What is eczema
Eczema is a dermatological condition, an inflammation of the upper layer of the skin. Its exact cause is still unknown but most scientists link it to the immune system’s inadequate response to different triggers.
Eczema affects around 1 percent of the population. Some studies have shown that there is a connection between family history of allergies and asthma and eczema flare-ups.
The symptoms of eczema vary from mild to severe, with itching, inflammation and flaking of the skin. Scratching makes the symptoms worse. It usually affects face and chest but it can also appear on other parts of the body.
The treatment for eczema usually consists of medications like cortisone and antibiotics. However, there are other, healthier and safer ways to treat and cure eczema and alleviate its symptoms.
Natural treatment of eczema
One of the most productive ways to treat eczema and prevent its flare-ups is to identify what is triggering it. In most cases the trigger is something a person eats or drinks regularly in their diet. It is not easy to determine the exact trigger but once it is done the flare-ups will be much less frequent and certainly milder. This can be done by excluding one food completely from the diet for ten days. If the symptoms subside during that period, it means that the food excluded is the trigger.
Many natural oils have anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to treat eczema. Such oils can include borage, primrose oil or fish oil. It is also recommended to include sources of omega-6 essential oil in the diet, like nuts, fatty fish and seeds.
Stress reduction is another important factor for fighting eczema. Each person should try different methods of relaxation and find out what suits him or her the most. It can be yoga, walking, exercise, meditation, aromatherapy, breathing techniques, and many other ways.
Zinc is an essential mineral that is very beneficial for the skin, so people who suffer from eczema should start taking zinc supplements.
Persons who have eczema should shower rather than bathe, and they should use warm, not hot water. The fabrics of the clothes and sheets should be made from natural fabrics, like cotton. If the eczema is particularly itchy, it is recommended to wear cotton socks and gloves at night because unconscious scratching can worsen the symptoms.
Skin affected by eczema can greatly benefit from fresh air and sun, making sure not to get burned.