Home Remedies for Eczema
"Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. Each one of the substances in a person's diet, acts upon the body and changes it in some way, and upon these changes the whole life depends, whether in health, in sickness or convalescent."
Hippocrates 2 000 years ago.
Home Remedies for Eczema deals specifically with eczema as we call it, or as dermatologists refer to it .... atopic dermatitis.
Dermatitis is a general term for any type of inflammation of the skin which includes eczema.
Our mission is always to keep things simple and keep them real, so we are starting off by explaining (in simple terms) what the symptoms of eczema are.
What are the Symptoms of Eczema?
The inflammation of the skin which typicallly appears on the face, in the bends of the elbows and behind the knees, can produce the following symptoms.
- Crusting of the skin
- Serious itching
- Thickening of the skin
- In some cases weeping of the skin
What Causes Eczema?
There are several underlying problems which we have listed below that can lead to eczema.
But, whatever is causing the eczema, if the skin remains in constant contact with the irritant, the atopic dermatitis is likely to spread and become more severe.
- Food Allergies
- Skin Allergies to perfume, creams, ointments, gold or silver jewelery
Different Types of Eczema
Generally speaking this starts in childhood and is related to other diseases such as asthma.
It mostly, but not always, improves as the child gets older.
It can be treated with natural remedies, but a Doctor's advice is paramount and more so in persistent cases.
This form of Eczema tends to affect the hands, they become raw, red and cracked, which is influenced by soaps, detergents and solvents.
Allergic Contact Eczema
If your rash is caused by an allergy and not an irritant then your immune system is involved, so it kicks in thinking it is under attack, tries to fight the invader and causes the itchy rash.
Common culprits are nickel, chromium, lanolin resins, and certain plants (such as ragweed)
The rash is restricted to the area in contact with the culprits e.g in a band around the finger wearing a ring containing nickel.
This type of eczema is found in the areas of the skin rich in sebaceous glands (small oil producing glands in the skin of mammals) such as facem scalp and joint creases.
Lemon Juice Home Remedy
- Mix the juice of two lemons in a litre of boiling water, allow to cool and drink a glassful three times a day.
- Lemons contain Vitamin C which helps reduce damage toxins can do to the cells.
- It contains psoralens which is excellent for skin disorders such as eczema and acne.
How can I get rid of Eczema Naturally?
- Put one tablespoon of honey in a small bowl of warm water and wash the eczema affected areas.
- Don't dry the skin, let the mixture dry on the skin itself.
- Honey is a natural antibiotic and has been used for centuries in wound healing, it is also helpful for Erysipelas a skin infection that develops as a result of bacteria entering via a breakdown in the skin barrier.
- Read more about the excellent healing properties of honey and the different ways of healing with honey.
How do you Clear Up Eczema?
- Pound Geranium leaves and stems into a pulp and apply the juice to the affected area at least twice a day.
- The Geranium plant has natural antibiotic and antiviral properties and is a very effective wash for skin problems including acne and eczema.
- It will also help restore the natural balance to dry or oily skin.
What is the Best Cure for Eczema?
- Wash, pound and warm the leaves of a fresh green cabbage, then use a bandage to hold several layers of them in place on the affected areas every morning and night.
- There is no scientific evidence to support the claim, but like lotsa of other "old wives tales" it seems that this works!!
- Growing evidence shows that Aloe Vera in either form (namely the juice for drinking or a gel for topical use) is very beneficial for the control and soothing of eczema symptoms.
Apart from Olive Oil been well documented as an artery protector it is also one of the best medicines for dermatitis.
Olive oil has five anti-dermatitic compounds:
Add some calendula petals (also well known for the treatment of skin complaints) to your olive oil and apply topically to the affected areas.
- Treat yourself at least twice a week to some fatty fish like Salmon, Tuna, Mackerel and Sardines to help maintain a healthy skin and especially if you suffer from eczema.
- Some recent tests have shown that pregnant mother who have had this fatty fish twice a week decreased the risk of their newborn babes developing eczema.
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