Eczema and Psoriasis is both a Widespread and Unpleasant condition
It is caused by the Skin’s overreaction to Chemical substances found in –
Medications, body care products, soaps, foods and household cleaning products:
Can be triggered by stress, poor eating habits, dust mite and insect bites
The skin reddens, itches, and becomes dry, scaly or bubbly. Annoyingly, these dry patches of skin may also ooze a watery or sticky fluid.
Eczema has the ability to make life miserable for young and old.
How far the rash spreads depends on the person.
Some sufferers can be covered head to toe in a painful, weeping rash that requires hospitalisation and wet bandages while others will only have one or two dry spots.
Even mild eczema can be highly undesirable. Unsightly rashes on the hands and face are not a great help to one’s social life.
I have successfully treated Eczema and psoriasis over the years with a combination of Lifestyle changes, homoeopathic medicine, skin care preparations that I have personally prescribed and make for my clients. These products are called “Just for You” using a combination of chemically free base with the healing properties of essential oils and herbs.
Eczema can be hereditary. If one or both parents had eczema, you are likely to as well. The other risk factor is vaccines. Studies show that those who are vaccinated are more likely to have eczema or a range of other allergies than those who are not.
So, What Can You Do?
If scratching away at dry, red, and cracked skin is a part of your life, why not make the necessary changes that will either reduce or eliminate the problem completely? Removing the triggers will bring rapid relief to the soreness and itching while homoeopathy can help you get to the seat of the problem to deal with it once and for all. The remainder of this article will help you do just that. It will explore the common triggers for eczema, give some self-help tips, and then look at the homeopathic remedies commonly used by homeopaths to treat and clear eczema.
Identifying Common Triggers
How the Food you eat will help: When your immune system sees common food as an invader, eczema will result. Dairy products, cow’s and soy milk baby formulas, seafood, peanuts, sesame seeds, eggs, nuts, acidic fruit, and gluten-containing products made from wheat, rye, barley, and oats are common triggers for an over-sensitive immune system.
However sometimes, food is not always the problem at all, but the artificial additives in it. You may have no problem with a cut of steak but a fast food hamburger could be a whole different story.
Toxic Chemicals: Modern soaps, skin creams, perfumes, shampoos, conditioners, fabric softeners, paints, dyes, laundry and washing up detergents are anything but safe and gentle. Many chemicals they contain will all worsen eczema. Cigarettes and cigarette smoke is another culprit. Breaking the habit of smoking is easier than you may think, it is worth every discomfort.
Hot and Cold: Extremes of temperature irritate eczema, as can humid or very dry air – the much loved air-conditioner may not be man’s best friend after all! Hot showers or baths also act as triggers.
Natural Substances: Dust mites; moulds; feathers, pet hair, and dander; and grasses, plants, and pollens are well known allergens (things that produce a reaction). These allergens may be small but really pack a punch with eczema.
Stress: Our emotional health and stability is often reflected on our skin. Over-work, unhappiness, and stress can all worsen eczema.
- Avoid woollen and synthetic clothing as both can irritate eczema. Look for natural fibres such as cotton.
- It is important to wash new clothes before wearing to remove free-floating dyes and chemicals. Double-rinse clothes after washing to remove all detergent or alternatively my clients have found switching to an organic washing detergent helps.
- If your diet is low in essential fatty acids contribute to dry and inflamed skin. Oils such as flaxseed and fish oils are rich in omega 3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation and improve allergies. Add them to your diet.
- Soothe your skin with an oatmeal bath. Place a cup of oatmeal into an old stocking and let the water run through it as you fill your bath.
- Milk or apple cider vinegar dabbed onto the eczema can soothe the rash and settle the inflammation. Be warned – the apple cider vinegar may sting a little at first.
- Honey also relieves the inflammation and any infection. Apply to the affected area and cover.
- Organic coconut oil is a gentle and safe alternative to sorbolene cream for dry and sore skin. Sorbolene contains preservatives, emulsifiers, and mineral oil – as does baby oil and many of the over the counter products. These substances you don’t want to absorb through your skin and which can actually worsen eczema in some people.
- I have formulated a range of products that are suitable for even the most sensitive skins, that is only available and manufactured at Julie’s Naturopathic Health Care Services
Benefits of Treating Eczema with Homeopathy
Homeopathic remedies frequently relieve or eradicate eczema – not only for people but animals as well. They are safe to use with babies through to the elderly.
As a Qualified Homoeopath I will make your individual formula that will support the underlying cause of your eczema and dermatitis. As a qualified cosmetologist I have also formulated a Skin, Hair and Body Care Range “Just for You” that once again specific crèmes are manufactured at the clinic by me, using Pure Essential Oils and Herbs to support your treatment.
If the problem is long term we may also need to incorporate nutritional changes and a herbal formula for you as well.