Eczema Treatment: Learn the Symptoms, Causes, Home Remedies & Cures
(Note from Ingela: this article is written by my boyfriend, because he’s dealt with eczema in the past, and has a lot more experience dealing with it than I do, so without further ado…)
Eczema can cause a lot of problems. Not just in the appearance area, but also in how you feel. Some people even think eczema is contagious, which doesn’t help.
I’ve run into a lot of health problems in my late teens, but I wouldn’t have it any other way, because all of those problems taught me to live a healthier and ultimately happier life.
What is Eczema?
For me eczema means having dry, red, itchy skin that is heavenly to scratch, but not so cool when you wake up with blood on the sheets, and discover that your eczema has spread.
Eczema is commonly confused with atopic dermatitis, but in medical speak eczema can refer to a family of skin conditions that cause swollen, itchy, and irritated skin.
The word ‘eczema’ is actually derived from Greek words, where it literally means ‘to boil over’. A lot of people suffer from this skin condition, so you’re not alone.
Doctors say that there is no eczema treatment that cures and heals your skin, but I keep hearing about people that have done it. I’ve done it myself, and the cure was very simple.
What is the Cause of Eczema?
There are many different believed causes of eczema. There is no one cause, which is why you have to play detective and find what is causing your particular case.
Here are a few possible causes.
Weather. Believe it or not; the weather can be a big cause of the dryness of your skin, at least it was for me. If you live in the northern hemisphere the air is very dry, especially during winter, which means you have to find a natural moisturizer and use it day and night.
Food. Processed foods may taste good, but they wreak havoc on your health and your skin. Many people who have eczema are also intolerant to foods containing dairy (especially the milk protein casein), gluten, and refined sugar. Discover which foods cause your eczema and eliminate them.
Allergies. What hygiene products do you use? With what do you wash your clothes? Make sure they are hypoallergenic and as natural as possible. We are swimming in chemicals, and most products use them, because they make creating the products cheaper. Look out for ingredients you can’t pronounce.
Stress. Have you been working hard lately? Stress can be a big contributor to not only skin problems, but also many other functions in the body. Researchers and scientists are just discovering this. Make sure you take time out to relax. I’m not talking about sitting in front of the TV. Take time out to meditate, do yoga, read a book, or sit and breathe.
Digestion. How’s your digestion doing? If your gut is not healthy, neither is the rest of your body. If your gut cannot take in the nutrients from the food you eat, your whole being will suffer. The best way to get your digestion back on track is to eat healthy, natural foods, such as meat, fruits, and vegetables.
What are the Symptoms?
If you’ve read this far, I think you’re already somewhat aware of the symptoms, but just in case you want a refresher, here are the most common ones:
Itching. One of the most common characteristics of eczema is itching skin. When you itch it feels heavenly so you can’t stop. But itching can be a symptom of many other problems as well. However, if you have eczema you are probably familiar with the itching part of it.
Blisters. As your eczema progresses it may start blistering, oozing, and causing other problems. Usually small water blisters can form on your hands or feet. They are itchy and if you scratch them, they ooze liquid.
Crusts. You may also find that crusts can develop on your skin. These are hardened parts that are created by all the oozing. They are also usually deliciously fun to scratch away, but it isn’t the wisest strategy.
Dryness. Last, but not least comes the dryness. Your skin seems itchy all over your body, because it is so dry. This happened to me a lot before I started seriously moisturizing my skin with a natural skin care product that was completely free from chemicals.
Remedies, Cures, And Treatments… Do They Exist?
I discovered that my eczema was caused by dry skin. When I traveled abroad to warmer, more humid countries I discovered that my skin would start to heal, so I started using moisturizers at home in Scandinavia, and I discovered that my eczema never showed up, as long as I kept moisturizing.
My case was easier than most, but the funny thing about eczema remedies, cures and treatments is that different remedies work for different people, so don’t lose hope.
If you’re looking for a healing eczema cream, I recommend the DermCare System from ZenMed. It’s natural, proven to work, and comes with a guarantee.
Keep experimenting and trying different solutions. If you have severe eczema, I advise you to get in touch with a professional right away.
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