How to Get Rid of Eczema Yourself
The symptoms of eczema can be very distressing to sufferers. It usually itches uncomfortably and causes redness, blisters, thickened and rough skin, as well as small bumps on the neck, forehead and cheeks. Eczema is usually caused by an allergic reaction so sometimes, if the allergy is identified and treated, the eczema may go way permanently without further treatment. Meanwhile, as well as medications that you can buy from drug stores, there are low-cost, home remedies that you can try in your attempt to find cures for eczema.
What is Eczema?
Eczema is actually a group of skin conditions with different causes and it can affect people of all ages, although youngsters are particularly prone to it. No type of eczema is contagious, however.
Try to Eliminate the Causes of Eczema and Take Preventative Measures
Sometimes the cause of eczema is hereditary and, especially if a parent suffers from both asthma and eczema, you should to consult a doctor to ask about what is best for any offspring, as they are likely to develop it too. Eczema can be caused, or exacerbated, by allergic reactions. It can develop with age as the body's sebum (which helps keep the skin moist) levels decrease. Long-term exposure to harsh weather can be a factor too. Poor vitamin B levels and bad circulation are other possible causes of eczema. Consulting your doctor to see if they can tell you what is causing your eczema may help you to cure it.
Things like stress, chemicals, heat, cosmetics, detergents and smoke can aggravate eczema conditions, so it's important to stay away from as many of these irritants as possible. If the eczema is caused solely by an allergy, a simple change of clothes detergent, or soap product, may get rid of the problem. Use mild detergents and soaps instead. Rinse clothes and skin thoroughly too to get rid of any soapy residues. Think about what your skin is coming into contact with and what might be causing your eczema. Shower if you have been in a smoky atmosphere and wash chemicals, such as solvents, off the skin as soon as possible.
It is better to shower, rather than bathe, as it will dry your skin out less. Moisturize your skin with a mild, non-fragranced lotion. Avoid tight or itchy clothing and resist the temptation to scratch the skin as this will make the problem worse.
Creams and Lotions from the Drugstore
Steroid creams containing hydro-cortisone, which can be bought without a prescription, can be used to treat eczema topically. You apply calamine lotion, or a similar sort of menthol/camphor type lotion, to relieve eczema symptoms as it is cooling and mild. You need to be consistent in your application of these creams and lotions, however, for them to cure your eczema. Make sure you get into the daily routine of gently rubbing them into the affected area until the eczema clears up.
Natural Home Remedies
Many people prefer to use natural home remedies to treat their eczema as creams containing steroids suppress the immune system and can thin the skin in the long-term as well as cause pituitary gland problems and skin infections. There are many natural treatments that you can try. Some people use virgin coconut oil topically to treat their eczema. It is an excellent skin moisturizer from a natural plant source and has been used a skin moisturizer for centuries. It is rich in vitamins and has anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties too, which makes it particularly suitable for curing eczema.
For other home-based eczema remedies, you could try applying a cooling lotion made from sweet almond oil mixed with cucumber juice in the hot months. Try using a more warming lotion to treat your eczema during the winter made from several drops of essential ginger oil and a little coconut milk, or water, mixed with a spoon of olive oil. A teaspoon of sandalwood paste mixed with a teaspoon of camphor makes a paste that can be applied topically to relieve eczema symptoms. Natural vitamin E and nutmeg paste can also help when rubbed gently into the affected area. Some people swear by drinking tomato juice daily to get rid of eczema quickly. Mashed papaya seeds, a paste made from equal parts of turmeric powder and bitter neem leaves and mud-packs can all help to cure eczema.
Whether you use creams and lotions from drugstores, or prefer to use your own home remedies to treat eczema, discovering the causes of your particular case eczema is key to getting rid of it for good. Some cures for eczema might work well for one person, but not for another, as the underlying causes of this skin condition are so varied. It's all very well applying lots of natural, homemade treatments but if, for example, you are still using a clothes detergent you are allergic to, it will be difficult, if not impossible to cure your eczema. Thinking about possible causes, along with persistence and experimentation, is the key to treating and preventing eczema.