Although we do not yet have a definitively effective treatment for eczema, we are starting to get close. As new drugs debut, we have high hopes that more people will be able to control their eczema flare ups, or at least reduce their severity. There are other avenues that you can explore right now, however. Certain natural treatments, involving a variety of natural supplements and vitamins, are used by many families to help manage eczema and keep it under control.
We do have to warn you that, although many of these supplements have helped with cases of eczema in the past, they should not be treated as a replacement for doctor prescribed medication. In other words, your mileage may vary. If you have an eczema child, these are options that you can try on top of what you are already doing, such as steroidal creams or wet wrap therapy with an Eczema Rescue Suit.
Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins our body needs. We all get enough in our daily diets to ward off scurvy, but there is also evidence that a little bit extra might be able to help with eczema.
Vitamin C contains powerful antioxidant that help to stabilize cell membranes. It also prevents inflammation by increasing the action of the enzyme histamines, breaking down high levels of histamine that causes inflammation.
Too much vitamin C is a bit of a waste, as most of it will pass straight through your system. Instead of taking a supplement, it might be best to increase the amount of vitamin C you eat in a day, by consuming foods like oranges, peppers, and dark greens like kale.
Some cases of eczema have been associated with low levels of vitamin D in the body. Created during sun exposure, vitamin D plays a major role in helping heal the skin. When there are low levels of this vitamin in the system, some studies have noticed that people are more likely to get skin infections.
If you wish to increase the levels of vitamin D in your system naturally, you could try to get more sun exposure. Just make sure that you are using an eczema-safe sunscreen to prevent damaging exposure to UVA/UVB radiation.
Probiotics are thought to help strengthen your immune system, giving your body an edge in preventing and fighting infections. Probiotics are living beneficial organisms that are naturally found in your body. You can find them in supplement form, or if you prefer to get them through food, in yogurt. Probiotics are also thought to help mitigate allergic reactions. Although many people use them for the treatment of eczema, there have been mixed results in scientific studies.
Fish oil is a popular supplement that is said to help inhibit the production of leukotriene B4, a molecule associated with inflammation and eczema. There have been some medical studies involving fish oil that show improvement of eczema symptoms after only 12 weeks. Another benefit of taking fish oil is that it’s an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, a great way to get an overall health boost.
Natural supplements can be a great way to augment your current eczema treatment routine. You may find that certain methods help reduce your eczema child’s flare ups to a manageable level. Or they might do nothing. Try them all to find out what may work for you.
Another completely natural eczema treatment is wet wrap therapy, utilizing an eczema wrap such as our Eczema Rescue Suit, Eczema Gloves, or Eczema Socks. They are made of a super soft, anti-itch fabric that can relieve your eczema child’s discomfort in bed, helping them get a good night’s sleep. Just bathe them in lukewarm water, pat them dry, apply an eczema-safe ointment to their skin, dampen the eczema wrap, put it on them, and put a layer of dry clothes on top. They are all set for a restful sleep, with the moisture locked into their skin. It is one of the most natural, effective eczema treatments you can hope for!