Natural Remedies for Eczema

A condition cause by inflammation, eczema is characterized by itchy, red, dry and cracked skin. It can appear on any part of the body, but is most often seen on the face, neck, elbows, wrists, groin, knees and ankles. Those who get eczema are at an increased risk of developing allergies, asthma and hay fever. It runs in families as certain genes cause extra-sensitivity in skin as well as an over active immune system. Eczema is often triggered by stress, contact dermatitis, heat, cold, dryness, and dry skin. It is often chronic.

How do I know if I have eczema?

  • You will develop patches of itchy, dry and thickened skin on the hands, face, neck and legs.
  • If scratched this skin may open and then crust over.

Call a doctor if:

  • You develop a yellowish brown crust
  • You develop puss filled blisters
  • You are exposed to anyone with things like cold sores or herpes during a break out.
  • You develop small, fluid-filled blisters in areas of break out.

 

How can I prevent eczema?

You cannot prevent eczema, but you can help to control your symptoms and prevent flare-ups.

  • Get an allergy test! This will tell you both food and environmental allergies to avoid. And if you can’t afford one keep a journal and note down anything that aggravates your symptoms.
  • Avoid stresses as much as possible. Stress just makes symptoms worse.

 

How can I treat eczema?

  • Look at the labels on your shower and bath products. Get rid of anything with SLS in it. Stick to products as organic as possible.
  • Add probiotics to your food. They help to suppress the grown of harmful bacteria and strengthen immune function.
  • Use herbal creams and gels with extracts of chamomile, licorice and witch hazel. But be careful, keep an eye out for an allergic reaction.
  • Moisturize your skin using products that are as natural as possible such as cocoa butter, sweet almond carrier oil, and aloe vera.
  • Take a supplement full of fatty acids and antioxidants that improve skin. Look for one with Omega’s 3, 6 and 9 and Vitamins C, E and D.
  • Trade out lactose products for goat, sheep and buffalo products.
  • Change your laundry detergents and softeners. Look for ones that are hypoallergenic and safe for kids.
  • Use calendula cream. It comes with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
  • Use a sea salt bath. It helps to exfoliate and restore your skin. 2 cups of salts in a warm but not hot bath.
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