Tips for Managing Eczema without Drugs - Part IV
This is Part IV of our Tips for Managing Eczema without Drugs series.In Part I (http://www.adrescuewear.com/blog/tips-for-managing-eczema-without-drugs-part-i/) we looked at bathing and moisturizing. Part II (http://www.adrescuewear.com/blog/tips-for-managing-eczema-without-drugs-part-ii/) took us through an examination of fabrics, climate and temperature, and vitamin supplementation. Part III (http://www.adrescuewear.com/blog/tips-for-managing-eczema-without-drugs-part-iii/) is an exploration of Food Allergies, Allergy Testing and the impact of overall diet on eczema. Here, in the fourth part of our series, we’re exploring infant formula, fatty acid supplements, probiotics, stress management, and immunotherapy for eczema management.
For infants suffering from eczema, there are special hydrolyzed formulas. These are a really good option when breast-feeding is not possible. Hydrolyzed or partially hydrolyzed formulas include more easily digestible whey proteins that have already been broken down. For infants intolerant to cow’s milk formula, amino acid-based formulas are also available.
GLA Fatty Acid Supplements: Evening Primrose, Borage Oil
Evening primrose oil, black currant seed oil, and borage oil contain quite high levels of GLA and can be a good supplement for eczema management. Gamma linoleic acid (GLA) is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that is a precursor of inflammatory mediators. Research has suggested that the enzyme responsible for converting linoleic acid to GLA (delta-6-desaturase) may be deficient in patients with atopic dermatitis or eczema. 2,000–6000mg daily in children and adults is a good dose.
Research continues to show the benefit of probiotics for improving the severity of eczema, and even preventing the onset of eczema in high-risk candidates. Lactobacillus species such as L. rhamnosus, L. plantarum, L. salivarius, and L. acidophilus, and Bifidobacterium breve have all undergone extensive research and have shown significant improvement of symptoms in patients.
It’s not surprising that stress can have a negative impact on the immune system and eczema can flare as a result. Relaxation, massage, aromatherapy, and even hypnosis can all be good options to help relieve eczema symptoms and recurrence. Stress management techniques should be used in combination with conventional topical therapies and daily skin maintenance.
Immunotherapy can help to desensitize a patient from specific allergic eczema triggers. There are also allergen-specific immunotherapies for people suffering from asthma and allergic rhinitis.
We have one final article in our Tips for Managing Eczema without Drugs series. Check in with us for Part V of the series where we look at acupuncture, herbal medicine, and homeopathy as natural tools to aid with eczema management.