Eczema Remedy - Easy and Effective Herbal Treatments
Author: Candy Willims
Eczema is a general term encompassing various inflammed skin conditions. One of the most common forms of eczema is atopic dermatitis Eczema is a chronic skin disorder / allergy usually characterized by scaly and itchy rashes.
Children are very prone to it. The severity of the disease can vary. In mild form, the skin is dry, hot and itchy, while in more severe forms the skin can become broken along with bleeding. Eczema is not contagious. Although it can occur just once, it generally keeps coming back or lasts the entire lifetime. Like many diseases, eczema currently cannot be cured. However, for most, the condition may be managed well with treatment and avoidance of triggers.
Although there is no known cause for the disease, it often affects people with a family history of allergies.
Those who are genetically predisposed and then exposed to environmental triggers may develop eczema. Many people who have eczema also suffer from allergic rhinitis and asthma.
What causes eczema is not known until date. It can be triggered by just about anything that comes in contact with the skin.
Some possible factors that worsen the condition -
# Exposure to water, temperature changes.
# Allergens such as nickel or yeast growth
# Upper respiratory tract infections.
# Certain soaps, detergents.
# Contact with juices from fresh fruits.
The triggers are not the same for every person and it is very difficult to find out the exact cause of a flare-up.
Eczema looks different from person to person - dry, red, extremely itchy patches on the skin most often characterize it. Eczema is sometimes referred to as "the itch that rashes," since the itch, when scratched, results in the appearance of a rash.
Eczema can occur on just about any part of the body; however, in infants, eczema typically occurs on the forehead, cheeks, forearms, legs, scalp, and neck. In adults, eczema occurs on the face, neck, and the insides of the elbows, knees, and ankles.
# The first symptom is intense itching followed by appearance of rashes. This causes a burning, tingling sensation.
# Blisters - if scratched, the blisters may ooze and become crusty and scaly.
# Infected skin area becomes abnormally dark or light in colour.
# Painful cracks may develop followed by bleeding.
# In some cases, there might be ear discharge
Effective treatment of eczema requires correct diagnosis of the allergen. Eczema cannot be cured in most cases, but it can be managed well and controlled.
Main aim of treatment is to relieve discomfort. It depends on the -
- age, health and medical history of patient.
- type and severity of eczema present.
Thus, acute rashes, dry scaly lesions, or chronic lesions are each treated differently.
Anything that aggravates the symptoms should be carefully avoided, whenever possible, including any allergens and irritants.
Dry skin often makes the condition worse. When washing or bathing, keep water contact as minimum as possible and use less soap. After bathing, it is important to trap the moisture in the skin by applying a moisturizing cream on the skin while it is damp. Treatment of bleeding lesions may include soothing moisturizers and wet dressings.
Mild anti-itch lotions help soothe less severe dry scaly lesions.
Corticosteroids may be prescribed by a doctor to reduce inflammation in some severe cases.
In very severe cases, alternate treatments such as chemotherapy, phototherapy may also be given.
Self care at home -
The best treatment is to remove the allergy-causing agent. Now this is quite a difficult task. You need to keep a track on your habits or go for a laboratory allergy testing.
# Prevent dry skin. Use a mild anti bacterial soap while bathing and follow it up with a moisturizer.
# Avoid scratching the rash, for it will only aggravate the irritation. Keep nails short.
# Cotton clothing and bedding keep the skin cool and allow it to breathe. Avoid synthetic fabrics and wool as they irritate.
# Avoid stress. Undertake light activity, eat healthy food - this will help prevent flare-ups.
Preventive steps -
# Keep the affected area clean and dry to avoid further breakdown. Avoid scratching.
# Avoid whatever causes a flare up of your eczema.
# Grind 1-tablespoon turmeric along with 1 tablespoon of neem leaves. Apply 2-3 times daily on the affected areas.
# Keep bedrooms, living areas free of dust mites (a common eczema causing agent).
# Apply a teaspoon of sandalwood paste mixed with a teaspoon of camphor to the affected area. It has a cooling effect.
# Drink tomato juice daily, it will cure the symptoms in a few days.
# Coconut oil to be applied to the portions with eczema.
# Carrot juice and spinach juice in combination is highly beneficial for eczema.
# Drink plenty of water.
# Sunbathing is beneficial as it kills the harmful bacteria.
# Papaya seeds mashed and applied on the infected area, will give relief from itching.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to treat eczema on my scalp?
I've had eczema since i was a kid, usually just in my elbows and fingers
but recently I've developed it on my scalp.
Now, i can't use my steroid cream on my scalp, obviously, but I was wondering
if there were any more natural treatments for my scalp,
and if there were some shampoos and conditioners that would be sensitive enough not to irritate my eczema?
Suggestions for treatment a 4 year old with eczema on her scalp in her hair?
Eczema is sometimes caused by eating things like shellfish, or sometimes caused by stress.
Here is how they treat eczema in Japan. It really works, I have seen two people improve his skin condition too.
You can get the water for free. Place a wanted add in Craigslist for 8.5 PH drinking water. Someone might answer the add, and be able to provide the 8.5 PH water and the 2.5 PH water to treat the skin.
Suffering from Psoriasis and Eczema... treatments that have helped you?
Hello, I have been suffering from eczema for the past 7 years or so on my face-- Mostly under my nose and around my mouth. Within the past year I found out I have psoriasis on my scalp starting from the back of my ears down to the base of my neck, mostly in my hair, but coming down my neck a bit. I have also recently developed these strange patches on my face that sort of look like acne, which i have NEVER had in my life, which is why i know they arent pimples and im guessing its the psoriasis.
Anyways, I have been looking for some home remedy's for treating your psoriasis. I have heard of people using olive oil but it makes my hair really greasy and is hard to wash out sometimes.
Also, have you found that an organic tea tree oil shampoo works for you? Im thinking about investing in one!
im 19 and its just driving me crazy. im thankful winter is almost over but like I can't wear t-shirts cause my skin is soo ugly.
I have been fighting eczema for years. I thought I had tried every treatment there was. Doctor after doctor prescribed me creams and pills. None of these ever did more than get rid of the symptoms. Now my eczema is gone thanks to natural remedies.
eczema scalp ! please help me?
Hi Im 13 Almost 14 And when i was little i would always get a quarter size of dry skin on the side of my knee and it would get a little bigger each year . It went away but now i have it on my back & its the same size as the one i had on my knee. about two months ago i started noticing dandruff and then i started noticing dry skin on my hair line .. its everywere now and its very embaressing for me becasue i cant hide it . no shampoo works ! nothing works .. please help me if you have had it on the scalp ! i really need a treatment for this !
Curly haireds- why do people find the "no poo" regimen weird and gross?
I've read a lot of information regarding curly hair and the benefits of not using shampoo for your scalp and hair. You need to read the ingredients and find out exactly what is going onto your skin, just as you would with what you eat, drink, what medicines, lotions, etc. So why is it whenever someone mentioned they only use conditioner and a scalp treatment for their hair, it's gross and apparently their head must smell?
I know of some shampoos which aren't really "shampoos" but are organic mixtures which don't lather that are better for your scalp and hair. They don't contain the surfactants or harsh ingredients, but even that is seen as gross.
I haven't used shampoo in two months and everyone tells me my hair and scalp smell and look clean-- even my doctor was impressed! I get bad dandruff every now and then, which turns out is actually eczema on my scalp.
Why are there so many misconceptions regarding this? Is it just me? Has anyone else run into these problems?
I think it's only gross if you don't clean your hair and scalp properly. You can still have gross hair after using shampoo-- my hair used to still be oily all the time even when I shampooed, because I didn't cleanse my scalp properly.
idk but its rely stupid. its only gross if you have normal-oily hair. if you hair is dry, your hair needs the extra moisture.
My scalp is itchy and peeling!!!!! :'(?
My scalp is itchy and peeling!!!!!!
I need a treatment asap!!!! I'm tired of having this itchy and peeling scalp!!!
It all happened because of dyeing my hair using a product my friend suggested. I had no allergic reaction to it when I was doing the test, but it started itching like crazy a few days after I dyed my hair. I've tried a lot of dandruff shampoos like Head and Shoulders. They only heal my scalp a little bit, but it's still itchy and it comes back with full force. I've had it for five months or so. Is this considered Psoraisis? Not to mention, I also have eczema on my hands.
Please list treatments for an itchy and peeling scalp. Please list the ones you've personally tried or a friend has tried and worked. I'm only 18 so of course I can't afford anything expensive. Please list home remedies. I'm going to try those first.
i have bad ezecama on my ears and now scalp. i have had homeopathic treatment. but no money for anymore.?
the homeopathic treatment was working but unable to continue. any other ideas..? sometimes on my ears it weeps. is tis eczema..?
I suffer with mild eczema around my nose and forehead and use emollient cream most days (Cetraben) - this keeps it moist and subtle without the area drying out....and does improve it. However I have another cream that contains steroid (mild) - this is only used on bad days, if I'm run down or ill since its during this time my eczema becomes more of a problem. I also find just skimping for one day without cleansing the area can bring about inflammation.
There are products on the market that moisturises scalps, however if you're sure it is eczema then I would advise you to visit your doctor to see what medication can be used on your scalp.
The cream I use, depending where you are, is purchased from Sainsbury and the steriod base cream is from my doctor.