Eczema is one of those conditions that millions of us have to deal with on a daily basis. It’s ugly, tough to hide, constantly itches and it can be psychologically damaging for some that have to deal with this condition. In fact, some people have been known to suffer for months and even years with eczema and other related conditions. If you’re one of those individuals then I suggest you keep reading. I’m going to help you understand exactly that eczema is and how you can treat it to hopefully live better.
What Is Eczema?
For those of you that don’t know what this skin condition is, it’s a condition known as atopic eczema and it results in chronic inflammation of the skin on a regular basis, sometimes even daily. It’s common for red itchy rashes to appear in the areas that are affected by this condition. I’ll be completely honest and say that it’s rather unpleasant looking, to say the least.
This is a relatively common skin condition that affects lots of children and adults. In most common cases, it’s something that affects very young kids that are under five years of age. It’s common for children to get this condition if their parents have it. About 15% of all children end up having to deal with eczema.
How Do You Get It?
Eczema is something that is easily acquired based on various environmental conditions and allergies. For example, some people get eczema breakouts or flare-ups if they use certain kinds of soaps or detergents. They can also break out if they come in contact with substances they may be allergic to such as dust, pollen, mold, pet hair and dander and many more things.
There are some symptoms that you should be on the lookout for such as skin dryness, scales, flaking red skin, aggravated itching and much more. The level of severeness really varies and if you itch your eczema too much it can really cause serious permanent damage to your skin. Sometimes it can even cause secretions to occur from open cuts that transpire due to the excessive itching.
How To Treat Eczema
Most of the time, if you have a mild case of eczema then you do not need to treat the condition. All you need to do is keep both your skin and your body hydrated and that should help calm your condition over time. It may be necessary to apply an over-the-counter topical steroid such as hydrocortisone a couple times a day.
If you have very severe eczema then you may need to obtain some antihistamines or steroids from your doctor. However, these types of medications cause serious issues and side effects so you must proceed with caution here. Don’t just borrow a friends medicine. Take the time to go to a doctor and get checked out. Overuse of steroids can really damage your body.
There are other external factors that you can try and control the humidity level, not using extremely hot or cold water, and apply moisturizer as often as possible. Be sure to use your best judgement when applying anything to your skin.
It’s important to understand that your diet and lifestyle choices make a huge impact on these types of problems and not paying mind to both of these things can have a negative impact on your overall skin condition.
Oftentimes, individuals will spend thousands of dollars over the years applying topical ointments and creams in hopes of being able to clear up their skin. Only to find out that their condition didn’t really cure or resolve until they addressed the underlying issues such as diet and lifestyle choices that were contributing to the issue.
Natural Remedies For Getting Rid Of Eczema
Coconut oil works well on almost anything, including this condition. Applying a thin layer of coconut oil can really help reduce the pain and itching that this skin condition can cause.
In the event that your eczema is wet then it can be helpful to dry it versus moisturize it. For that, I recommend you look into using sea spray. This is essentially salt and magnesium spray that can be applied.
This one is a bit unpleasant but fermented cod liver oil is a standard “go to” supplement for those suffering from eczema. It can be purchased at any natural or whole foods store.
Some people swear that by consuming probiotics they’ve been able to see a significant improvement in their skin and their overall health. Probiotics were once uncommon and people were hesitant to consume them. Now they are consumed on a regular basis by millions of Americans that swear by the use of them.
This is really just scratching the surface (pun intended) as far as homemade remedies are concerned.
I suggest you take a look around on our site and see what other types of remedies we have in our DIY section. Many of them will help clear this condition up for good.
I want to leave you with one final thought. If you can just take the opportunity to minimize your stress levels even just a tad it will help you better control your skin, keeping it healthy looking for years to come. Too often, stress leads to skin issues and other more serious issues. I strongly suggest that if anything you get that under control.