Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a chronicle disease, in which the skin becomes rough, patchy, reddened, and flaky due to skin inflammation. Though it’s common in all age groups, little ones are affected the most. This skin disease is visible at all places like forehead, behind ears, surrounding eyes, around elbow, neck, etc.
Reasons can be many for this and the most common is hereditary, apart from that stressful lifestyle, unhealthy eating habits, excessive smoking, high protein intake, allergy from some particular clothes, can also be contributors to this problem.
Fortunately there are some simple steps and remedies, if followed properly, can treat eczema naturally at initial stage. Please note that Eczema patients are advised to seek a professional assistance as soon as they notice the disease, as there can be some other health reasons for the same.
Various Treatments For Eczema
First and foremost thing, avoid stress. It has been observed that stress causes various kinds of skin diseases and probably you are also living a stressful life.
Take out some time for yourself and include some stress buster activities in your daily routine, like listening music, meditate, enough sleep, meet friends, go for some small vacations, etc. Anything which relaxes your mind and body, and gives you relief from stress.
Less Intake Of Protein
Sometimes it’s seen that people who are allergic to dairy products like eggs, milk (especially cow’s milk), butter, etc. To check if you are also not allergic to these products, minimize protein intake for two weeks and see if there is any difference in your skin problem and irritation.
If you observe a difference, you need to look for some other alternatives of these products like soy milk, oat, rice milk, hazel nuts, etc.
Diet too is a major contributor for a healthy life and also for fighting all kinds of skin diseases. Include more of fresh fruits, leafy vegetables, seeds and nuts, in your daily diet. Cut breads, pasta, cereals and other processed foods that contain gluten as this substance can also be a reason for your eczema.
You should cut on oils, junk foods, and other carbohydrate rich foods. Try taking small meals every two hours so that you don’t feel hunger at one go and just grab some unhealthy foods. You can also switch to extra virgin coconut oil for cooking, which is a healthy option over other oils.
Take Natural Supplements
Our daily diet should fulfill all essential supplement requirement of our body; however we all are used to of taking incomplete meals due to a busy schedule.
There are some dietary supplements which can help you get all the essential fatty acids, vitamins, probiotics, enzymes, minerals, etc. (You can choose from a large range of natural supplements at any medical shop; please ask your doctor before adding these products to your supplement list).
Flax seeds, Chia seeds, cod liver and fish oils are great source of fatty acids. Eczema patients should especially take rich sources of Vitamin C and E, in the form of supplements and other natural sources.
Detox And Avoid Toxins
Though it’s not possible to avoid toxins completely, just minimize it as much as possible. For this you need to detoxify your body naturally. If you follow the above prescribed diet, it will help you detoxify naturally.
You can also do some exercises to sweat naturally and detoxify. Drink a lot of water and use natural personal care products like soaps, perfumes, detergents, creams, ointments, etc. As your body absorbs all these chemicals and in turn this kind of skin diseases.
Bath Less And Use Natural Moisturizers
At one side you have to detoxify your body but you have to also keep your skin moist as excessive dryness also causes eczema. Though bathing can give your short relief from itching and irritation of eczema, actually bathing strips moisture from your body.
Therefore, you should limit bathing to one time in a day or two days and use natural products for keeping your body moist. Use aloe vera gel, cocoa butter, almond oil, etc. as moisturizers, which are rich sources of Vitamin E and will not harm your skin.
Wear Comfortable, Non-Irritating Clothes
The clothes you wear are always in contact with your skin, therefore you should make sure they are confortable and you are not allergic to its material. Also, after bath, completely dry your body before wearing any cloth.
Wear loose clothes and avoid extra layering of clothes so that natural air reaches your skin. There should be no residue left of your washing detergent on your clothes and never wear same clothes again without washing.
There are portable home humidifiers available in market. You can invest in this product, as using a humidifier will add moisture to air and in turn keep your skin moist too.
However, if you are looking for some inexpensive options, there are some plants like Areca Palm and Boston Fern which are natural humidifiers.
Chamomile is used since ancient times to treat eczema. Its intake soothes itching and limits inflammation and irritation. Boil Chamomile flowers with water for 10-15 minutes, allow it to cool and strain the flowers.
Apply this with help of a clean cotton over the affected area. You can also get Chamomile oil at herbal medical shops. However, you should do a small patch test before trying this treatment.
Take Organic Bath
Make sure you bath with warm water not hot water as that can excessively dry your skin. You can also sprinkle 2-3 spoons of oatmeal, a tablespoon of baking soda, or half cup of regular bleach in bathwater.
These are considered to soothe your skin and kill bacterial on the skin. Therefore this kind of organic bath can also help you fight with disease of eczema.
Calendula lotion is an herbal ointment made of Calendula flowers and easily available at medical shops. It has excellent anti-inflammatory properties which help heal the pain and inflammation caused due to eczema.
You can get its extract in the form of soaps, oils, creams, and salves at most of the medical stores. Please confirm your doctor if you are already doing some medical treatments.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.