Eczema is a term given to a specific type of skin problems, in which the skin becomes inflamed. The skin appears swelled, red and dry and is extremely itchy. Although it occurs more commonly in children, many adults also suffer from eczema. Eczema is also known as Dermatitis. Eczema makes the skin very sensitive.
Symptoms of Eczema
Eczema is characterized by red, dry, scaly and/or thickened skin. Itching is the first sign of eczema. Many a times, a person starts feeling itchy even before the rash appears. The skin may appear reddish and then gradually turn brown. The parts of our body that are most prone to get affected include the elbow area and behind the knees. Infants mostly suffer from eczema on their cheeks and at times, on the chin. The other vulnerable areas include the back, chest, scalp and the outer legs and arms. Older children and adults usually get eczema on ankles, wrists, neck, the inner knee and elbow.
Causes of Eczema
Although the exact cause of eczema is unknown, many doctors feel that it is an overactive response by the immune system of our body. People, who have extremely dry skin that can’t hold moisture, are more prone to suffer from eczema. One can also suffer from eczema if they have a hereditary problem of allergies.
Other causes of eczema include feeling extremely cold or hot, reaction due to a strong soap or detergent, stress and respiratory infections.
How to get rid of Eczema
There are many ways to reduce the itching caused by eczema. There are many prescription drugs and creams that help to soothe the skin. One can prevent eczema by minimizing the stress and using soaps and detergents in very small quantities. One can boost their immune system by eating a nutritionally adequate diet and increasing their intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Avoid eating refined foods, junk foods, spicy and fried foods and foods that contain artificial flavors and sweeteners. Eating roasted ground flax seeds can help to prevent eczema.
Sweat also gives rise to eczema. Although it is not possible to stop your body from sweating but you can make your body less prone to contracting eczema by showering often.
There are many home remedies that can help to get rid of eczema.
Here are 5 home remedies for Eczema Treatment anyone can follow:
• Coconut Oil – Since times immemorial, our ancestors have been using coconut oil for various purposes. We can’t ignore the fact that coconut oil is the most inexpensive and effective treatment for any kind of skin problems. Be it rashes, eczema, diaper rash, burn or a dry skin; coconut oil helps to heal it all. It gets absorbed in to the body readily and doesn’t cause any side effects whatsoever. Coconut oil is known for its antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. It also contains Vitamin E and K, Capric acid, lauric acid and caprylic acid, which help to get relief from itching and cures inflamed skin. It creates a protective barrier on skin and locks the moisture. This helps to nourish the skin deeply and the skin becomes soft.
• Honey – Honey is known for its healing and skin-soothing properties. It has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that help to speed the process of healing and also hydrates the skin. Honey can be applied to the skin in many ways:
➢ Clean the affected area and apply honey on it. Wash off with cold water after half an hour.
➢ Mix some cinnamon powder with honey and apply it on the affected area.
➢ Manuka honey is extremely effective in treating eczema. It can be applied on the affected area as a topical treatment at least twice a day.
➢ Take a teaspoon of honey and mix it with 1-2 tablespoons of apple cedar vinegar in one glass of water. Drink this mixture thrice a day with each meal.
• Aloe Vera Gel – This translucent gel is a natural moisturizer and hence helps to hydrate the skin and nourish it with Vitamin E. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to calm the itchiness on the skin and reduce infections. It also contains antifungal and antibacterial properties which prevent the infection from coming back. It can be applied on the skin in many ways:
➢ Fresh aloe vera gel can be applied on the affected area to get a cooling effect.
➢ A glass of aloe vera juice a day can also help significantly.
• Turmeric – Native to South Asia, turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory, healing and bactericidal properties. Turmeric gets these properties from its active ingredient – Curcumin. It is very effective in treating eczema. Here are a few ways by which it can help to get rid of eczema:
➢ Heat half a cup of milk and add ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder in it. Drinking this tincture twice a day will help to treat the bacterial infections.
➢ Boil some water and add ½ teaspoon turmeric powder to it. Keep it on slow flame for ten minutes. Use this solution to cleanse the affected area. It works as an antiseptic and helps to reduce the inflammation and rash.
➢ You can also prepare a paste using turmeric powder and grounded neem leaves. Since both of them possess anti-bacterial properties; this paste will help to get relief from the rashes and itchiness.
• Glycerin – Glycerin helps to moisturize the skin and the best thing about it is that it locks the moisture in the skin to keep it hydrated for long. Here’s how you can make use of glycerin to relieve eczema:
➢ Just mix equal quantities of water and glycerin and put them in a spray bottle. Shake well to create a homogenous mixture and spray it on the affected area.
➢ You can prepare your own eczema cream using vegetable glycerin since it gets absorbed by the body easily. Just take some glycerin and mix it with coconut oil and almond oil and see how these natural ingredients work wonders on your skin.