Fall… doesn’t matter how much I love this beautiful season, but I am not excited about it at all. Usually, this is when my eczema getting out of control. I have been dealing with this condition my whole life. I saw a lot of dermatologists, and what they do, prescribe me ointment or steroids and send me home. They do help some, but eczema doesn’t go away completely and keeps flaring it up after a while again. And I don’t like to take pills, especially steroids, so I did my researches and decided to experiment on myself:)
An eczema is a group of conditions that cause inflammation of the skin. The symptoms of it could be difficult to treat. When eczema flares up, it causes swelling, redness, not just itchy and dry skin it also becomes cracked and leathery.
Often the symptoms of it are embarrassing. Because for me it’s everywhere, not just one spot. It is usually on my face, neck, hands, and arms. And it doesn’t look pretty.
Eczema is a chronic problem for many people. And they have a higher risk of having conditions like asthma or hay fever.
What Causes Eczema?
When I gave up on doctors, I started my own research. I read a lot of articles and blogs about this condition, they all said pretty much the same what doctors say. Eczema runs in families. And it could be hereditary. I could not believe it, because no one in my family has skin problems, but me. So I started to dig even dipper and found out things that could trigger eczema:
- Heat and sweat
- Cold, dry climate
- Contact with irritating substances such as wool, soap, laundry detergent, dish soap, synthetic fabrics, and even cigarette smoke
- Dry skin
- Some food (what my doctor didn’t tell me)
- Seasonal allergies (pollen)
- Year-around allergies (animals, mold, dust mites)
What Are The Symptoms Of Eczema?
The most important thing to remember is that eczema and its symptoms are different for everyone. Eczema usually itchy. For many people, it is mild or moderate. But in some cases, the itching sometimes can be so bad that you want to scratch constantly, even in your sleep.
Typically, eczema looks like chronically itchy, red, dry patches, usually on hands, neck, face, and legs (but it could occur anywhere).
Fluid-filled blisters are one of the symptoms of eczema, they also call it “wet eczema”. They can ooze and form crusts.
Cracking. Severely affected skin with eczema may develop painful, deep cracks.
But the only way to know if you have eczema is to visit your doctor.
Types Of Eczema
There are a lot of different types of eczema:
- Atopic dermatitis
- Contact dermatitis
- Nummular dermatitis
- Dyshidrotic dermatitis
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Stasis dermatitis
All of them have similar symptoms, but at the same time, different allergens trigger certain dermatitis. So as a treatment for each type of eczema is gonna vary.
How To Treat Eczema Naturally?
I might disappoint you, there is no cure for eczema, but there is a treatment for it. First and foremost you need to go to a doctor and find out what kind of eczema you have. He or she will prescribe you an ointment or steroid type of cream, which helps a little bit with itchiness, also he might order an allergy test to see what you are allergic to.
It’s up to you if you want to use Rx or go the more natural way. I chose the second.
Good skin care is the key if you have any type of dermatitis. If you have mild eczema, that might be all you need. But if you are like me the severe case, you have a choice to take steroids ( which is gonna help but for a short period) or basically experiment on yourself (but it might take some time).
Know your triggers. By this I mean you need to monitor when is your eczema flares up the most. Also, there are certain types of foods like milk, eggs, soy, citruses, chocolate can trigger your eczema. Unfortunately, my doctor didn’t tell me about the trigger foods, and I was doing exactly what the doctor told me to do, and nothing would work.
But as soon as I decided to eliminate dairy, eggs, citruses from my diet I saw a huge difference. In order to see the difference, you need to stay on this diet for at least 3 weeks. That is why it’s gonna take some time until you will figure out what foods exactly triggers your eczema.
Even a little bit amount of those trigger foods, makes my skin flare up.
Be patient. If you suffer from eczema, believe me I know what you are going through. When it’s itching so bad, that you want to grab from your kitchen something very sharp, and scratch the hell out of it, please don’t do it! It will make even worse, and it’s hard to stop.
Take a lukewarm shower or bath with Epsom salt, it might help to calm your skin. Dry yourself very carefully (pat yourself dry, instead of rubbing).
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize your skin! There are a few different brands that worked for me, Aquaphor, Euserin, Aveeno.
Natural Remedies For Eczema
Natural remedies for eczema may be as simple as changing your laundry detergent, fabric softener or soap.
Coconut oil. Studies showed that coconut reduces the number of staph bacteria plus it’s a great moisturizer. Be sure to choose “virgin” or “cold pressed coconut oils.
sunflower oil. It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps skin to retain moisture. Avoid using it, if you have an allergy to sunflower seeds.
FCLO Fermented Cod Liver Oil. Sounds very disgusting and it tastes disgusting too, but I take it as a daily supplement. It’s a great source of Fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Which helps not just skin but reduces inflammation in the body.
Mind-body approach. Stress is a known trigger for atopic dermatitis flares. Researches show, when you experience a stressful situation, your body produces inflammation. And It is an underlying cause of eczema symptoms.
Get a humidifier. Dry air could be stressful for your skin.
This article, based on my personal experience, and it shouldn’t be construed as individual medical advice.