Eczema is a medical condition that causes the skin to be inflamed or irritated. About 20 to 30 percent of infants and young children are affected. Although most people outgrow this condition by 13 years old, some people may continue to have symptoms occasionally throughout their lives.
In eczema there is redness, localized swelling and sometimes watery discharges from the lesions that leave behind raw surfaces. Those who suffer from eczema experience severe itchiness in the affected area which often becomes worse at night.
The exact cause of eczema is unknown although there are various theories which suggest that this disorder may be caused by a disturbed metabolism, nutritional allergies, stress or an autoimmune dysfunction. However it is also believed by some that the accumulation of toxins in the body, and their inadequate elimination, or a blockage in their elimination, leads to eczema. Atopic Dermatitis is the most common type of eczema in children. They often develop red rashes on certain portions of the skin. These rashes are extremely itchy and often secret a sticky fluid. Contact Dermatitis develops when the skin react to certain allergens found in detergents, shower gel, chemicals and pollutants. The affected skin becomes deep red in color and swells. Oozing is also a common symptom in Contact Dermatitis. Seborrheic Dermatitis is common in extreme climate condition. In most cases, Seborrheic Dermatitis first affects the scalp of the person and spreads to the hands and face. The affected area becomes extremely itchy and swollen. Sometimes, the patient may experience a severe burning sensation also.
Treatment of eczema can be purchased in most pharmacy. Hydrocortisone cream, or antihistamines can be purchased to reduce itching and swelling of the affected area. However, you can also try some home remedies to relieve or treat eczema.
- Aloe Vera gel can be used to apply on the affected area. Leave it on for a few hours to facilitate absorption. Its cooling effect can help reduce swelling and itch
- Apply a paste made with a tablespoon of fresh, crushed neem leaf and a teaspoon of turmeric powder. If possible, use a fresh turmeric root. Add a spoonful of sesame-seed oil. Apply once a day to reduce inflammation.
- Other natural cures include the application of paste made from oatmeal, ripe mashed banana or simply by applying extra virgin coconut oil on the affected area.
- If you have eczema on the feet. Try soaking your feet in a tub of warm water and add a few drops of witch hazel. The warm water will improve blood circulation on the feet while the witch hazel will reduce any inflammation.
- You can also soak your feet in a warm tub of water with moss agate crystals. Many people have cured their eczema by using this crystal. The moss agate water has anti- inflammatory properties and helps to speed up recovery.
Lastly, moderate your diet and avoid wheat and gluten. Other foods that trigger eczema are seafood, eggs, artificial preservatives and food coloring. Eat yogurt since the probiotics that are found in live culture yogurt can help boost your immune system, making you less likely to break out. You can also include other natural food like flaxseed oil, coconut oil and other supplements like Primrose oil. These supplements contain the essential and fatty acids necessary to keep the skin moisturized to avoid flare up. It is also important to keep an active lifestyle with lots of yoga exercise and meditation since skin conditions are often linked to psychological stress.