Categories: March 31, 2017 | Posted by Mukti
Natural remedies for eczema should be your first port of call if you suffer with this debilitating skin condition.
Eczema is an inflammatory chronic skin condition that impacts the superficial layers of the skin. It affects around 10-20% of the population and is most commonly diagnosed as atopic eczema.
It presents as small, festering clusters of red blisters. They may be dry, scaly and itchy. Not a pleasant sight or sensation. If a secondary infection develops, they may become weeping lesions or pustules. It usually occurs on the upper areas of the body including the face and neck, the folds of the skin on the arms and legs and the armpits where the skin can't transpire as effectively.
Statistically, atopic eczema mostly affects babies and children up to the age of seven. After that the condition typically disappears but it can be triggered by environmental exposure to allergens specific to the person or an emotional stress response. It's also considered to be an inherent condition.
The good news is that it's not contagious. Even though there’s no specific cure, it can be treated and managed and there are plenty of natural remedies for eczema.
Common eczema Symptoms to look for:
- Redness due to an increase of blood supply to the area
- Itchiness which can lead to further inflammation and infection
- Inflammation caused by swelling of the upper layers of skin and skin tissue
- Overproduction of keratin (skin protein) that results in the horny layer of the skin becoming thicker and leathery in appearance
- Scaly dry skin can be a contributing factor in the occurrence of eczema
- Discolouration of the skin tone and loss of pigmentation due to circulatory effects
causes of eczema
Atopic eczema can happen spasmodically. It can triggered by environmental factors as well as being inherent. Children of parents that suffer from asthma or hay fever are more likely to develop eczema. The condition appears to be an abnormal response to the body’s immune system. The inflammatory response to the irritation is to scratch and itch the affected area further exacerbating the condition.
alcohol and stress can trigger an onset. Common allergens include
dairy, wheat, gluten, seafood, eggs, citrus fruits, chemical additives,
flavourings and preservatives.
Extrinsic factors may include weather, pollen, dust mites, animal dander, clothing and fabrics, cosmetics and personal care products.
natural remedies for eczema vs pharmaceuticals
To find out specific activators you can undergo a series of blood/pricking tests from an immunologist or allergist. This will help to determine the possible cause and assist with prevention through a process of elimination and eradication from either your diet, surroundings or both.
Professional medical advice should be sought for correct diagnosis. Topical corticosteroids are usually prescribed and, if there’s a secondary infection a round of antibiotics. Pharmaceutical creams are not ideal as they can contain steroids. They can affect the skin's integrity by interfering with the underlying structure causing thinning and reduction of collagen if used for extended periods.
While they can offer temporary relief as always with natural health care, it’s best to look at preventative solutions and possible causes. As eczema is normally associated with dry skin, the first step is to keep the affected area moist with creams specifically designed to target the condition.
Cold compresses made with a mixture of herbs such as Aloe Vera, Burdock, Calendula, Chamomile, Chickweed, Cleavers, Comfrey, Dandelion, Goldenseal, Horsetail, Lavender, Liquorice, Marshmallow, Milk Thistle, Neem, Nettle, Oats, St. John's Wort, Turmeric, Witch Hazel and medicinal grade honey such as Manuka may assist with alleviating itchiness and redness.
When looking for a cream it's best to choose a formula in a certified organic or natural water based emollient which is more suitable for long term treatment. We've had great results, reviews and testimonials on our Marigold Hydrating Creme.
Ingredients to look for in natural remedies for eczema
- Marigold or Calendula – reduces inflammation and promotes wound healing and healing so ideal for skin repair
- Aloe vera – soothing, healing, calming, moisturising
- Chamomile – is anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory and pain relieving. It’s ideal for skin that is sensitive, red or dry and itchy
- Gotu kola – reduces scar tissue and inflammation, promotes wound healing
- Manuka honey – humectant, moisturising, soothing and calming anti-bacterial properties. Active Manuka honey is a great treatment for reducing the infection, inflammation and itching. There's scientific evidence that this form of treatment is effective in eliminating inflammation, itching and bacteria causing infection
- Pumpkin seed extract – a rich source of zinc which is essential to skin healing
- Birch oil – analgesic and antiseptic which is especially good where there is pain and inflammation
- Sausage tree extract (Kigelia) – anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory
- Sesame oil – anti-inflammatory
- South Sea Pearl Powder – the main ingredient is calcium carbonate and can assist with healing and reducing redness
- Vitamin E – antioxidant and soothes rough skin
In regards to diet, it's best to eradicate all processed foods and consume only fresh produce with minimal processing. Increasing omega-3 fish oils and omega-6 essential fatty acids such as evening primrose and flaxseed may assist with inflammation.
Taking regular probiotics and glutamine-rich foods can assist with treating and cleansing the gut. Allergy testing or eliminating and challenging specific foods will pinpoint any dietary changes and can help with eradicating symptoms.
natural remedies for ezcema: checklist
- Wear loose breathable fabrics such as cotton and hemp and avoid synthetic materials
- Keep skin moist at all times and prevent dryness and cracking
- Try to maintain a constant body temperature and use a humidifier to assist with keeping the air moist
- Keep household dust mites and moulds to a minimum and remove any rugs or carpets
- Keep pets outside and avoid sitting on furnishings that may contain animal dander
- Eliminate all chemical based personal care, perfumes, fragrances, cleaning and laundering products
- Have shorter showers and avoid hot water, always apply a moisturiser after bathing
- Eat fresh preferably organic produce free from chemical exposure
- Increase omega 3, 6 & 9 in your diet – fish oils, flaxseed, evening primrose, cod liver oil
- Increase probiotics in your diet such as kefir and fermented foods
- Always keep skin moist and well aired
- Change bedding regularly and avoid synthetic fabrics
- Be aware of foods that may cause an outbreak, keep a food diary and eliminate any culprits from diet
- Wash new clothes a couple of times prior to wearing and double wash clothing
- Reduce stress
- Use cold compresses to relieve inflammation and itching
- Keep fingernails clean and short
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