Eczema sufferers frequently battle maddening issues with cracked, dry, and itchy red skin. It can be extremely painful in some cases, causing agonizing blistering and oozing; even in the mild cases it can be just plain unattractive and annoying. If you’ve have ever suffered from it, you know that you would give just about anything for relief – not to mention a cure. Unfortunately, in most cases there is no catch-all complete cure for eczema , but there are several natural ways to find relief.
For immediate relief of eczema symptoms, the easiest place to start is in your bathtub. Long, warm baths, filled to the brim with water, will soothe your skin — especially when sprinkled with some colloidal oatmeal (its just oatmeal that is ground more finely and designed for the bath). these oatmeal baths will relieve the itchy, dry skin, and help form a protective coat against additional irritants.
Other natural eczema treatments include oils and creams. If you want to stay natural and avoid steroid creams, the most popular oils and/or plant extracts to treat eczema are aloe vera, sweet almond carrier oil, and vitamin E oil (break open a capsule). Try mixing some aloe vera gel with some vitamin E oil, and beat your eczema into submission with a one-two punch! The combination moisturizes and coats your skin, preventing your skin from further drying and harsh environmental conditions. Some eczema sufferers have even seen overnight benefits after applying aloe vera gel, but to ensure maximum effectiveness it needs to come directly from a plant (it’s best pick up a live plant at your local garden store, because unless you cut a leaf off the plant yourself, the gel will likely contain preservatives, which might just make your eczema worse). As far as creams go, natural cocoa butter creams are a popular choice. Aside from that, the Mayo Clinic even suggests “chamomile, evening-primrose oil, witch hazel extract and borage seed oil,” are said to work well, though they also state that there is no conclusive evidence that they are effective.
Even though creams, oils and baths can treat symptoms, sometimes a simple lifestyle change will do the trick. Stress, environmental factors, and diet can be huge triggers for an eczema outbreak. In fact, sometimes an allergic reaction to gluten will initiate an outbreak, too. So, try to relax, and make sure your diet contains nothing you’re allergic to — and take a hard look at your soaps and detergents. Many people find that by simply changing their soap, lotions, shampoos and conditioners, or the detergents they are washing their clothes in, that their eczema virtually disappears. If not this isn’t the case, then take a deeper look into other foods in your diet that might trigger an outbreak, or dig deeper into environmental irritants and habits, like the following:
- Dietary triggers – cow’s milk, gluten, other food allergies
- Pet dander
- Extreme cold or heat
- Rough clothing (synthetics and wool)
After looking at what not to eat, you also may want to look at what to eat: raw foods, unprocessed foods, Omega fatty acids 3, 6 and 9, and vitamins C, D and E (ingested). They have all been touted to help improve eczema. This doesn’t mean stop eating the rest of your favorite foods and only eat raw, vitamin-rich foods, but you may want to consult a doctor to have a food allergy test performed. In some cases, eliminating the allergen out of your diet will stop eczema in its tracks.
Just as eczema is indiscriminate in whom if affects – affecting both genders and all kinds of ethnic backgrounds – the cures and treatments are not just for one particular gender or skin type. Though some treatments may work better on one person than another, give these natural remedies a try and see if it relieves your battle with eczema. It can only get better!
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