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Eczema is a skin condition where you develop rough patches of skin which can be itchy, red, cracked and inflamed. There also a chance of Blisters occurring as well. About 20 percent of the world population have or had some type of eczema.
The term Eczema is commonly used to describe atopic dermatitis which is one type of eczema, the most common type. But still there are many different types. So, to learn a bit more about eczema, its types, causes and most importantly how to get rid of eczema quickly. Here are things that you need to know.
What is Eczema?
In order to get rid of Eczema, first you need to understand what it is. The word ‘Eczema’ is used in couple of different way. One is to describe any skin condition like rash or something similar. Another is to describe an atopic dermatitis, which is the most common type of eczema.
Atopic dermatitis commonly called Eczema is a chronic skin condition. It commonly occurs in infancy and continues till puberty. For some that’s the end of it but other carry it in adulthood or for their entire life.
The term ‘atopic’ is commonly used to refer a collection of diseases involving immune system. These diseases include atopic dermatitis, asthma and hay fever. And as for ‘dermatitis’ here, it means inflammation or itchiness of the skin.
What are the causes of Eczema?
The exact cause of eczema is still unknown. But it is commonly believed to occur due to an overactive response of body in presence of some irritant or an allergen. Genetic condition is also considered as a cause for eczema. Among these causes environmental factors are also known to cause eczema which includes:
Diet: Eggs, nuts and seed, Dairy, wheat and soy products are known to cause eczema or worsen the symptoms.
Varying Temperature: Extreme weather conditions, or extreme high or low humidity, even sweating from exercises can be a cause of Eczema.
Hormonal factor: Women may experience their eczema condition worsening during pregnancy or when their hormone level changes at certain point in their menstrual cycle.
Stress: Stress is not the direct cause of eczema but it’s known to worsen the symptoms.
Allergens: Common causes of allergies are also causes of eczema like dust, pets and pollens.
Microbes: Certain bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus commonly called ‘Staph’, viruses and certain fungi can also be a cause of Eczema.
Irritants: Anything that irritates your skin can be considered an irritant like soaps, shampoos, detergents, etc.
What are the symptoms of Eczema?
The most common symptom of Eczema is occurrence of rough patches of skin which can appear scaly or dry. And the most common places where these rough patches can be seen are necks, elbows, knees and in any creases on your body like between buttocks or legs. You may also notice certain discoloration of skin on these patches. They may get itchy and irritating but scratching will only make it that worse.
Sometimes you may leave this condition behind but the symptoms may occur time and again. And another thing is that the marks these rashes leave depend solely on how well you treat them. Like if you keep scratching them or rubbing them then it may cause more irritation and inflammation and may leave a permanent mark. So, in order to avoid any such ordeal handle it with care by using some of the trick mentioned below.
Ways to get rid of eczema
There is no exact treatment for all the type of eczema. So, what we can do is manage the symptoms so properly that overtime the eczema may disappear. But always remember that even though it may have disappeared, eczema can flare up at any instant due to any number of reasons. So, here are some three different ways in which one can deal with eczema. One can also combine multiple ways or overtake all of them to get rid of eczema.
It’s always best to have a healthy lifestyle as it can help prevent various diseases and conditions in future. So, here are some necessary lifestyle improvements one may need to make in order to cure eczema fast permanently in the first place.
Baths or Shower:
Shower at least once a day with lukewarm water. Never use hot water for bathing as it can dry out your skin. Shower or lie down in your bath tub for about 15 minutes and never use any abrasive soap or any hard shampoos for bathing. And remember to pat yourself dry at the end of your bath and not rub yourself with towel as abrasive contact may cause skin rash and eczema.
Applying moisturizer is a common practice to avoid ending up with a dry and patchy skin. So, one must apply moisturizer immediately after bath and repeat this process throughout the day especially before going to bed. Having properly moisturized skin can lower the chances of getting dry skin and eczema.
Never wear tight and itchy clothes. Instead try wearing soft, cotton clothes as it would not irritate your skin. If you have certain symptoms then the last thing you would want is to worsen your condition. Some fabrics tend to make your skin feel itchy; one should avoid wearing clothes made of such fabrics as it may irritate your skin to the extent of developing a rash and eventually cause eczema.
Stress is not the direct cause of eczema in any way. But stress is known to worsen the symptoms of eczema. So, one should at least give oneself 10 minutes every day to meditate. Another way is to do a mild exercise but don’t do it to the extant where you end up all sweaty and end up having a rash because of it. The best way is to take a nice walk in the morning at a medium pace. This reduces stress and you end up doing some exercise as well.
It’s obvious that whatever you eat have some effect on your body so one must tread carefully on their diet when trying to get rid of eczema. Avoid all dairy products including milk as it is acidic and filled with hormones and chemicals which can further aggravate your eczema. Try going organic for a while and stop or at least limit eating processed food as much as possible. Also try going on a gluten free diet which may include consumption of green leafy vegetables and fruits.
Home remedies to cure eczema
Natural Remedies are often considered old school but more often than not they are the most helpful in these types of skin conditions. Here are some excellent natural remedies where eczema is concerned.
Turmeric is known as one of nature’s most powerful healer, so it’s no surprise that it can help in treating eczema as well. Take half teaspoon of turmeric and add one teaspoon of milk to make a proper paste. Apply this paste to the affected skin areas. Do this twice a day till condition improves.
- Aloe Vera:
Aloe Vera is always known for its medicinal qualities and how good it is for your skin and hair. Take an Aloe Vera leaf, cut it and apply the gel directly to the inflamed skin. Leave it for about half an hour. Do this twice daily for three weeks and you will the condition is certainly improved if not cleared.
We all know that honey is good for our skin but it is also too sticky. So, to use it on eczema we first add a cup of water to a tablespoon of honey and 2 drops of rose oil. This will make the solution dilute enough so it is not sticky anymore. Now apply this mixture to your itchy skin and leave it for sometime before washing it properly and patting it dry. Repeat this twice a day for a week and see the changes yourself.
- Virgin Coconut Oil:
Virgin coconut oil is known to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. So, it’s quite natural that one might suggest using it against eczema that has inflammation as its symptom. Apply virgin coconut oil on your skin after bath everyday to get rid of and to avoid getting eczema. One can also consume 3 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil provided it’s pure. You can choose to do both too.
- Oatmeal Bath:
Oatmeal is known to have compounds which are known to possess antioxidant, anti inflammatory, moisturizing, soothing and protective properties. One can just add 5 cup of oatmeal to their bath tub and lie in it for about half an hour to have the desired effects. Repeat this every alternate day to see the change. Remember to pat yourself dry after taking a bath. One can also add lavender oil into the mixture.
Medical Treatments for Eczema
If none of the above home remedies and lifestyle changes works for you then you might consider some medical treatment. But before going for some over the counter drugs or anti bacterial creams, it’s always best to consult with a specialist. Remember that consulting with a specialist before going for any medical treatment is the best option as this way the person knows what to expect. There are many medical treatments available like hydrocortisone, phototherapy and other topical treatments but it’s best to consult with your doctor before going through with any of them.
Even though presently there is no particular cure for this condition there can be a particular treatment plan for each case. And remember even after the symptoms have disappeared and your skin has cleared, it’s still important to take care of it, as it can get dry, itchy and irritated again. In the end, I would only suggest to take proper care of your health and your skin.