Eczema

Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

Symptoms Include:

– 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.
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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.

3 thoughts on “Eczema

  1. I personally just started getting Eczema in the last couple years and I don’t really know much about it or why i would even get it this late in life but this opened my eyes a bit more. I drink milk and eat cheese and eggs more than anybody. and I have my whole life so maybe that has something to do with it. It’s also good to know that aloe vera can help i wasnt sure if i needed medication or something. Thanks for the info Alicia this one helped me lots 🙂 xoxo

    • Hey Dana, I would check to see if you have started using any skin care products, including laundry soap, lotions, shampoo, etc.. that you haven’t used before and eliminate them to see if it could be from that. If that doesn’t work I would definitely suggest to eliminate eggs, this isn’t always easy eggs are found in many, many foods like bread, cookies, cakes, etc.. Read labels and get rid of eggs all together for at least 2-4 weeks. It might seem like a trying task but if it’s all you need to figure out whats up, will be well worth it. Good luck and let me know if I can help.

      Alicia

      • That’s funny you said eggs because Ive been eating eggs way more than ever these days. Almost everyday we make something with eggs. So that will be hard. Not to mention the things I’m eating that i don’t know has eggs in it. But ill give it a shot for sure and see if that helps. And it definitely makes sense now too so thanks Alicia 🙂

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