Eczema describes a number of skin conditions that include increased inflammation of the skin, leading to patches of redness that are itchy and often scaly/bleeding. Eczema usually occurs in very
young children, although it is also known to occur quite commonly during puberty and less commonly in adulthood. Traditional treatment involves the use of a variety of medications, including
antihistamines, steroids, and mast cell inhibitors. While these drugs can be effective, they also come with a myriad of unpleasant side effects. As long as you are not at risk of suffering from any
severe complications, natural home eczema remedies
a can help you to manage eczema without any side effects.
Oatmeal For Eczema
Oats work by forming a protective layer over your skin, which helps to keep it moisturized. You can either use oats as they come in the box, or it is better to put them in a blender to form a
powder. If you don't have a blender or food processor, then you can always buy oats in the powder form in your local supermarket. To use the oatmeal, just add a couple of handfuls with your bath
You can either mix the oats into the bath with your hands, or pour it under the tap while it is still running. Make sure the water is as warm as is comfortable. If it's too cool, less of the oats
will be suspended in the water and more of it will collect at the bottom of the tub. Use oatmeal baths for at least 3 weeks (and at least 3 days per week) before deciding whether it works for you
or not. One of the good things about this natural remedy for eczema is that you can use it as often as you like. I have a client who used it 3 times per day to get a handle on her itching, though
she didn't have to continue this way for long. Eventually she managed to taper down her use to just once per week.
Change In Lifestyle
While you are finding out about how to cure eczema
, you might come across the fact that in very few cases, symptoms of eczema pop up in
response to one specific trigger. In the vast majority of cases however, it is due to the combined effect of a number of different triggers. By implementing certain lifestyle and dietary changes,
you can quite easily keep those symptoms at bay, no matter how bad your eczema is.
As with many illnesses that are triggered/worsened by lifestyle practices, it is helpful if you keep a diary of the foods you eat, your daily activities, and the severity of your symptoms. Over the
course of a week, or even a few days, you are likely to discover a link between certain triggers and your eczema flare-ups. Such triggers can be anything even as seemingly small as stress, or
perhaps the consumption of animal products. By reducing your exposure to these etiological factors, you can quite easily avert those flare up, or even cure yourself of your symptoms completely.
Where you eliminate one form of food from your diet to help with your eczema, be sure to replace it with another type of food that contains a similar or better nutrient content. Generally, you
can't go wrong with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Be aware of the type of detergents you use, as most commercial detergents contain harsh chemicals that can irritate your skin. Fabric softeners are also common triggers of eczema, since they are
usually quite heavily laden with perfume. Although studies have reported only 25% of eczema cases to be caused by diet, I am of the firm believe that dietary changes can help to at least reduce the
symptoms of eczema in absolutely EVERY eczema sufferer. Avoid eating out in general, and avoid all junk food. Eat more natural whole foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables - either lightly
steamed or uncooked. Over a period of time, provided you implement the above methods, you will find that you get fewer flare-ups, and that the condition of your skin is improving far beyond that
provided by conventional medicine alone.
Natural treatments for eczema are very effective, and in most cases they are all you need to get rid of your symptoms forever. Before you do use them however, it is important to see your doctor to
ensure you don't have any complications like a severe skin infection. Sometimes it can be harmful to combine natural therapies with conventional creams/drugs, so always seek the advice of your
doctor before you start treating yourself naturally.
Only a doctor can tell you if there is a reason trying a certain home treatment may be unsafe for you. Natural home remedies for eczema can give you some amazing results, but the best results will
occur over a period of days, or more likely weeks, after combining a number of different methods. If your symptoms are particularly bad, then it wouldn't hurt to use medical drugs, at least
temporarily to arrest those symptoms quicker. Oral steroids for example, can get working as quickly as 8 hours after administration. With your doctor's permission, you can combine conventional
treatment with natural remedies to help resolve your symptoms more quickly and more effectively.