Living With Eczema

 
Eczema

Four Natural Ways to Treat Eczema

WHAT IS ECZEMA?

First things first, eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a condition that causes a person to develop patches of dry itchy skin, blisters and rashes on their body. It often develops as a result of inflammation in the body.

While it’s important to always consult your doctor to make sure you’re doing the right thing for YOUR body, the treatments outlined below seem to work very well for me!

COCONUT OIL

Coconut oil is a great natural moisturizer that also helps to reduce the amount of staph bacteria on your skin to decrease your risk of infection.

Applying coconut oil once or twice a day to damp skin helps to sooth itchiness and dryness by keeping it moist throughout the day.

Be sure to choose coconut oils that are “virgin” or “cold pressed.” This method of oil extraction does not use chemicals that might further irritate skin.

EATING THE RIGHT FOODS

Changing your diet can actually have a huge impact on your eczema, both in good ways and bad. Making sure you’re eating the right foods and avoiding those that can cause your eczema to flare up is important.

Try eating foods that have:

  • anti-inflammatory properties (like fatty fish)

  • high levels of quercetin (like apples, broccoli and spinach)

  • probiotics (like miso soup, soft cheeses and tempeh)

Try avoiding foods that may increase your symptoms like:

  • dairy

  • eggs

  • nuts

  • soy

For more information, check out this article: How to Create an Eczema-Friendly Diet.

LIMITING STRESS

Some experts believe that there is a strong connection between the mind and skin disorders. So, stress, anxiety and other emotional disorders can worsen your eczema symptoms.

Here are some things that I do to relieve my stress and anxiety!

You can also try CBD products and massage therapy. It is well known that massage helps relieve stress, which may then help reduce eczema flare-ups.

It’s important to go to a massage therapist who is accredited and experienced with working with people with non-contagious skin conditions. Always make sure your massage therapist uses natural oils and lotions so your skin doesn't get irritated!

WARM BATHS

Taking a warm bath is a great way to de-stress and can also help relieve a lot of the itchiness and irritation caused by eczema.

You can try adding baking soda, uncooked oatmeal or colloidal oatmeal (such as Aveeno) to your bath water. Just soaking for 10-15 minutes helps restore moisture to your body. After your bath, be sure to apply coconut oil or other moisturizer while your skin is still damp.

WHAT WORKS FOR YOU

Remember, these treatments are just some of many that you can try for eczema relief. I tend to opt for the more natural approach for treatment, but you can also talk to your doctor to discuss other options if you find you need it!

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