The Role Of Food In Eczema

These natural remedies for eczema are particularly useful for troublesome, chronic eczema. Eczema occurs due to a hypersensitivity reaction in the skin, which results in patchy areas of redness, dryness and itching on the skin. The patches can manifest anywhere on the body, however, they are most often found on the face, between the knees and in the bends of the elbows. Eczema has a variety of different etiological factors. Your diet is one very important factor – a fact confirmed by the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN).

Eczema And Dietary Intolerances

Eczema is now known to be a condition that mostly affects people who tend to be prone to allergies. With a lot of people who suffer from eczema, their condition is made far worse upon continual consumption of foods that their body is intolerant of. Many people have gone on to either reduce their symptoms or cure themselves of eczema by going through a period of abstinence from foods that have been shown to exacerbate the condition.

Foods To Avoid…

A process of elimination may include getting rid of from your diet, all foods that are commonly known to trigger eczema, or eliminating them one by one. The first approach though more difficult, will help you discover those trigger foods much more quickly. Common foods to eliminate include coffee, soya products, eggs, milk and wheat. After three weeks, you reintroduce one food item per day and monitor closely for a return or worsening of eczema symptoms. Should none occur, then that food is considered safe for consumption. Many eczema sufferers around the world have been completely free of symptoms after they have followed this process and eliminated only the foods that they have identified to trigger their specific case of eczema. Cow’s milk is especially bad when it comes to eczema, so be sure to keep a close eye on your eczema when you bring this back into your diet.

With Regards To How to Treat Eczema By Eating Differently

One of the reasons why eczema is becoming more and more common over time, is that we are consuming more and more meats in our diet. Studies have found that increased meat consumption results in more inflammation in the body. Meat and poultry should therefore only be consumed once or twice per week, or in some cases, not at all. Though shellfish should be avoided, fish that are rich in omega 3 fatty acids are well known to improve eczema symptoms. In fact the University of Maryland Medical Center recommends that you consume fatty fish regularly if you suffer from eczema. Fish with high levels of omega 3 include trout, tuna, salmon, cod and mackerel. Generally switching to a vegetarian diet that is also free from processed carbohydrates like white rice, white flour and white pasta, will help tremendously in your efforts to take control of your eczema.

B Carotene and Vitamin A

A number of well-documented scientific studies have looked at the role of vitamin A and beta carotene in both controlling and eliminating the symptoms of eczema. They have both been shown to help people be eczema free for far longer and far more effectively than if these two nutrients were lacking in one’s diet. CSNN advises eating foods daily that are rich in these nutrients, including egg yolks, liver, carrots, squash, pumpkin, apricots, peaches, dandelion greens, spinach and kale.

Fibers

Finally, fiber is important to promote regular bowel elimination. A high fiber intake helps to modulate the immune system by helping to maintain the intestinal mucosal barrier. To increase your fiber consumption, it is important to eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, leaving the peel intact where possible. Peeling your apples, tangerines, grapes and potatoes may add pleasure to your diet, but it will vastly detract from the level of fiber in y our diet.

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Heal Your Eczema The Natural Way

Eczema describes a number of skin conditions that include increased inflammation of the skin, leading to patches of redness that are itchy and often scaly/bleeding. Eczema usually affects children, although it can also occur in adults. The drugs and treatment options your doctor will recommend are only symptomatic in nature. Rather than work on curing your eczema, they only serve to take away the overlying symptoms. Some of these creams, ointments and tablets are very effective – especially ones that contain steroids, but these tend to have a large number of potentially dangerous side-effects. If you are one of many people who aren’t able to get a handle on their symptoms with medical drugs, or simply want to avoid the side-effects of medical therapy, then you’ll be happy to learn that natural eczema remedies are a very powerful alternative option.

Oatmeal Baths

Rather than use chemical-laden moisturizers that are absorbed by your skin, why not use natural oatmeal, which works just as well, but does not contain any preservatives or harmful chemicals. You can either use oats as they come in the box, or it is better to put them in a blender to form a powder. You can also buy the powdered form, called colloidal oatmeal. Rather than eat the oats as you normally would, you apply it to your skin – not directly, but rather by pouring say a couple of cups-worth to your bath.

After you have added the oats and mixed it into the water, you may find that over time the oats tend to gather at the bottom. Just move your body around in the bath to get the oats moving again. Experts recommend that you soak in the mixture for about 15 minutes. It is very unlikely that this solution will irritate your skin, though there is a very slight possibility, and if this does happen then stop using oatmeal baths immediately. Otherwise, you must continue to use it for a few weeks before seeing its full effect. This is one of the home remedies for eczema that works best during flare-ups and can be done up to twice a day until your flare-up has subsided.

Identifying Other Triggers

On learning how to cure eczema, you’ll find that eczema has a multitude of different triggers that may be responsible for you flare-ups. Eczema isn’t just affected by the creams, emollients and ointments you apply on your skin, but also from what you eat, what you drink and even what you wear.

As with many illnesses that are triggered/worsened by lifestyle practices, it is helpful if you keep a diary of the foods you eat, your daily activities, and the severity of your symptoms. You may start to notice certain patterns, such as certain pollens, fabrics, or cigarette smoke. Better than any drug or natural remedy you can take for eczema, is to be identify what these particular causative factors are and to eliminate them from your life. Be sure to see your doctor however, as you may need a revision of your current medication.

One idea is to purchase special skin-friendly detergents from your local health store. Fabric softeners are also common triggers of eczema, since they are usually quite heavily laden with perfume. Whether topical solutions like avoiding scented detergents and soaps are successful or not, you will still benefit from a change in dietary habit. Focus on eating vegetables, whole grains, and essential fatty acids and stay away from processed food, saturated sugar, orange juice and milk. The best way to treat your eczema is to combine a multitude of different factors like the ones mentioned to you above.

Warnings

Despite these home remedies being effective, it is still necessary for you to get a full diagnosis from your doctor, since other serious skin conditions like psoriasis can easily be mistaken for eczema by the untrained eye. Sometimes it can be harmful to combine natural therapies with conventional creams/drugs, so always seek the advice of your doctor before you start treating yourself naturally.

Over time, as your condition gets better, you will be able to get away with seeing your doctor less and less. Although natural remedies are highly effective, they don’t compare in terms of sheer effectiveness to the strongest medical drugs. So if your symptoms are particularly severe, it may be a good idea for you to accept medical treatment, at least for the time being. There is always the option of supplementing your conventional therapy with home remedies.

Eczema Home Cures

Eczema is a chronic skin disorder in which there is dryness, itching, redness and/or scaling of the skin. Eczema usually occurs in very young children, although it is also known to occur quite commonly during puberty and less commonly in adulthood. Unfortunately your doctor is equipped with a limited range of medications for this condition, none of which are curative in nature. While these drugs can be effective, they also come with a myriad of unpleasant side effects. As long as you are not at risk of suffering from any severe complications, home remedies for eczema can help you to manage eczema without any side effects.

Cure Eczema With Oats…

Rather than use chemical-laden moisturizers that are absorbed by your skin, why not use natural oatmeal, which works just as well, but does not contain any preservatives or harmful chemicals. It is more cost-effective if you just buy cereal oats from the supermarket and use a food processor to form a fine powder. If you don’t have a blender or food processor, then you can always buy oats in the powder form in your local supermarket. To use the oatmeal, just add a couple of handfuls with your bath water.

Once in the bathtub, the oats will initially be suspended in the water, which is what you want. After some time, some of it will collect at the bottom. When this happens, you can grab some of it with your hands and rub it over your body to increase the effects. Experts recommend that you soak in the mixture for about 15 minutes. It is very unlikely that this solution will irritate your skin, though there is a very slight possibility, and if this does happen then stop using oatmeal baths immediately. Otherwise, you must continue to use it for a few weeks before seeing its full effect. Oatmeal baths are widely used by many eczema sufferers around the world. They are cheap, effective and also have the advantage of having no overt or hidden side-effects.

Changes In Lifestyle

Eczema has a multitude of different triggers that may be responsible for you flare-ups. It is quite common for example, for a child to be afflicted with extremely severe eczema for which the doctor is routinely prescribing steroids. In many cases, all that is needed to arrest the symptoms completely, is for the child’s diet to be changed by say eliminating cow’s milk or eggs. Few doctors will tell you this and they will happily continue to prescribe one course of harmful steroids after another.

By keeping a record of your symptoms and how bad they are, against a record of what you eat and what you do throughout the day, you can, over time, identify the specific foods/activities that are causing your condition to surface or worsen. Over the course of a week, or even a few days, you are likely to discover a link between certain triggers and your eczema flare-ups. Such triggers can be anything even as seemingly small as stress, or perhaps the consumption of animal products. Without some form of radical, not-yet-discovered gene therapy, there is no known complete cure for eczema. However, the closest thing to a compete cure is to figure out those specific factors that trigger your eczema and to eliminate them from your life and/or diet. When you do this, you can live your life as though you never had eczema in the first place. Using non-scented soaps and lotions is also important. Fragrance products can be irritating to the skin.

Try using hypoallergenic detergent and soap when possible. If you have a second rinse option on your washing machine, then consider using it at least once to really get that detergent off your clothes. Diet can play a HUGE role in helping to treat your eczema, since certain foods directly or indirectly modulate the behaviour of your immune system. Omega 3 fatty acids for example have long been known to reduce inflammatory conditions like eczema. It is better to eat fatty fish than to take supplements. A few examples of fish that are good sources of omega 3 are trout, salmon and tuna. Once you make the necessary changes, you will notice your symptoms subsiding over time.

Other Things To Think About

If you are currently taking medication for your eczema, please do not stop them by yourself when you start to see improvement from using natural therapies. I highly advise you to go and see your doctor so he/she can taper your medications down safely. Many natural therapies, especially those you consume, do still have a natural chemical effect on your body, and can therefore interact with certain medications. So if you are taking other medications, make sure you consult your doctor before embarking on a journey of treating your eczema naturally.

Although home remedies are safe for healthy people, they may be harmful for people who suffer from other illnesses besides eczema. If you do have another illness and/or you are taking other medications, then it is crucial that you see your doctor first. Although natural remedies are highly effective, they don’t compare in terms of sheer effectiveness to the strongest medical drugs. So if your symptoms are particularly severe, it may be a good idea for you to accept medical treatment, at least for the time being. You can then use home treatments to maintain healthy skin.

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How Diet Affects Inflammatory Skin Conditions Like Eczema

Eczema is more than just a skin condition. It is an inflammatory disorder of the whole body, which usually manifests as an itching and patchy inflammation on the skin. The most common form of eczema is atopic eczema, which is thought to have a genetic component. It is an allergic condition, which is closely related to asthma and allergic rhinitis. There are many possible causes of eczema, and the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, or CSNN, states that a proper diet can play an important role in treating this skin disorder.

Diet Intolerance

Phyllis Balch says in her book “Prescription for Nutritional Healing” that eczema tends to most often affect allergy-prone individuals. Various foods can make eczema worse because they serve to modify the immune system in a way that worsens the condition. As such, it is highly recommended that you avoid the most commonly allergenic foods for three weeks.

Eliminating Foods From Your Diet

The list of common foods to avoid is absolutely huge and cannot all be listed in one article. Some examples include soy, nuts, red meat and corn. By reintroducing these foods back into your diet one at a time after a period of three weeks, you will be able to identify which ones are causing your eczema to worsen. If you find that your symptoms get worse with a particular nutrient, you must make sure to eliminate it from your diet completely and indefinitely. Eggs are exceptionally troublesome in most cases of eczema, so be extra watchful of your skin when you start to reintroduce these to your meals.

More Dietary Changes

One of the reasons why eczema is becoming more and more common over time, is that we are consuming more and more meats in our diet. Studies have found that increased meat consumption results in more inflammation in the body. Consuming animal products on a daily basis is highly inadvisable, especially if you are suffering from severe symptoms of eczema. CSNN advises eating a whole foods diet that emphasizes the following immune system-boosting foods: fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, seafood, fresh fish, flaxseed oil and extra virgin olive oil. Probiotic yogurts that contain live active cultures have been shown in a number of studies to help reduce the symptoms of eczema by controlling the way your immune system responds to food, and preventing it from over-reacting as it does in eczema.

A Vitamin along with Beta Carotene Abundant Foods

As well as the above diet choices, eczema also responds very well to vitamin A and B-carotene, both of which limit the body’s capacity for inflammation, hence reducing eczema symptoms. CSNN advises eating foods daily that are rich in these nutrients, including egg yolks, liver, carrots, squash, pumpkin, apricots, peaches, dandelion greens, spinach and kale.

Fibre

Dietary fiber helps prevent stagnation in the bowels. A high fiber intake helps to modulate the immune system by helping to maintain the intestinal mucosal barrier. One way to increase fiber in your diet is to opt for the whole-meal variety of foods, avoiding processed refined carbohydrates like white pasta, white rice, white bread and white flour, and non-whole grain cereals.