Want to skip over-the-counter eczema remedies and look for a natural eczema treatment?
Eczema is a persistent inflammation of the skin's outer layer. It usually appears during childhood and can be a lifelong problem. Affected areas are often itchy and appear as tiny, red and shiny scales.
Unlike fungal infections, eczema is not contagious and neither is it caused by external factors. The root cause of this condition is an over reactive immune system. Some people are genetically disposed to developing eczema.
The most common form of eczema in children is atopic dermatitis, which affects the skin at the joints. For adults, itchy patches tend to appear on the palms and soles. Eczema is classified into mild, moderate and severe cases, where the skin can be scaly, flaky, red, raw, and wet from fluid discharge.
Sometimes, the raw skin may lead to bacterial infection. The condition can be worsened by exposure to specific environmental factors like dust, heat, and sunlight. Sweat is also a common aggravating factor. There is a limit to the activities that eczema sufferers can participate in, like sports and other outdoor activities. A diet consisting of whole, unprocessed foods, fresh juices, fruits and raw vegetables, seeds and grains, and lots of water is recommended for eczema patients. Avoid excessive junk foods, sweets and candies.
Treatment for eczema involves recognising the factors that aggravate the condition and avoiding these triggers. Topical medication is also used to control the inflammation. This includes moisturisers to counteract the dryness, cortisone tablets and steroid-based creams.
Natural remedies for eczema treatment include:
1. Apply honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts.
2. Squeeze half a lime and mix with a teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water. Take it the first thing in the morning for a few weeks or until the symptoms cease.
3. Take one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with a teaspoon of honey in a glass of water three times a day, with meals.
4. Scientists have discovered that Manuka Honey contains exceptionally powerful healing properties. It not only heals damaged skin in extremely severe cases of eczema , eliminate the dry botches, but it also has the ability to regenerate new skin growth. In addition, Manuka Honey also has strong antibacterial properties which helps prevents infection when the protective skin barrier is destroyed.
Instructions: Take 1 teaspoon of Manuka honey, 2-3 times daily. For seriously infected skin, apply Manuka honey as a topical ointment on affected area twice a day.
These natural remedies usually do not yield obvious results in days, but most people are able to see long-lasting benefits in a few to several weeks, depending on how responsive one's body is.
1. More resource on healing for troubled skin - a book written by Christina Nevada, a 20-year pioneer in the field of naturopathic dermatology specializing in eczema research and former eczema sufferer.
2. A simple, all natural eczema remedy with beeswax for relieving dry, itchy skin and protecting delicate skin: Natural Eczema Remedy with Beeswax
3. Check out helpful resource on baby skin discoloration and birthmarks at Mom Loves Best.