It is a form of dermatitis, more specifically, an itchy inflammation of theskin. It is most often seen in children, but it can first appear later in life.It can affect any area, but it mostly affects a person’s arms and the areabehind the knees. It has periods of flaring up, and then subsiding.
Causes of Eczema
The exact cause of eczema is yet unknown, but the expert dermatologists dobelieve it to be a combination of the body’s immune system malfunction and dryor irritated skin. And, it has been proven that stress or some other emotionaldisorder may worsen the symptoms of eczema. However, there are a few things that may, if not cause, than contribute to theeczema appearing:Genetic makeup of a person. If someone in a person’s family suffers from hayfever, asthma, etc. there is an increased risk of them getting eczema.Insufficient levels of vitamin and minerals in the body. Scientists have identifiedthe lack of vitamin B6 as the cause for some cases of eczema.Allergens. If a person has been exposed to allergens such as detergents and smoke, etc, they may be in greater risk of developing this skin condition.
The symptoms of eczema are: itchy feelings that may besevere, thickened skin, raw, sensitive skin from scratching, red tobrownish-gray patches on the skin, small bumps that may leak some fluid whenscratched, etc.
The best way of preventing this condition is to prevent dry skin. And that canbe accomplished by bathing less frequently, using mild soaps, drying oneselfcarefully (without rubbing too hard), using moisturizing crèmes, or baby oil,to keep the water from escaping.
If not treated, eczema may lead to many other skin conditions, such asneurodermatitis, skin infections (in some cases, mild form of infections causedby eczema that appears is impetigo), and eye complications (when the eye getsinflamed and that may lead to permanent eye damage), etc.
Natural Treatment for Eczema
The doctor will, if consulted, usually prescribe antibiotics (if a person has abacterial skin infection or an open sore), corticosteroid ointments, oral antihistaminesor oral corticosteroids, etc.
There is, however, a natural way of fighting eczema, so theperson might choose whether they will go to the doctor’s or try and treat it ontheir own.
The natural remedies for this condition include:Eating foods rich in essential fatty acids (like hemp seed), combined withgreen, leafy vegetables. They are rich in vitamins and minerals that arenecessary to get rid of eczema and healing the skin damage.Ingesting Aloe Vera or applying it externally. It provides balance to one’simmune system.Chamomile, evening primrose oil, and borage seed oil are all possibleways to treat eczema.