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Eczema

Eczema

A common skin disorder, eczema is generally caused by an allergic response to foods, chemicals, medications or other substances such as perfumes or soaps. Also, this initial sensitivity can be caused by poor digestion and conditions like leaky gut syndrome. Stress, heredity, medications, and immune deficiencies can also contribute to eczema and dermatitis.

There are ways to ease symptoms and heal eczema naturally, but first, it’s important to understand what the condition entails.

Living with eczema can be misery. Not only the itchy scratchy skin, but also the crippling social anxiety that can often affect the patient with eczema.

Eczema, also known as dermatitis is a dry skin condition which affects 1 in 5 children and 1 in 12 adults in the UK. Being fairly common this affects almost 20% of children and 2% of adults worldwide. It can affect people of any age group though it is more commonly seen in children.

A perfect starting point to understanding and helping a patient to live with eczema is to understand the differences between healthy skin and skin affected by eczema.

Living with eczema can be misery. Not only the itchy scratchy skin, but also the crippling social anxiety that can often affect the patient with eczema.

Eczema, also known as dermatitis is a dry skin condition which affects 1 in 5 children and 1 in 12 adults in the UK. Being fairly common this affects almost 20% of children and 2% of adults worldwide. It can affect people of any age group though it is more commonly seen in children.

A perfect starting point to understanding and helping a patient to live with eczema is to understand the differences between healthy skin and skin affected by eczema.

Happy healthy skin

Healthy skin cells are plumped up with water forming a protective barrier against damage and infection. Fats and oils in the skin help retain moisture body temperature and also prevent harmful substances or bacteria from entering our bodies.

Eczematous skin

If a patient has eczema their skin may not produce as much fats and oils as needed and will be less able o retain water. The protective barrier therefore is not as good as it should be. Gaps can easily open up between the skin cells because they are not sufficiently plumped up with water. Moisture is then lost from the deeper layers of the skin, allowing bacteria or irritants to pass through more easily. Some everyday substances contribute to breaking down the skin.  Soap bubble bath and washing-up liquid for example can remove oil from anyone’s sin but if you have eczema your skin breaks down more easily so quickly becoming irritated cracked and inflame.

Eczema

The most common form of eczema is atopic eczema, which affects both sexes equally and usually starts in the first weeks or months of life. It is most common in children, affecting at least 10% of infants at some stage. It usually disappears during childhood, although it can carry on into adult life or come back in the teenage or early adult years. It may occasionally develop for the first time in adulthood.

Understanding Eczema

Eczema is an itchy, red rash that can appear all over the body and, in particular, occurs among people who have very dry, sensitive skin. The skin can blister and crack in some cases. People with eczema are usually diagnosed with it when they are babies or young children. Babies with eczema usually have it on the face, especially the cheeks and chin, but can also have it on the scalp, chest, back and outer arms and legs. Children and adults typically have eczema on the neck, wrists, ankles and in areas that bend, like the inner elbow and knee.

Eczema symptoms often become less severe as adults, but for some people, eczema continues into adulthood. In some cases it can actually start in adulthood. The rash of eczema is different for each person and can look different or affect different parts of your body from time to time. While it may be mild or moderate for some, there are severe cases.

Eczema is known for an intense itch that can be severe, causing the skin to be scratched until it bleeds. When this happens, the rash will worsen and lead to more inflammation and itching, known as the itch-scratch cycle.

Symptoms of Eczema include:

Eczema signs and symptoms can vary from person to person but may include one or more of the following:

  • Dry, sensitive skin
  • Intense itching
  • Red, inflamed skin
  • Recurring rash
  • Scaly areas
  • Rough, leathery patches
  • Oozing or crusting
  • Areas of swelling
  • Dark colored patches of skin

Eczema is a general term for any type of dermatitis or “itchy rash.” There are several skin diseases that are eczemas, yet all types of eczema cause itching, redness and some will blister or peel.

Be patient with the treatment. Skin conditions usually needs long term treatment and there is no short-cut to cure.

Here are some of the most common eczema types:

  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Hand Eczema
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Dyshidrotic Eczema
  • Nummular Eczema
  • Neurodermatitis
  • Stasis Dermatitis

How do we treat Eczema?

We treat Eczema from the inside out. Eczema becomes a sign that the body is inflamed. The solution then becomes figuring what’s wrong inside the body and reducing that inflammation. The root cause of eczema is a disturbance in the immune system. The body is overreacting to something attacking inside. Untreated longtime inflammations can lead to other health issues.

There are some simple and effective ways of managing the condition to reduce the effects of eczema along with functional medicine and homeopathic treatment.

Maintaining and keeping skin hydrated

Helping to keep skin plumped with water, oil and fat is essential. Emollient wash products can be used as an alternative to soaps, shampoos and shower gels that can remove the surface layer of natural oils on your skin. Emollients are non-cosmetic moisturizers which come in the form of creams, ointments, lotions and gels. Emollients help skin to feel more comfortable and less itchy. They keep the skin moist and flexible, helping to prevent cracks. One of the most important elements in managing all types of eczema is to keep the skin soft and supple by frequent and generous use of emollients. Emollients can be an effective way of helping sin to retain moisture, protect the skin and to help to ease the itching. Emollients are available as creams, ointments and lotions, any or all of which might be suitable to use at different times, depending on whether a person’s eczema reacts to a specific ingredient or ingredients in an emollient. There are many emollient products available that your homeopath will be able to recommend.

Allergies

Because it it prone to drying out and is easily damaged, skin with eczema is more liable to become red and inflamed on contact with substances that are known to cause allergic reaction. Many everyday materials can cause allergic reactions. Some of most common allergies are dust mites, pet dander, fabrics, seasonal pollen and some foods.

There are many elements. Known as ‘triggers’ in your everyday surroundings that can make your eczema flare up. As well as allergies riggers can also be linked to temperature motions and stress. Knowing your triggers is important for controlling eczema symptoms.

Calmness and relaxation

Stress can often rigger itchiness and lead to a major eczema flare-up. Learn o recognise potential situations that may cause your anxiety or worry and help them to keep calm. Always try to have some cunning relaxation or distraction techniques up you sleeve if you sense that an eczema flare-up is on its way. Keep active and distracted!

Fabulous fresh air

Eczematous skin can be sensitive to temperature. Try not to over heat the house. The body overheating can often bring on a flare-up. Some people like o keep their bedroom window open to allow a flow of fresh air at nigh and help to reduce the skin from drying out. Also before bedtime, a glass of water or a quick dose of fresh air whilst looking at the stars, can help to keep the skin moisturised during the night.

Comfortable clothing

Many people with eczema find cotton clothing and bedding preferable, as it is more comfortable than wool or synthetic fibers. Cotton is smooth and cool, as it allows the skin to breathe and prevents overheating.

Most people prefer 100% cotton, but some can tolerate a mixture of cotton and another material. Many people with eczema can also wear silk, linen or soft acrylic next to their skin.

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