Considered to be a chronic skin disorder, eczema and its symptoms differ from individual to individual. While the condition can cause mild symptoms like rashes and itchy patches on the skin for some individuals, it can lead to severe flare ups characterized by open or oozing pores in others. Severe cases of eczema can be very unsightly and troublesome to deal with.
Eczema is usually triggered by allergens found in certain foods or products. Certain airborne allergens could also contribute to eczema in individuals. And in some cases, poor dietary and lifestyle habits are also considered as culprits that contribute to eczema indirectly.
Eczema is usually treated with the help of topical or oral medications ranging from creams to drugs and even steroids. Even though these medications would help offer relief from the condition and its annoying symptoms, they may cause unnecessary side effects in the long run.A chronic skin condition like eczema can be effectively controlled by a few natural remedies though which would both be effective in curbing the condition and not cause any side effects to the body in the process. These natural remedies are often considered in cases where the medications seem to have little or no effect on the condition and its symptoms.
Simple And Effective Natural Remedies For Eczema
Here are some of the best known natural remedies for eczema.Following even a few of these remedies would definitely get you on the right track in combating a bothersome condition like eczema.
Stay Away From Triggers
Before attempting to find a cure for eczema, you need to ascertain the possible allergens that could cause (or contribute to) these flare ups. The allergens may be in the foods you eat, the clothes you wear, the skin care products that you use or even the house cleaning products that you employ. Even slight contact of these allergens can cause mild to severe eczema flare ups which would be very difficult to handle.
The best option in this case would be to have a diary where you can note down instances when you experienced eczema flare-ups and what you ate, wore and came in direct contact with that day. Keep noting these flare-ups and the other details on a regular basis.
With time, you would be able to eliminate the other factors while zeroing in on the points that seem to cause the flare up (these points would feature in all the instances you had a flare up and noted it down in the diary). This in turn would make you stay away from these so called allergens, thereby preventing recurrent eczema flare-ups to a great extent.
Accordingly,certain common triggers of eczema include processed foods, artificial sweeteners, fruits and vegetables that are chemically sprayed, sugary foods and skin care products that contain alcohol as an ingredient etc. Staying away from these allergens can help curb eczema to a great extent.
Get An Allergy Test Done
A so called Allergy Test is usually done to identify potential allergens that may directly or indirectly contribute to eczema flare-ups in individuals. If you have trouble identifying the allergens yourself, opt for an allergy test that would help the doctor identify the triggers for you.
Of course, this means you would need to undergo a series of tests wherein you are subjected to several kinds of allergens until the one (or ones) that causes the flare up is identified. And that may not be an easy or pleasant task!
Maintain Proper Personal Hygiene
Make it a point to practice good personal hygiene in order to stay safe from eczema and its irritating symptoms. Wash your skin at regular intervals, staying away from soaps and other harsh products that could aggravate the condition. Opt for natural cleansers that do not cause any harsh reactions.
After washing, pat your skin dry with a soft towel. Don’t rub hard as this could damage the skin cells and aggravate eczema. And make it a point to apply some moisturizer (alcohol free) on the skin after drying it (dried skin can lead to more flare ups). Keep the skin moisturized by re-applying the moisturizer at regular intervals. Doing so would keep your skin from eczema and the allergens that cause it.
Make Necessary Dietary Changes
In addition to avoiding certain foods that can cause eczema flare-ups, you would need to intake certain foods that help to control the condition and prevent recurrences. Raw foods are considered the best options for individuals suffering from mild-severe eczema. Fresh, organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, hemp and seeds can help keep the symptoms of eczema under control to a great extent.
You can also opt for fresh fruit juices (like grape juice) to combat eczema. Fishes like salmon and tuna are loaded with omega 3 fatty acids (very beneficial for the skin) and are considered as very good options for individuals suffering from frequent eczema flare ups. Other effective dietary options also include eggs, chia, fish oils and virgin coconut oil etc.
Opt For Natural Supplements To Combat Eczema
You will be able to find a range of natural supplements that would help you deal with eczema and its troublesome symptoms. These supplements would be usually available in drug stores and can be obtained without a prescription. Some can be made at home itself. However, it is always considered wise to check with a doctor before taking these supplements in order to avoid unnecessary side effects later on.
Some of these natural supplements include virgin coconut oil, vitamin E oil, neem oil, aloe vera gel, chamomile tea, organic cucumber and mashed organic carrots for topical application, and zinc capsules, Vitamin B complex pills, gentian tincture (before meals), horsetail herbs (the ground variety),calendula and juniper berry (the food grade variety) for oral applications.
Take Lukewarm Baths Regularly
Lukewarm water would have a soothing effect on the eczema pores. So opt for a lukewarm bath at least once a day or as and when you start to experience a painful flare up. Add some almond oil and milk to the bath before stepping into it. Soak in it for about 15 minutes and rinse your body thoroughly before stepping out.
Don’t rub your skin with the towel. Rather, pat it dry with a soft towel.Apply a good quality moisturizer (preferably an organic product) afterwards to keep your skin from drying.
Take Care Of Your Fabrics As Well
The fabrics that we wear on a daily basis can sometimes be the main culprits of recurrent or severe eczema flare-ups. While certain fabrics like nylon can irritate the skin and cause flare-ups, others can possibly retain miniscule amounts of the detergent they were washed in. These miniscule amounts of detergent can aggravate the symptoms of eczema to a great extent, causing extreme discomfort and pain to the individual in question.
If you suffer from recurrent eczema, it is considered wise to stop wearing clothes made of nylon or other synthetic fabrics that could potentially irritate the skin. Opt for cotton clothes that are airy and comfortable. Avoid tight clothing that can increase perspiration and trigger severe eczema flare-ups in the process.
Make it a point to wash your clothes in an organic detergent or one that does not have too many chemicals in it. Check the product label to find out if it contains any ingredients that might irritate the skin before purchasing it. And make sure you rinse your clothes properly after washing them with the detergent (at least 3-4 times in running water) to make sure that most if not all the detergent is washed away.
Keep Your Stress Levels Under Control
And finally, a point that might surprise you. Stress has known to contribute to eczema in more ways than one. High stress levels can induce a person to overeat or binge on unhealthy foods that can lead to immediate flare ups. On the other hand, stress can also increase body perspiration which in turn would act as fodder for eczema and its symptoms. So try keeping your stress levels under control in order to control eczema.
You can opt for various relaxation techniques, breathing exercises or even yoga sessions for the same.