Eczema or dermatitis is an inflammatory problem of the skin, known for dry and itchy skin (in milder forms). However, more severe cases of eczema may also lead to bleeding and oozing skin lesions. This condition is not contagious and can’t be transmitted to anyone else, but it is also chronic problem which is not curable by the knowledge of current conventional medicine.
Types of Eczema
There are two most commonly found types of eczema: atopic and contact eczemas. Atopic is more frequent and it can develop soon after birth or at early childhood, especially if someone in the family has this problem, asthma or hay fever. All these conditions are associated with atopic eczema and the child could have genetic predisposition to this skin condition. Another common eczema in adult patients is of contact type. Metals such as nickel, soaps, perfumes or detergents may irritate the skin and cause development of contact eczema.
Eczema Medical Therapy
Conventional treatment consists of emollients, antihistamines for itching and steroid drugs (either topical creams or tablets) for inflammation of the skin.Corticosteroids may prove to be inefficient in some cases. Patients could have serious adverse effects, including: nausea, vomiting, peptic ulcers, weight gain because of fluid retention and increased appetite, hypertension, osteoporosis or tachyphylaxis (decreased response to the same dose of corticosteroid drugs). There might also be some skin difficulties after the use of these drugs, growth retardation as well as some severe eye problems (glaucoma, cataract).Can Chinese Medicine Help?
Traditional Chinese medicine also known just as TCM consists of herbal medicine, acupuncture, acupressure and massage and also some diet cures. IT has been in used for 3.000 years and has been proven to successfully treat different health problems, including eczema.
Every patient will be diagnosed for the cause of the eczema and only then treated. According to TCM, eczema may be caused by some hereditary problems with the lung or kidneys, stress, tension or anxiety affecting the liver, improper eating habits negatively affecting the spleen or yeast overgrowth due to the use of antibiotics or some other liver-toxic drugs.
TCM practitioner may prescribe different herbs and acupuncture to clear the heat and dampness and detoxify the patient’s body. They generally tend to treat organs associated with eczema: liver, spleen, lungs, stomach or kidneys. Dietary treatment is yet another option and you will probably get what you have to eat and what to avoid after your consultation with TCM practitioner. Every patient will get his or her own set of dietary rules for eczema treatment.