Natural Treatments for Soothing Eczema
Topical Steroids have been the treatment of choice for moderate to severe eczema. The emergence of Topical Steroid Addiction and Red Skin Syndrome is causing many to question this first line attack on eczema. Topical Steroid Addiction or Red Skin Syndrome is sweeping across the United States and the only treatment is discontinuing steroid use permanently. The National Eczema Association has even developed a Task Force to study the effects of Topical Steroid Addiction (http://nationaleczema.org/nea-forms-scientific-advisory-committee-task-force-study-topical-steroid-addiction/). Visit the International Topical Steroid Awareness Network for more information at (http://www.itsan.org). If you have angry, relentless eczema and have used topical steroids, you may have Topical Steroid Addiction.
What are Some Natural Treatments to Soothe Eczema without Topical Steroids?
Wet Wrap Therapy: Wet Wrap Therapy is a very effective treatment for eczema. Recent research reports a 70% reduction in eczema symptoms in just 5 easy treatments. Wet Wrap Therapy also cuts the need for topical steroids and calms the itch during treatment. Below is a simple diagram for Wet Wrap Therapy. Don’t let the word “wet” scare you off. The garments are actually damp and soothe and calm itchy eczema during treatment. Most major hospitals do wet wraps to quickly get control of severe eczema. Treatment lasts approximately 2 hours and many report seeing a difference after just one treatment. Dry clothing is applied over the damp anti-itch garments. Wet wrapping at night is an amazing way to control eczema and the itching to get a good night sleep. These wet wrap garments stay damp for 2 hours then dry into anti-itch eczema pajamas.
Omega-3 Fats: Omaga-3 Fats may help you battle eczema from the inside out. Often, dry skin may be a sign that you need additional Omega-3 Fats in your diet. Visit your local health food store and ask for an Omega-3 fat supplement from krill oil.
Vitamin D: Recent research reports a link between eczema and low Vitamin D levels. A Vitamin D supplement is an easy, inexpensive way to help eczema. Vitamin D drops are best if given to a child with eczema. Discuss dosages with your child’s doctor and the pharmacist. Read this article on recent research and Vitamin D https://www.adrescuewear.com/blog/vitamin-d-may-help-winter-eczema/
Limit Sugar and Take Probiotics: Recent research reports limiting sugar and adding a probiotic to meals can decrease emerging eczema by 50%. Purchase a probiotic at your local health food store. Open the capsule and sprinkle on your child’s meal before serving. Probiotics need to be taken with food for optimum results. Probiotics heal the gut and a healthy gut is required for a strong immune system. Read this article for more information on probiotics and eczema https://www.adrescuewear.com/blog/probiotics-and-allergic-skin-eczema/
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize: Keeping the skin healthy and the skin barrier smooth is extremely important. Bathing and moisturizing is the best way to minimize eczema symptoms. Here are safe and effective eczema creams.
Stress Management: Minimize stress in your life. Stress is a known eczema trigger.
Rinse Off Sweat: Shower immediately after heavy sweating, as sweat can trigger eczema outbreaks
Food Allergies: Eczema can be caused by certain foods or food allergens. This is more common in babies and young children. There is new research that suggests 1/3 to 2/3 of eczema suffers also have food allergies. Food allergies cause an allergic reaction that results in eczema. Below are some of the food groups that can trigger eczema.
The best way to discover if your child has a food allergy is to see an Allergist. Talk to your doctor or your child’s pediatrician about seeing an Allergist. An Elimination Diet can be very helpful in determining a food allergen or eczema trigger. Eliminating a food group entirely and watching your child’s eczema can be very helpful. For example, if you cut dairy out of your child’s diet for a week or two and the eczema improves, you can pinpoint that dairy is an eczema trigger. Only cut one food group out at a time or you will not know the trigger. Please visit WebMD for more information on an Elimination Diet (http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/allergies-elimination-diet) Check for unrecognized food allergies, which can sometimes manifest as eczema
Avoid Irritating Soaps, Detergents and Cleaners: According to the National Eczema Association, irritants are the top eczema trigger on their website. What is an Irritant? Irritants are ingredients or chemicals that can make your eczema worse. What irritates you may be different from what irritates your baby, but some irritants include: soaps, detergents, shampoos, dish-washing liquids, bubble bath and disinfectants like chlorine. Here is a link to safe and effective eczema skincare.
Decrease Dust Mites in Your Bedroom: Does your eczema itch worse at night when you are in bed? Get dust out of your bedroom with a HEPA vacuum and consider removing carpet and drapes. Make sure to wash bedding regularly in hot water. Wearing anti-itch eczema clothing can also help with nighttime itching. Visit www.adrescuewear.com for anti-itch eczema clothing and sheets.