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Eczema

From a natural medicine perspective the skin is viewed as a reflection of inner health and the balance from within. Eczema is known to have an allergic component. Part of the riddle that must be determined is whether the irritant is internal or external.

Actually eczema is part of what is called the atopic triad, meaning that it belongs to a series of conditions that include hay fever and asthma as well. Though it is not mandatory that eczema, hay fever and asthma must occur in the same person, it is more common than not.

Living with eczema, typically consists of skin that is hot, dry and itchy. The more severe version has skin that can be broken and raw, which causes bleeding. Roughly five percent of the population has eczema. This is a condition that progresses because of its symptoms. Rather, if someone rubs or scratches their skin, the body responds by thickening that area of the skin. Your body is trying to protect itself, and it can be quite frustrating and embarrassing for the individual.

Internal causes frequently include food allergies and nutritional deficits. With recent advances in testing technology, a simple Aller-Food Check home test can be conducted with results for 96 delayed food allergies. Oftentimes, a food allergy does not show up right away, it may take a few days or even weeks to show signs of an allergic reaction. Since this condition is considered an allergic reaction, it is quite common for the person to have a personal history of allergies and hay fever, whether it comes from environmental or food issues. Many times the person who has eczema will have a family history of allergies.

It has been found that the immune system of an eczema sufferer produces excessive amounts of histamine. When combined with any kind of allergy it can cause this kind of skin reaction. Another abnormality in the immune system is the ability to defend against bacteria. Often times there are higher amounts of bacteria present on their skin. So, the combination of producing lots of histamine from allergens, not being able to fight bacteria, and scratching or rubbing their irritated skin can overwhelm the body and force it to react with these symptoms.

There are several different types of eczema and each is dependent of the individuals’ specific allergies and irritants:

  • Atopic eczema
  • Allergic contact dermatitis
  • Irritant contact dermatitis
  • Infantile seborrhoeic eczema
  • Adult seborrhoeic eczema
  • Varicose eczema
  • Discoid eczema

Moisture

While there has been much research concerning this skin disease, no cure has been realized. However, due to this research many benefits have been found to combat this condition. One of the most important things you can do is maintain sufficient moisture levels in your skin. Eczema can be triggered by dry skin, so keeping it moist is essential. You can keep your skins moisture levels up by applying moisturizers or ointments to the outside. If you consume natural oils like flax seed or omega-3 oils your body will secrete some of it through the skin. This will help the skin maintain its moisture and also block allergens from resting on the surface of the skin. Fueling the body with sufficient essential fatty acids can help lubricate the skin from the inside out. It is estimated that only 1 in 6 North Americans get sufficient omega-3 essential fatty acids.

There are several supporting nutrients that can benefit the skin and ease dry, itchy and inflamed skin.

Skin Irritants

Everyone has come in contact with something that has caused a rash or skin irritation, one of the most common is poison ivy. Other exposures could be chemicals that you use in your workplace, home or even in your vehicle. In terms of environmental factors you must consider whether you have new products that you might be reacting to. Common ones include new soaps, laundry detergents, fabric softeners and dryer sheets, lotions, new clothing or bedding, etc. The key is to play detective and ask yourself when did it start. If you suspect a hygienic product, you can do your own home testing. Apply the product to a patch of skin and if the area becomes irritated and red, consider eliminating the culprit from your home environment. Also looking at new medications you have started or stopped is also an important consideration.

Each individual who has eczema has the responsibility of finding out what exactly is causing their condition. It may even come down to a simple nutrient deficiency. It has been recommended by leading medical experts that everyone can benefit from taking a high-quality and complete daily multi-vitamin. Few people actually eat a sufficiently health and broad diet to ensure the adequate intake of nutrients for all the biochemical processes necessary to not just sustain the human body but to help it truly thrive.

Summary

Eczema has been associated to an allergic reaction for the skin. There are different variations and intensities. It can present itself as dry, hot, itchy skin that can be so intense it will crack and bleed. It may be due to environmental or food allergies and a food allergy test can pin-point what you are allergic too. Environmental allergens will need to be eliminated from your environment. There are many causes of eczema and it is important to weed out what your personal triggers are.

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