Natural Ways to Fight and Relieve Itchy Eczema

Eczema, pronounced as (eg-zuh-muh) can be a very annoying, confusing and frustrating skin disease. Also termed Atopic Dermatitis, it is a common skin problem that plagues people regardless the age and skin type. More than 30 million Americans have varying forms of ‘eg-zuh-muh’.

As with other skin-related issues, there are millions of sufferers constantly searching for ways to combat this disease using natural remedies. According to researchers, there is still no known specific cause of eczema.

A snippet taken from the website of the National Eczema Association had this to say:
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There seem to be three major reasons why patients seek alternative medicine for atopic dermatitis: First, we simply don’t yet have a cure for this disease. Second, we can’t yet clearly explain why this disease occurs. 
While doctors try hard to describe factors that play a role in atopic dermatitis, such as cytokines and inflammatory cells, we still can’t pinpoint the root of the disease. Third, the outcomes of conventional atopic dermatitis treatments are not always consistent, and sometimes they are perceived as being unsafe.” By Peter Lio, M.D. March 10, 2015.

Thankfully, eczema is not contagious, which means human to human transfer is not possible. There are however influencing factors of eczema such as diet, stress, climate, pets, and household dust mites. 

Eczema can promote skin aging and disease complications such as long-term infections if left untreated. Some of the many types of eczema include atopic eczema, which is extremely itchy and believed to be hereditary. ‘Bummer’

Discoid eczema, also known as nummular or discoid dermatitis appears on the lower legs of older people as red disc-shaped or circular patches. Without treatment, it can linger for a long time (weeks, months or years). 

Seborrheic eczema (sed-uh-ree-ick) appears on parts of the body with lots of oil-producing glands such as the scalp, upper back, and nose. When it appears on kids it is called the Cradle cap, and it is more common in men than on women. 

Allergic contact dermatitis results from regular contact over an extended period with substances your skin is allergic to.

Others are Stasis dermatitis which is formed when there is an issue with the flow of blood in the veins and Dyshidrotic dermatitis which is formed on the toes, palms, fingers, and soles of the feet.

In the wintertime, the symptoms of eczema can flare up because the weather conditions often reduce or destroy the oily coating or natural skin emulsion. Thus, skin aging and disease conditions such as bacterial infections, scaly, itchy, and dry skin are far more common during these periods. 

It is better to wear winter clothing made of cotton than to wear one made wool or other materials that can irritate the skin. It is also advisable to layer your clothes instead of wearing one or two heavy pieces of clothing to keep warm. 

Taking long showers or baths and using hot water dries out people’s skin quicker because it removes their natural skin oil. Always take short baths or showers using lukewarm water. Use mild non-scented soap, moisturizing soap, special soaps made for eczema, or a soap substitute.

Follow the three-minute rule, which is applying a moisturizer within three minutes of getting out of the shower or bath. With the furnace running during the winter months, the humidity in most homes can be low causing the skin to lose moisture, installing a humidifier and humidity gauge on the furnace also helps.

Natural treatments to soothe the skin are coconut oil, acupuncture/acupressure, spa therapy, Vitamin D intake, apple cider vinegar, etc.