Natural Eczema Treatments Get to the Root of the Problem
Those who haven’t experienced the all-consuming burning and itching associated with eczema simply can’t understand the frustration of those who suffer from this painful skin condition. Yes, there are “quick fixes” which usually involve over-the-counter medicine – often in the form of cortisone creams or antihistamines. However, these come with their own set of side effects which many people would prefer to avoid. What natural eczema treatments are available to us?
The Cure Depends on the Cause
Doctors agree that the actual cause of eczema remains something of a mystery but think that there is a strong genetic link.
The itching, burning and inflammation indicative of eczema usually stem from an over-reactive immune system response to internal or external triggers. The cause of the body’s response should dictate the treatment options chosen.
The reasons for flare-ups or triggers vary and can include:
- Skin irritants
- Cigarette smoke
- Airborne allergens
- Food Intolerances
- Hormonal issues
Natural Eczema Treatments
As we know, the side-effects from conventional medicines such as hydrocortisone creams include thinning or blistering of the skin, discolouration, redness and irritation.
Natural options available are usually far gentler but will need time to work – and ideally should include finding and treating the underlying cause. For instance, coconut oil, sunflower oil and topical vitamin B12 will all help to heal the skin and relieve itching, but if your eczema is triggered by stress then that needs to be addressed but other means.
In fact, there have been studies relating to the link between the mind and skin disorders in which the patient’s stress, anxiety or other emotional issues are tackled as a treatment for the skin disorder.
Other eczema treatments include:
- Massage therapy
- Making use of natural, organic soaps and body lotions
- Using natural skin softeners to prevent dryness
More often than not, you would want to examine your diet to make sure that you are not creating an internal environment which would manifest itself in a skin condition. Foods such as gluten, dairy or nuts can exacerbate or even cause an allergic reaction.
Why not talk to Dr Sanua who understands how to treat the whole person and not just a symptom. If you want a natural eczema treatment, call Dr Sanua today.