Eczema is a kind of skin disorder and often coupled with asthma, also a common allergy reaction. The skin of eczema patient is dry, thickened, and itchy. Sometimes, lesion will occur, and worsen by scratching. Also, in the later stages, hyperpigmented plaques with raised appearance. The most important thing is that a patient must not scratch, or it will become worse.
The cause of this problem is generally nutrition-related. He ezcemic patients are often severely lacking in omega-3 fatty acids and have digestive problems. Sometimes, eczema is a common reaction to food allergy.
Infants who have been fed with solid food too early will sometimes cause allergy reaction such as eczema. This is caused by the passage of food to the immature gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT), which can cause immune reactions. Immune reactions are created through the introduction of foreign protein usually into the blood stream. As protein is able to distinguish between self and non-self, foreign protein is more than able to be detected as harmful and must be destroyed. This triggers the immune response on some people and allergy reactions happen as a consequence. Some people only sensitive to certain proteins, but some do not.
Food allergy causes a lot of headache and certainly, it is not a minor problem. Many have overlook the seriousness of food allergy and pay no details to the food they eat. It might be the sandwich that you love so much and couldn't be done without that causes your eczema. The food we eat may activate the inflammatory mediators in the gut, so we must pay attention to what we eat and which food will cause us to have allergic reaction.
However, imbalance of intestinal floral will cause allergic reaction as well. This is because the bacteria that lives in our gut is overpowered by the bad guys. This can cause the accumulation of endotoxins which can trigger allergic reaction as well. Consuming yogurt or supplementary acidophillus will do the trick of restoring our intestinal floral and thus eliminating allergic reactions.
Eczema in infants are best treated with breastfeeding as the baby might be allergic to cow's milk or any other substitute milk. However, if the problem arises from breastfeeding, then it should be discontinued and the mother should be treated as this might indicate that the mother might have health problems.
In eczema patients, there are usually many abnormalities in their micro-circulation of the skin. Often, there are considerable blanching, and cold skin. The application of vascodilatories will not improve the skin condition but will worsen it. This is cause by the presence of potent vascoconstrictions and inflammation such as endothelins, which are associated with allergic reaction and asthma.
The other cause of eczema is digestion related. There are some patients who have lowered stomach acid level and those who will have problem metabolizing fatty acids. The patient involved might have difficulties digesting and utilizing linoleic acid. This however, can be fixed by consuming what we known as evening primrose oil or DHA (which is abundant in fish oil or cod liver oil).
When experiencing itchiness, and any other symptoms associated with eczema, one is advised to apply emollient substances to treat such inflammations. In my archive, you can search an article detailing in making lotions and a myriad of other stuff posted in this blog. If it is not in my archive, please let me know, I will post another one.
Now there's a suggestion of not using any cream at all, but topical applications of neat witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) or castor oil. Soaps or preparations containing white sandalwood (Santalum album) might be of help too. Distillations and preparations containing Peppermint (Mentha piperita) and/or Spearmint (Mentha spicata) might help to relieve itchiness. However, if you found yourself having sensitivity towards such herbs, stop using it. Strawberry (Fragaria vesca) is also a well-known treatment for eczema, its juice (from the fruit) is useful when applied topically as a lotion. An infusion made from the leaves, also, have the same effectiveness when applied as lotion on the afflicted area.
So, in order the treat eczema, one has to pay particular attention to their eating. Simple strategy like this can save you a lot of money, and trips to the dermatologists. However, if simple strategies like those mentioned here does not do you any good, it is time to see the doctor or herbalist. I prefer the latter though, however, nowadays doctor pays particular attention to their patients needs and holistic medicine.
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