Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
– Chronic itchy, inflamed skin.
– Skin is very dry, red and scaly
– Skin has cracks and weeps
– Darkened and hardened areas of thickened skin from scratching and rubbing. Skin with accentuated furrows, mostly seen on the front of the wrist and elbows and the back of the knees.
Where it generally displays itself on your body
– Infancy – Eczema will display itself on the face, behind the ears and on the trunk.
– Childhood – Eczema will generally display itself in the back of the knees and front of the elbows, wrists, and ankles.
– Adults – Eczema will generally involve the face and trunk
Eczema can resolve and return, and many children seem to grow out of it.
Two Types of Eczema
Allergic Eczema – This is when the body develops eczema as a reaction to a certain allergen (something you are allergic to), such as a type of food in the diet. Since allergies are often inhertied, there is also a tendency for Eczema to be hereditary.
Irritant Contact Eczema – This is when Eczema is triggered following direct skin contact with certain irritants such as Laundry soap, body care products, household cleaners, metals and chemicals. Some known chemicals that trigger Eczema are Chlorine, Fragrances, Mineral Oils, Pesticides, Pharmaceutical Drugs, Plastics, Solvents, Toxic Metals.
Powerful Drugs like steroids are generally prescribed to treat Eczema. The issue here is that you are going to experience all the unwanted side effects such as thinner skin, increase risk of infection as these drugs also have immune suppressive side effects. While these drugs may be effective in the short term to alleviate some of the symptoms they do nothing to correct the issue or prevent it from happening again.
The elimination of food allergy is the primary goal in dealing with Eczema. Although any food or food additive can trigger Eczema, eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, soy and wheat appear to be the most common food allergies. In one study, eggs, milk and peanuts accounted for 81% of all cases of childhood eczema.
Because Eczema can be tiring on your Immune system it’s important to have proper Immune function nutrients such as: Vitamins A, B6, C, D, E, biotin and folic acid, the minerals magnesium, zinc, iron, and vitamin A
Avoid Dairy products (cows milk, cheese, cream, etc)
Other natural and herbal remedies:
– Aloe Vera as a gel should be applied as needed, as a juice should be drank 1-8 ounces per day.
– Burdock as a tea: decoct 1 teaspoon (5grams) of the dried root in a cup of water, and drink three times a day. In pill form: take 1-2g of the dried root threes times a day. In a tinture: 2-4ml a day up to 2-4 ml three times a day.
– Garlic fresh minced use about 2,700-4,000mg per day (approx 1 clove of garlic is 4,000mg), as a supplement 200-300mg of garlic power three times per day. If using a pill of aged garlic dosage should be 300-800mg per day.
– Ginger as a tea using fresh or dried ginger decoct 2-4g in a cup of water, and drink two to four times per day. As a captule or tablet try taking 500mg two to four times a day.
It is especially important to eat plenty fresh, raw fruit and vegetables, drink plenty of water and herbal teas, and eat a lot of protein, particularly vegetable protein such as beans and seeds.
It is also important to avoid rough-textured clothing, wash clothing with a mild, hypoallergenic soap. Try to use organic, color-free, paraben-free, sulphite-free soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, etc..
This is a general guide to Eczema, it does not take into account persons specific allergies or other issues that are going on inside the body. Each person is biochemically unique.
This information is for educational purposes only.