Also called atopic dermatitis, eczema is one of the most common skin diseases around the world and yet the exact cause is still unknown. According to MayoClinic.org, it can be linked to a mix of different factors that include dry, irritable skin, gene variation, immune system dysfunction, bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus), and certain environmental conditions.
Eczema makes your skin red and itchy and is most common in children, but can occur at any age. The most frustrating thing about eczema is that it is long lasting (chronic). It appears periodically and then subsides. Worst, it may occur together with asthma or hay fever.
You are at risk of atopic dermatitis if you are exposed or linked to the following:
- If your family has a history of eczema, asthma, hay fever, or allergies
- If you are a healthcare worker with frequent contact with people who have the same skin condition.
Risk factors in children:
- Living in an urban area
- African-American blooded
- Attending child care
- Having ADHD.
No cure has been found to banish eczema completely. There are topical solutions, but only function to relieve itching and redness. To prevent outbreaks, a person with atopic dermatitis should take preventive measures, which sometimes are not that easy, especially if you are a busy adult. However, if neglected, the symptoms can get worse and if you or your kids have it, you might want to take extra precaution such as avoiding harsh soaps or drying skin products.
HOME REMEDIES FOR ECZEMA
Over-the-counter drugs may relieve the symptoms temporarily, but home remedies seem to work well for many.
- Coconut oil
A thin layer of coconut oil can relieve redness and itching like the store-bought creams do. As long as the patient is not allergic or intolerant to coconut, you can apply it as many times as you want. If you can’t find an all-natural coconut oil, a great substitute would be coconut oil lotion. Just make sure you get the good kind.
- Magnesium baths
Use epsom salts or magnesium flakes in your bath every once in a while. A few tablespoons of Himalayan salts also work and it is inexpensive. If you have no time for a bath, you can apply magnesium oil to your skin instead. Magnesium helps heal the skin fast.
- Sea spray
If your eczema is oozing/wet, spraying sea salt solution will help dry it out. If you live near the ocean, taking a dip frequently works too. The ocean’s Vitamin D, magnesium, and other minerals are good for your skin.
Atopic dermatitis is also linked to diet/gut. Probiotic supplements and probiotic-rich foods, according to research, are seen to improve skin’s health. Fermented foods like Kombucha Soda, Sauerkrat, and beverages like Water Kefir, are perfect for people who are suffering from this condition.
Do you have eczema? What healing method worked for you? Share your thoughts in the comments box below!