Eczema – also known as atopic dermatitis – causes inflammation under the skin, and affects almost 1 in 10 people worldwide, usually starting in childhood. A reaction to various substances ranging from allergens to chemicals that show up as itchy, inflamed and dry red rashes on the body, eczema can cause a range of negative affects to a person’s well-being.
It is also important to know that eczema is usually the first step in the allergen march and is often succeeded by a progression of food and environmental allergies and asthma.
WHY TREATMENT CAN IMPROVE LIFE QUALITY
Eczema can be frustrating to treat and dramatically diminish a person’s quality of life. Continuous itching, blisters, sores and inflammation can be extremely debilitating, cause emotional misery and a reluctance to engage in social activities.
Having strong social connections are crucial for your psychological and physical health. Withdrawing from social interactions because of a continuing physical affliction are proven to lead to a multitude of personal problems and further physical ailments, so getting on top of a condition like eczema is important to improving your overall personal health now and down the track.
People with eczema often fly under the radar in terms of the seriousness of their affliction, and their quality of life can often be much poorer than people with other chronic health issues such as heart disease, diabetes or high blood pressure. And while the exact cause of eczema remains elusive and no two eczema carriers are exactly alike, the good news is there are a broad range of therapies and lifestyle changes that can be applied.
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS FOR ECZEMA RELIEF?
The most effective way people can limit eczema’s impact on quality of life is to seek out possible causes early. After exhausting the Western playbook on how to alleviate the symptoms of eczema with treatments such as steroidal drugs, anti-allergy medications or antihistamines, many people have found success through natural lifestyle changes such as healthy dieting, physical activity and maintaining a general awareness of what can affect and irritate their skin.
Simple lifestyle changes can dramatically improve your immune system and decrease symptoms, so we recommend the following tips for healthy skin.
IT STARTS AT HOME
Dust mites, pet dander, pollen and mould can all affect your immune system, so keeping on top of house cleanliness can help you avoid these types of allergens that can wake up your eczema.
Loose clothing will allow air next to your skin. Wear fabric that breathes, such as cotton or cotton-blend, and avoid wool, as it rubs against your skin and causes irritation.
Drastic temperature changes can also cause flare-ups. Try to keep the temperature of your home consistent and comfortable and use a humidifier to add moisture in the air to avoid drying of the skin.
Hot water dries the skin and makes symptoms worse. Try taking lukewarm showers or baths instead, and use perfume free, chemical free soaps or non-soap cleanser to avoid further skin irritation. When drying yourself off, pat your skin dry – don’t rub! And apply moisturiser after.
A homemade oatmeal bath is also a simple and inexpensive solution to soothe eczema while also beneficial for a range of other afflictions such as diaper rashes, dry skin, and other common paediatric skin conditions.
Use gentle, soap-free cleansers and fabric softeners on your clothes, and always wash new clothes before wearing them to get rid of any excess dyes and chemicals that may inflame the skin.
You may have a very similar condition to eczema such as psoriasis – an autoimmune disease – meaning your immune system is dysfunctional and your skin cells grow too fast. The good news is both eczema and psoriasis can be treated with these same lifestyle changes.
SIDE EFFECTS OF WESTERN MEDICINE
A common treatment of eczema is the use of topical steroids that are applied as a cream to the affected areas. These creams are not guaranteed to work and can even cause worsening or spreading of a skin infection you already have, inflame hair follicles, or cause the thinning of the skin, which can make the affected skin more vulnerable to bruising.
Immunosuppressants are also used by medical practitioners to treat symptoms; however they too come with the potential for serious side effects, such as an increased risk of infections, kidney and liver damage
NATURAL BALANCE BOOSTERS
The good news is that because of these potentially harmful side effects, there is growing recognition by practitioners and dermatologists of the benefits of using natural supplements to treat the symptoms of eczema. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), now officially recognised by the World Health Organisation, has been known for years to work for patients even from a young age. TCM is formulated to modulate immune system imbalances that cause allergens to become reactive, and is great for addressing skin conditions.
Eczema sufferers that use natural remedies on top of easy-fix lifestyle changes will attest that using natural remedies do not just improve symptoms, but come with a range of physiological benefits without the side-effects.
Don’t become a silent sufferer as things worsen and lead up to the point of desperation when it could become much harder to treat your disease. By acting quickly against the symptoms of eczema when they arise, you will increase your chances of avoiding what could become emotionally and physically damaging to your overall well-being and give you the social confidence you need for a happier, healthier lifestyle.
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