Natural Eczema Treatments
A natural treatment to improve eczema skin can be found in basic lifestyle changes. Eczema tends to flare-up when the person is exposed to certain trigger factors. These substances or conditions worsen the eczema, such as dry skin, irritants, allergens, emotional stress, heat and sweating, and infections.
Some natural eczema cures or remedies are targeted specifically at a particular type of eczema.
Trigger factors for atopic eczema may include soap, harsh chemicals, heat and humidity, stress, certain foods (most common offenders include eggs, milk, wheat, soy protein, and peanut). Many of these ingredients can turn up in unusual places, such as all-natural soaps, makeup, cream, or lotions. Inhalant allergens such as house dust mites, pets, pollen, and cut grass are also triggers that can cause eczema.
Infantile seborrheic eczema, also called cradle cap or baby eczema, affects the face, scalp, and upper extremities and is often associated with food consumption (cheese, egg whites, wheat, or nuts are a common cause of infantile seborrheic eczema). Other triggers that can cause baby eczema include soaps, laundry detergents, fabric softeners, wool, and polyester or blended fabrics. A natural treatment is to feed the baby breast milk which can help to control or limit eczema in infants.
Perioral eczema affects mostly women. In addition to redness around the mouth, the symptoms of perioral eczema may also include small red bumps or even pus bumps and mild peeling. Lip balms, lipstick, or toothpaste can all cause perioral eczema. Treatments include using a non-tartar, non-fluoride toothpaste.
Contact eczema is an inflammatory response by the skin to an outside allergen or irritant. Substances that cause contact eczema include household items, clothing, cosmetics, and plants. The types of substance that cause the symptoms to appear can further define contact eczema.
A substance that has a direct toxic effect or exposure to an irritant produces irritant contact eczema and a skin reaction can occur immediately or gradually after repeat exposure. Examples of substances that cause irritant contact eczema include acids, certain toilet bowl cleaners or drain cleaners, oven cleaners, detergents, ammonia, lye, cement, turpentine, and paint thinners.
Allergic contact eczema will trigger an immunologic response that causes inflammation called a skin allergy. Examples of substances that cause allergic contact eczema include poison ivy, poison sumac, poison oak, dyes, fragrances, leather, rubber compounds (gloves and shoes), and nickel (jewelry accessories). Itching and burning are common symptoms in both types of contact eczema.
Local contact with an allergen followed by exposure to ultraviolet radiation (sunlight) can cause photo allergic eczema (light sensitive eczema).
The cause of dyshidrotic eczema may be sensitivity to nickel or other metals such as chromium or cobalt, also fragrances, fungal infection (tinea pedis), stress, aspirin, oral contraceptives, smoking, and implanted metals. The following suggestions will be helpful for anyone with symptoms of hand eczema:
- Wear waterproof or cotton-lined gloves.
- Avoid contact with soaps, detergents, scouring powders, and irritating chemicals.
- Wear waterproof gloves when peeling or squeezing lemons, oranges, or grapefruit, peeling potatoes, or handling tomatoes.
- Wear heavy-duty gloves while gardening.
- Wash dishes in a dishwasher.
- Do not wash clothes by hand.
- Avoid contact with turpentine, paint, and paint thinner, floor polish, and shoe polish.
- Wash hands in warm water and a small amount of mild soap, rinse carefully and dry gently.
- Avoid rings can cause hand eczema to become worse.
The most common cause of foot eczema is dyes used in the manufacture of shoes and sneakers, which are made with dyes and/or rubber. These irritants cause rashes and dry or scaly skin. Leather shoes also contain dyes. Successful treatment may include wearing socks that are 60% cotton and changing shoes every day - alternate 2 to 3 pairs of shoes. Follow recommended treatments for at least 4 months after skin has healed. It takes a long time for skin to recover, and, unless you're careful, the eczema will reoccur.
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Reduce Stress for Eczema Relief
It is thought that eczema may be an outlet for one's emotions and is aggravated by stress. It could equally be said that eczema may cause emotional stress. Either way, eczema can justifiably be described as "a condition you wear." The psychological aspects of eczema are very imprecise but undoubtedly there are psychological factors in many illnesses.
Here are some simple ways to reduce stress and relax in your life:
- Allow a lot of time to complete daunting tasks.
- Remmber that a job is not your life.
- Take a break for lunch every day.
- Leave your desk and stretch or take a brisk walk
- Plan a simple and affordable vacation.
- Talk to a famliy member, friend, colleague, or any trusted person in your life.
The frantic pace of today's family can sometimes make it harder for the eczema sufferer to relax...especially when it's time to get the rest they need. Some helpful relaxations tips for eczema sufferers and their families include:
- Create a special place in house to just relax or with your fmaily.
- Eliminate caffeine, colas, and diet soft drinks containing aspartame or NutraSweet, chocolates and cocoa of which contain caffeine that makes us all hyper jittery and keeps us all awake as stimulants do.
- Turn off the television; violent programming that can be stressful or stimulating to children and even adults. Cuddling up with your child and family members and reading a favorite book is a much more settling way to relax and enjoy a relationship than the tube.