The skin is a very sensitive organ and when there is any stress in your life, be it at school, work, home, can manifest itself as an eczema symptom or other skin conditions such as acne and dermatitis.
Eczema is one of the most difficult skin conditions to endure due to the constant itch, pain and bleeding that it brings. The skin becomes red and flaky and can become enflamed where many external irritants bring on an break out.
Atopic eczema is the most severe and difficult to control eczema and is usually present within the first few years of life. The medical profession have still not exactly pinpointed the cause of eczema, however it would appear that there is a distinct connection between the immune system and allergies and a “leakage” in the skin.
Eczema is more prone if there is eczema in one or both parents, there is a chance that it may miss a generation, however this is quite rare, if the eczema in the parent is reasonably severe.
Many people with eczema have multiple allergies to foods such as, wheat, dairy products, nuts eggs and fish.
The allergies also continue to non-food substances such as animal hair/dander, wool, dust and chemicals used in detergents can also set off the eczema symptom.
When an area of the body flares up, the skin becomes itchy and hot and prompts the individual to scratch. The scratching removes the top layer of the skin and creates further itching, the cycle continues until the skin weeps or bleeds.
This skin condition can be very stressful and interferes in everyday life. There are varying measures of severity, however, even mild eczema can cause considerable discomfort.
The doctor will usually prescribe eczema medication in the form of steroid creams such as hydrocortisone. These creams when applied to the skin give immediate relief, however, the relief is short-lived and only lasts for approximately one day.
These creams are beneficial initially for clearing up the damaged skin but must only be used for the limited time directed by the doctor.
Other methods must be incorporated into the lifestyle to avoid eczema flare ups and contact with potential allergens (irritants).
If you are not lucky enough to grow out of your eczema by your twenties. You must begin research into what causes the eczema. Following are a few common culprits which bring on eczema attacks.
Dust, mould, additives in food, alcohol, sweat, household detergents, the above mentioned foods.
You can take an allergy test, where all the common allergy foods are tested on your skin. This can eliminate the offending foods from your diet.
Using natural methods as a remedy for eczema to heal and remove eczema from your life can be rewarding as there are no side effects and can be implemented into everyday life.