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.