Eczema is a very common skin condition that affects around 15% of the population worldwide. The numbers are probably greater for those that suffer from it just once or twice in their life though. In this article, I am giong to talk about eczema and how to treat this skin disorder effectively. Most of the treatments are going to be home remedies that anyone can do within the comfort of their home.
What is eczema?
Eczema is actually a number of things but the most common problem that people have when it comes to dermatitis is red, inflamed, itchy skin. Usually, this is found on the face, in the folds of the knees and elbows and on the palms of the hands. What happens is little polups form on the skin which looks like a rash. It becomes very itchy causing the person to scratch the affected area which in turn causes it to bleed. Eczema can be very uncomfortable.
What Causes Eczema?
Although dermatitis can be caused by a variety of things including environmental factors like wind and heat or psychological factors like stress, the primary cause of eczema seems to be allergens. This can be food based or environment based (like contact with gold, nickel or rubber, ect). The best way to prevent eczema is to find what things trigger it. This can be done via a allergy test or could be done on your own by trial and error.
If left untreated, dermatitis can form into a chronic condition....
There are rarer causes of dermatitis as well such as digestive problems. One that has been identified by researchers is known as the leaky gut syndrome. Basically, what happens here is that the food particles actually leak out of the intestines and into the blood stream. The result is allergens that travel throughout the body unhindered and possibly provoke an allergic reaction.
If this is the case, then the best treatment would be by a professional doctor.
Some Natural Treatments of Dermititis
Because eczema is largely due to allergens that inflame the skin, the best possible treatments would be to eat things that will reduce inflammation. This could be a wide range of foods (provided that you aren't allergic to them) such as fish (for the omega 3's), leafy bright vegetables (such as brocolli) and fruits (like berries). All of these have medicinal properties that should help to reduce inflammation overall in the body.
Of course, a clean diet will do the same thing.
Other things that may help treat eczema include:
- Gotu Kola
- Vitamin E (and foods rich in vitamin E)
- Wild Pansy
- Grape Seed Extract
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