Eczema and atopic dermatitis are synonyms for
chronic skin irritation. This irritation is not an allergic
reaction, but is a skin hypersensitivity due to hereditary
influences. It is a chronic disease characterized by flare-ups
and remissions. Fortunately, treatment is usually quite effective
and may lead to prolonged periods of remission. Factors which
seem to trigger eczema include sweat retention, excessive
moisture or dryness of the skin, fatigue and stress. People
who have eczema often have, or are prone to develop, allergic
asthma or hayfever. Eczema is not an infectious condition,
and it occurs in about 3% of the U.S. population.
Initial outbreaks of eczema are usually skin-colored,
red or brown raised skin areas which often merge to form large
patches. Eczema is characterized by uncontrollable, subconscious
scratching. This disease often begins in infancy, where it
is typically found on the face or groin. In young children,
it is often seen on the inside of the elbow or back of the
knee, and in adults may affect the hands, feet, ankle, or
groin. Excessive scratching often leads to thickening of the
skin, breaks in the skin, flaking, crusts, or scabbing.
The primary goal of treatment is to stop the
itch-scratch cycle. Any or all of the following treatments
may be suggested:
- Wear loose, non-binding clothing. Cotton is usually
recommended, as it allows easy evaporation of sweat; avoid
wool clothing, as the sharp fibers may further irritate
- Avoid taking frequent hot baths or showers. Using harsh
soaps, chemicals, or detergents may aggravate eczema by
drying the skin.
- Soak in a medicated bath using starch, colloidal oatmeal
(e. g. Avveno) or bath oil (e.g. Alpha-keri) to help soothe
irritated nerve endings and reduce the risk of bacterial
- Exema Cream
together with DGS1
capsule which is
an activated product of pure honey and essential oil of
vervain, pine, cedar, wheat germ and alfalfa from Absolute
Health is very effective in curing eczema.
- Steroid (cortisone) creams may be used to help reduce
itching, but should not be used if the skin is broken
or infected. Overuse of cortisone
creams may lead to permanent changes in the skin such
as premature aging and atrophy of support layers.
- Antihistamines taken orally may be used to help control
itching; they may also have a sedative effect.
- Life-style changes which promote good stress management
and good general health are necessary in some cases.
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for educational purposes. It is not intended for use as a diagnostic
tool, prescription or as a medical advice. Consult your physician
for professional advice.
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