Eczema is a skin condition characterized by inflammatory itching and the formation of scales. There are many different types of eczema. The most common form results in very dry, itchy, hot and painful skin. The skin may develop weeping blisters that dry into scabs or crusts.
Atopic eczema is the most common form and is a hereditary condition. People with atopic eczema are sensitive to allergens in the environment. In atopic eczema there is an excessive reaction by the immune system which produces irritated and sore skin. Associated atopic conditions are hay fever, asthma and sinus problems.
Infantile seborhoeic eczema affects babies under 12 months old. It is also called cradle cap. It starts on the scalp and can spread rapidly. It looks awful but is not harmful for the child.
Adult seborrhoeic eczema affects adults between the ages of 20 and 40. Since it is usually seen on the scalp it is often mistaken as dandruff, but can spread to face, ears and chest the skin becomes red and itchy as well as inflamed and starts to flake.
Varicose eczema affects legs of those in their middle to late years. The skin around the ankle becomes infected, itchy and inflamed.
Discoid eczema starts and then progressed to a more defined pattern of red itchy spots on the lower trunk. They itch and become weepy.
Dermatitis develops when the immune system reacts badly to a substance contact with the skin. It may be gold plating and nickel or silver. The rash reaction might as well occur after contact with chemical containing shampoos, perfumes or hairspray.
Irritant contact dermatitis is caused by frequent contact with every day substances and chemicals (often commercial household cleaners).
What are the Causes?
The causes of eczema are many and depend on the particular type of eczema the person suffers from. Many forms of allergies, including food allergies and chemical sensitivities may cause eczema. The immune system might overact to certain substances. In some cases it may be hereditary. It may be caused by contact with metal alloys such as gold, silver and nickel, perfumes, cosmetics, shampoo and medicated creams as well as soaps, detergent and cleaning compounds. Other causes may be certain plants. Stress and lack of important nutrients is often a factor in skin diseases. Some eczema might be caused by the overgrowth of bad intestinal flora or food allergies. Extreme weather conditions can influence eczema as well.
Medical treatments often include steroid creams and antihistamines. Here are alternative recommendations:
- Practice stress management.
- Apply organic extra virgin coconut oil to speed healing.
- Eliminate all possible chemical irritants. Change to chemical-free household and skincare products.
- Apply a mixture of goldenseal root powder with Vitamin E oil (pierce a capsule) and constantly moisturize with a chemical-free moisturizer.
- Many people have seen results with oatmeal baths, baking soda or Epsom bath salts.
Eliminate possible allergies and only introduce them slowly back into the diet one at a time. Offenders might be: Wheat/gluten, cow dairy, sugar, coffee, white flour, fried food, processed foods, some fruits, chocolate, peas, beans, peaches, grains and eggs.
Supplementation for Eczema
Ultimately, reducing stress or removing the allergenic food or chemical will often eliminate eczema. Increasing your resistance to stress – biological, chemical and psychological – however can be assisted with proper supplementation.
B Complex: It is needed for healthy skin, aids in the reproduction of all cells and increases circulation.
Vitamin C: Needed for repairing collagen and increasing immunity.
Cordyceps: The ultimate adaptogen for increasing resistance to stress, increasing immunity, and defending the skin against abnormalities.
Zinc Picolinate 15mg: Crucial for repairing skin.
Fish Oil: Essential fatty acids help inflammation and promotes lubrication of the skin.
Complete Probiotics by Mercola: Up to 80% of your immune system is in your digestive tract.
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