Eczema Causes and How to Treat Dry, Itchy Skin
Within the past five years, it was found that eczema, a skin rash that affects 20 percent of children and 3 percent of adults worldwide, is an autoimmune disease. Named Atopic Dermatitis—eczema can flare up several times a year and for seemingly unknown reasons. Some people with the condition, always show signs of it.
An autoimmune illness involves the immune system, and with atopic dermatitis, your system becomes highly sensitive and will react to even the smallest allergens. Not only does the rash becomes visible on top of your skin, but it also causes inflammation underneath your skin. The rashes on the surface are telling you about a deeper inflammation going on inside your body.
While there is no cure for eczema, there are many natural things that can help out with inflammation, itching, and to ultimately have fewer flare-ups.
Autoimmune disorders and Food
A flare-up can be caused by eating certain foods. Take notes of your flare-ups when they occur, and what you’ve eaten to ensure that your eating to work with your disease, not against it.
Aloe Vera has systematic properties that help fight against flare-ups by working with your immune system to boost its power. It has antibacterial, antimicrobial, and wound-healing agents. These properties help clear up inflammation and stop eczema from spreading.
Start by using small amounts of the gel on the affected skin, and make sure that the aloe is not going to be one of your irritants instead. (Aloe is great for anyone to have around in the medicine cabinet because of its soothing properties.) When looking for the right product make sure to choose one that has low ingredients, alcohol, fragrances, and added colors.
Also, buying a plant and keeping it around can ensure that your aloe is the only aloe. When your plant has grown, you can cut off one of the stems and use it for when your skin flares up.
Baths are an important part of a routine when eczema comes into play. The autoimmunity allows for skin to not take in moisture. This issue causes the visible rash that is brought on by deeper inflammation. Taking a bath and then using oatmeal or coconut-based lotion (or lotion that works for you), will help keep the moisture in and lessen the itchiness that may come with the rash.
When taking a bath, experiment with the temperature. Too hot or too cold baths will help with the inflammation instead of fighting against it. So finding the right balance in the water is an essential component.
Coconut oil contains healthy fatty acids. This information means that the oil will help keep moisture in your skin. It was also found that virgin coconut oil may protect the skin against future flare-ups.
One of the many great things about coconut oil is that you can find it in many places. Grocery stores have it in the baking section; drug stores have it in the burn section. Either way, you’ll be able to find the oil that easily.
Apply it to your skin two to four times a week after you shower or bath will help keep your flare-ups to a minimum.
Colloidal oatmeal has many benefits, including antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that help combat dryness, itching, roughness, and scaling. Tests provide evidence that this form of oatmeal—Avena Stevia, oatmeal that has been ground and boiled to extract the healing components—works with the skin to lessen flare-ups and remove itchiness.
Colloidal oatmeal comes in many forms; you can find it in body washes, powders, lotions, and more. As with the Aloe Vera make sure you are purchasing fragrance and alcohol-free products and watch the ingredients list. If it gets too long, it may have something that will negatively affect your eczema.
Conclusion: what to do if you think you have eczema
Unfortunately, any form of autoimmunity seems to be impossible to cure at this point. Scientists and studies continue to make progress, but until the time where there is a cure for eczema, having the notes above can help. Also make sure to have a doctor you can have an open and honest dialog with about your treatments, what you want, and how natural remedies can help.
Enhancing your daily routine with moisture, baths, and diet can help stave off flare-ups, but not completely. Have a doctor you trust to help.