Defining Eczema: What it is and How to Treat it

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a condition of the skin which can be triggered by anything that the person touches, or vice-versa. It is skin reaction to an unidentified object that may cause extreme itchiness on the site. Treatment has to be the identification of the source to be able to prescribe the necessary medications. 

Eczema appears anywhere in the body. It gives a feeling of insatiable itchiness, and the only recourse is to scratch. When that happens, the condition might worsen, since the scratching may cause wounds to occur. The skin surfaces may appear cracked, crusted, with blisters, reddened, dry or patchy. 

This condition is an excessive reaction of the immune system of the body. A simple allergen can produce a full-blown response to get rid of it. This overreaction manifests as a very uncomfortable rash and irritation of the nearby skin due to the severe scratching. The skin will become inflamed. 

To prevent episodes of overreactions, you must take care of your immune system. Consult with your dermatologist as to what is the best way to control eczema, as well as prescribe medicines to control them. 

You can strengthen and help to boost your immune system by using the following supplements and foods: 

  • Take a general mineral and mineral product, for supplementation. 
  • Buy EFA’s at a local health food store and take at least 2 tablespoons of essential fatty acids a day, by either EFA oil or fish oil tablets. If you suffer from highly troublesome eczema, you can double the amount to 4 tablespoons. 
  • Try a dietary supplement such as a glyconutrient or beta glucan. 
  • Try to take plenty of vitamin B. Liquid vitamin B is always recommended to assure complete absorption. The liquid B is not digested by the stomach. It is absorbed by the mucous membranes of the mouth. This is very important when you skin is highly stressed. 
  • It often helps to drink green teas, twice a day. The reason for green tea is that often eczema reactions are acidic. 
  • Get into the habit of drinking green or black tea two to three times a day. This contains antioxidants and can soothe the nerves. 

Be sure to wear a sun block in the morning every day. Sun blocks contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Ingredients such as avobenzone, can trigger new flareups. These are often used in chemical sunscreens and should be avoided. 

Use topical ointments and moisturizers that contain essential fatty acids. Some of the ingredients that have EFA’s are triglycerides, coconut oil, oleic acid, linoleic acid, borage oil, flaxseed oil, fish oil and primrose oil. There are others not mentioned here.