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Don’t Scratch! What To Do When Your Eczema Itches & Best Natural Treatment

Is eczema bothering you? If your skin is dry, itchy, red, sore and scaly you may have eczema. Here are some are natural remedies that may help to prevent eczema and heal your skin.

What Is Eczema?

Eczema is a chronic inflammatory condition of the skin that is characterized by a distinctive pattern of symptoms such as itching, scaling, oozing, crusting, thickening and discoloration of the skin. The medical terms Eczema and Dermatitis are usually taken as synonyms and they include various skin conditions with different or unknown causes and exhibit a picture of skin lesions. As eczema progresses the skin starts scaling and thickening with patchy skin and pigmentation. Eczema may have some serious and life-changing implications, thus, you need to address it at the earliest.

What’s Causing Eczema?

The exact cause of eczema is unknown. Most researchers believe that a combination of triggers and genes are involved in causing eczema. 

Patients suffering from eczema tend to have an over-reactive immune system that is triggered by substances inside or outside the body, and it responds to these triggers by producing inflammation. This inflammation causes itching, redness, and painful skin symptoms common to most types of eczema.

Some of the studies show that many people with eczema undergo gene mutation responsible for creating filaggrin [Filaggrin is a protein which helps our body to maintain a protective barrier on the very top layer of the skin. If filaggrin is not present in a sufficient amount to build a strong skin barrier, viruses and bacteria can enter the body and moisture can escape from the skin. Thus, many people suffering from eczema have very dry and infection-prone skin. 

What Are The Triggers For Eczema?

While living with eczema, working hard to keep your symptoms in control is very essential to stay healthy and comfortable. When you are determining the probable triggering factors for your eczema, you should keep in mind that eczema flare can appear sometime after the exposure. There can be a lag time between the exposure and appearance of symptoms, this lag time can make some triggering factors difficult to be detected. Thus, you should maintain a daily diary that includes food & daily routine to help you identify the probably triggering factors for your body.

Triggering factors may be different for every individual. However, there are certain common triggers that you may observe for yourself. These common triggers include:

  • Irritants: Day-to-day irritants include products such as shampoo, soaps, bubble bath, body wash, surface cleaners, disinfectants. Some natural substances like fruit juice, meat, certain vegetables can irritate your skin after touching.

Common Irritants Include:

  1. Cigarette smoke
  2. Strong fragrances
  3. Metals
  4. Soaps and cleaners
  5. Certain fabrics like polyester, wool, etc.
  6. Isothiazolinone which is present in personal care products like baby wipes
  7. Antibacterial ointments contain substances like bacitracin and neomycin
  8. Formaldehyde present in disinfectants and household cleaners, certain vaccines, adhesives, and glue
  9. Paraphenylene-diamine which is used in leather dyes and making temporary tattoos
  10. Cocamidopropyl betaine is used to thicken lotions and shampoos.
  • Dry Skin:

Another trigger for eczema is when your skin gets too dry, it can easily become brittle, rough, scaly, or tight which can aggravate eczema.

  • Stress:

Emotional stress is one of the major triggers for eczema. Some patients complain of eczema being flared up when they feel stressed. While there are others that may become stressed by knowing that they have eczema, this can in turn lead to aggravation of the eczema symptoms.

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Types of Eczema

Eczema is broadly classified into Exogenous or Endogenous based on whether the exciting cause is external or internal respectively. Below is a list of types of eczema:

  • Irritant contact dermatitis – Caused by irritants like soaps, cleaners, detergents, alkalis, organic solvents, and certain medications like retinoic acid and benzoyl peroxide.
  • Allergic contact dermatitis – caused by chemicals, cosmetics, and artificial jewelry.
  • Phototoxic dermatitis – Caused due to exposure to sunlight after getting in contact with certain chemicals that evoke photosensitivity.
  • Photo allergic dermatitis – Caused by exposure to strong sunlight.
  • Infectious eczema – It is an allergic reaction to organisms or their products.

Endogenous Eczema

  • Seborrheic dermatitis- Caused by dryness of the skin and hypersensitivity to cold.
  • Atopic dermatitis- Caused by a poor immune system and excess sebum secretion.
  • Pompholyx- Caused due to accumulation of venous blood similar to varicose veins.
  • Discoid eczema- The exact cause for discoid eczema is unknown. The probable cause may be hormonal imbalance or stress.
  • Lichen simplex- Caused by chronic dermatitis.
  • Stasis dermatitis- The cause is nerve originated, by itching- scratching- itching response.

Symptoms of Eczema

Eczema is commonly characterized by edema, erythema, papules, vesicles, crusting, and oozing. The eczema patches chronologically exhibit itching, dryness, thickening of the skin. It usually occurs on the face, knees, wrists, and elbows. Scaling, fissuring, thickenings of skin, and hyperpigmentation are also commonly seen in eczema patients.

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Treatments For Eczema

Conventional Treatment for Eczema

Antihistamines and steroids are the ones that are prescribed for Eczema. These drugs help to relieve edema and skin lesions. However, these drugs may cause a lot of side effects in the form of allergic reactions like itching, rashes, hay fever, and hives. These medicines do not cure eczema, they merely suppress the symptoms for a temporary period. These medicines have serious side-effects and thus they need to be administered very cautiously.

Natural Remedies For Eczema

Complementary systems of medicine that consists of Ayurveda, homeopathy, and dietary supplements aim to address the root cause of eczema. Eczema is caused due to stress, hormonal issues, or some chemicals. Natural sciences are believed to support the normal functioning of the skin and help to boost the immune system to stop being hypersensitive to the stimuli like allergens.

Natural ingredients tinospora cordifolia, rubia cordifolia, neem, and curcuma longa have shown tremendous effects in clinical studies on sciatica. A few clinical studies are mentioned below:

  • Tinospora Cordifolia: A study suggests that tinospora cordifolia possesses natural antioxidants and anti-microbial activities and can be helpful in eczema. [1]  
  • Rubia Cordifolia: Research shows that rubia cordifolia helps in exudation, secondary infection, and itching naturally. [2]  
  • Azadirachta indica: A study indicates that azadirachta indica may help to improve skin functioning and boost immunity. [3] 
  • Curcuma longa: Research suggests that curcumin helps to improve the skin as it possesses natural anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin is the main ingredient present in curcuma longa or turmeric. [4] 

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Dr. Khyati Dave

Dr Khyati Dave is a licensed Homeopathy Physician and Nutritional Consultant. With Biogetica, she has witnessed many patients, who had otherwise given up hope, heal faster supplemented by our natural methods. She considers consulting Biogetica patients her primary responsibility and honour. She often writes about nutrition, natural treatment methods and diet. Her mission is to apply her medical talents to help each patient heal faster and do her best to give the immunity of patients with so called ‘incurable’ diseases a fighting chance.

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