Eczema

Eczema

A group of inflammatory skin disorders that make the skin dry, itchy, flaky, red and sore are known as eczema sometimes in severe forms the skin can become broken and weep or bleed. People of every age may be affected. The main symptom is itch. This can be so severe that it keeps the individual awake at night. Itching will make the condition worse. Lesions can be sore, hot, red, dry and flaky. They may weep or bleed and can become infected. Scaly areas of skin may form in places that are scratched regularly.

Eczema can appear anywhere on the body but is often found in the skin creases of the elbows and wrists and behind the knees. In babies, lesions typically appear on the cheeks.Many substances have been identified as itch "triggers" in patients with eczema, and triggers are not the same for every person. Many times it is difficult to identify the exact trigger that causes a flare-up. For some, it seems that rough or coarse materials coming into contact with the skin causes itchiness. For others, feeling too hot and/or sweating will cause an outbreak. Other people find that certain soaps, detergents, disinfectants, contact with juices from fresh fruits and meats, dust mites, and animal saliva and danders may trigger itching. Upper respiratory infections (caused by viruses) may also be triggers.

Stress can also sometimes aggravate an existing flare-up. Although eczema may look different from person to person, it is most often characterized by dry, red, extremely itchy patches on the skin. Eczema is sometimes referred to as "the itch that rashes," since the itch, when scratched, results in the appearance of the rash.

 

Eczema can occur on just about any part of the body; however, in infants, eczema typically occurs on the forehead, cheeks, forearms, legs, scalp, and neck. In children and adults, eczema typically occurs on the face, neck, and the insides of the elbows, knees, and ankles. In some people, eczema may "bubble up" and ooze. In others, the condition may appear more scaly, dry, and red. Scratching causes the skin to take on a leathery texture because the skin thickens.Eczema occurs in both children and adults, but usually appears during infancy. Although there is no known cause for the disease, it often affects people with a family history of allergies.Those who are genetically predisposed and then exposed to environmental triggers may develop eczema. Many people who have eczema also suffer from allergic rhinitis and asthma, or have family members who do.If you take some precautions the trouble may be minimized.

Eczema

Moisturize the affected area frequently.Avoid sudden changes in temperature or humidity.Avoid sweating or overheating.Reduce stress.Avoid scratchy materials (e.g., wool ).Avoid harsh soaps, detergents, and solvents.Avoid environmental factors that trigger allergies (e.g., pollens, molds, mites, and animal dander).Every one knows from experience the foods that may cause an outbreak so always avoid those foods.You must prevent scratching. Because eczema is usually dry and itchy, the most common treatment is the application of Calendula lotions or creams to keep the skin as moist as possible. These treatments are generally most effective when applied directly after bathing (within three minutes is a common recommendation) so that the moisture from the bath is "locked in." Cold compresses applied directly to itchy skin can also help relieve itching.Children are unique patients because it may be difficult for them to resist scratching their eczema, thereby making the condition worse. Fortunately, for mild to moderate cases, the application of moisturizer (Calendula lotions or creams) on a regular basis can be very helpful. Avoid as many eczema triggers as possible. Keep your child's skin moist. After bathing, apply moisturizer(Calendula lotions or creams) within three minutes to retain the moisture in the skin. Avoid sudden temperature changes. Keep your child's bedroom and play areas free of dust mites (a common trigger). Use mild soaps – both on your child's skin and on your child's clothing. Dress your child in breathable, preferably cotton, clothing. See your homoeopathic Physician regularly so that the trouble may be annihilated.

Treatment
Put Calendula Q 1drop/liter and AZADIRACHTA INDICA-Q 1drop/liter in your bathing water. Apply coconut oil to affected areas after bath. Take Sulphur-6 1drop mixed with water on empty stomach (consult your homoeopathic physician). Wearing clothing made of cotton rather than synthetic fibers and avoiding itching the skin helps. Factors such as stress and changes in hormone levels (during a woman's menstrual cycle) may also contribute to flare-ups. Mild eczema may resolve itself or only require minimal treatment. Severe eczema, however, can cause extreme discomfort and distress and may even need to be treated in hospital. Treatment will help but the eczema may persist.

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