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Herbal remedies and eczema treatment

Information on Eczema

Eczema is a medical condition which can be characterized as a chronic skin disorder. It is also sometimes referred to as infantile eczema, atopic dermatitis and atopic eczema. It usually involves skin rashes, itchiness, redness, scaling and dryness of the skin. Some cases of eczema may also involve the development of blister which may also be crusting or oozing. Eczema commonly affects the knees, elbows and the cheeks of a person. It affects infants more than it affects adults, but it may still reoccur in adulthood especially if the person is under stress or is exposed to chemical irritants and allergens. Adults usually suffer from eczema behind the knees or on the inner elbow. Those who suffer from eczema are commonly surrounded by family members who suffer from eczema as well, and in some cases also hay fever or asthma.

Natural Remedies for Eczema

Eczema can be treated fairly easily with certain types of natural remedies. The first such method discussed here are probiotics. Probiotics are a good type of bacteria. They are microbial organisms which occur naturally in the digestive tract of humans. Probiotics are very efficient in suppressing the growth of harmful types of bacteria, influencing the functioning of the immune system and strengthening the entire digestive tract. Pregnant and breastfeeding women also may use probiotics in the form of supplements because they have a very positive effect on the babies. Numerous scientific studies have shown that the use of probiotics in supplemental form may significantly reduce the incidence of eczema in infants. Probiotics may be very efficient in preventing eczema, but they may also come in very handy when it comes to treating an already existing eczema in children and infants. This may be applied especially in children who are sensitized to food allergens. The strain of probiotics which is used for the treatment of eczema most commonly is called Lactobacillus GG. There are also other types of strains and those include probiotic galacto-oligosaccharides, Bifidobacteria lactis, Lactobacillus reuteri, Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus fermentum VRI-033 PCC. One should always consult a doctor before using probiotics for the treatment of eczema. There are also numerous different types of herbal gels and creams made from herbal extract such as witch hazel, licorice or chamomile. These are designed to be applied topically on the affected areas of the skin. One should always consult a doctor before using such gels and creams for the treatment of eczema.

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