Eczema is a medical condition in which parts of the skin become rough and inflamed which can lead to itching and bleeding. Eczema most commonly appears on the face, back of the knees, wrists, hands, or feet. But it may also affect other areas as well. Eczema is very common, and in many cases also manageable.
It’s most common for babies and children, but adults can also develop eczema, even if they never had it as a child. Affected areas usually appear very dry, thickened, or even scaly. But don’t worry, eczema is not contagious. You can’s catch it from someone else, and if you have, you can’t transfer it to someone you care about.
Eczema most frequently starts before age 5 and can persist in adolescence and adulthood. It flares up periodically for some people and then clears up for a while, even for a few years. Eczema symptoms can vary from person to person, and they include:
- Dry skin.
- Red and gray patches, especially on the hands, wrists, feet, ankles, eyelids, neck, upper chest, inside the bend of the elbows and knees, and sometimes, the face and scalp.
- Small but raised bumps, which leak fluid when scratched.
- Thickened, cracked, scaly skin.
- Raw, sensitive, swollen skin.
Eczema is related to a gene variation that affects the ability of the skin to provide this protection. This allows environmental factors, irritants and allergens to affect your skin. Food allergies can play a role in causing eczema in some children.
Living with eczema can be a difficult and an ongoing challenge. Know your triggers so that you can avoid exposure and implement a daily bathing and moisturizing routine that works for you.
Although no cure has been found for this skin condition, there are methods and treatments that can relieve itching and even prevent new outbreaks. Like this homemade eczema cream.
Homemade Eczema Cream Recipe
- 1/2 cup of raw shea butter
- 1 tbsp of organic honey
- 1/2 cup of organic coconut oil
- 20 drops of lavender essential oil
- 8 drops of tea tree oil
- 5 drops of geranium essential oil
Mix the coconut oil and shea butter heat on medium, then add the honey. Stir well, and add the essential oils. Stir again. Leave the mixture to cool, then apply it twice daily on the affected area. You will reduce and relieve the symptoms of eczema in no time!
The following tips can help prevent eczema flares:
- Moisturize your skin at least twice a day. Choose products that work well for you. Creams, ointments and lotions seal in moisture.
- Identify and avoid triggers that worsen the condition. Sweat, stress, obesity, soaps, detergents, dust and pollen are things that can worsen the skin reaction. Try to reduce your exposure to your triggers. Children may experience flares from eating certain foods, like eggs, milk, soy and wheat.
- Take shorter baths or showers. Limit your baths and showers to 10 minutes or less. Avoid hot water.
- Use gentle soaps. Choose soaps that are soft. You can remove more natural oils and dry your skin with deodorant soaps and antibacterial soaps.
- Dry yourself carefully. After you are done bathing, use a soft towel to gently pat your skin dry and apply moisturizer immediately while your skin is still damp.
Natural Remedies For Eczema
Studies show that applying coconut oil topically reduces the amount of staph bacteria on the skin, reducing the chance of infection. Apply coconut oil to damp skin once or twice a day. Select “virgin” or “cold pressed” coconut oils. This oil extraction method does not use chemicals that may further irritate the skin.
Sunflower oil enhances the barrier function of the skin and helps to retain moisture. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. Apply sunflower oil twice a day to adult skin, one of which is shortly after bathing while skin is still wet. If you have a known allergy to sunflower seeds, avoid using sunflower oil.
Cardiospermum is an Indian and African flowering tropical vine. Cardiospermum can help reduce inflammation, itching, and bacteria on the skin when extracted and placed in a topical ointment.
TOPICAL VITAMIN B12
It has been shown that topical vitamin B12 is effective for symptoms of eczema in both adults and children.