Eczema, also known as dermatitis, is a chronic inflammatory condition of the skin causing itching, dryness, flakiness, oozing, and crusting of the skin. The incidences of eczema are increasing nowadays due to increased urbanization. Children and grown-ups are more exposed to high levels of pollution, stress, and processed food. With increased urbanization, the hygiene hypothesis is also said to be one of the factors which affect the normal response of the immune system. Also, children with a family history of eczema allergic conditions, such as urticaria, asthma, and allergic rhinitis, are more prone to getting eczema.
Atopic dermatitis is usually observed in infancy as childhood eczema. In some children, it may persist till puberty and get resolved on its own or persist beyond puberty. For some individuals, atopic dermatitis may alternate with asthma. When the atopic skin rash is treated with topical conventional medicines, the relief from skin symptoms improves but the child may start experiencing complaints of asthma and vice versa. If the child clears atopic dermatitis during puberty, he may develop seborrheic dermatitis, food allergy, respiratory allergies, or asthma in his adulthood. The tendency for atopy always remains and the child could have sensitive skin for the rest of his life.
Atopic dermatitis not only affects the quality of life of the patient significantly but also that of the caretakers. An infant with discomforting symptoms of itching could be cranky and would cause distress to the caretakers. Disturbed sleep and irritability are the troublesome symptoms with which the caretakers also have to deal as they have to comfort the patient. For a grown-up child, who is mature enough to understand, it can also lead to a negative self-image, withdrawal from society, etc. It is equally taxing for the parent to comfort the child, follow the routine of skin care, and diet regime as suggested. There are a lot of diet modifications to be made if the child has atopic dermatitis, which could be taxing for the parents, particularly for the mothers who are the primary caregivers of the child.
Eczema could also be observed in adults. It could express as allergy to metal and artificial jewelry or allergy to soaps, detergents, and household chemicals. Recently, in the pandemic, there has been an increased incidence of hand eczema due to frequent hand washing and the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers. For some adults, it can also express as foot eczema leading to discomforting symptoms, such as itching, redness, scaling, oozing, crust formation, and swelling of the legs. Again, for adults, the quality of life gets affected due to the symptoms, and it may lead to embarrassment, low self-esteem, and social isolation It may affect the interpersonal relationships of the patient.
How Can One Deal with Eczema of Any Kind?
Eczema is the overreaction of the immune system towards certain things (allergens) which may not affect other healthy individuals. The prescribed conventional medications may help to a certain extent to provide symptomatic relief and clear the skin. However, as the immune mechanism is not corrected, the symptoms show a tendency to relapse in some time after stopping the conventional medications. The steroidal creams cannot be used for a long time as it causes thinning of the skin. Moreover, the condition becomes resistant to medicines after the use of steroids
It is also a cumbersome task to keep on avoiding allergens. This could be done for a short duration of time but, in a long run, it could affect the productivity of the person and again cause a lot of annoyance to the patient.
With our rich experience at Life Force of treating a plethora of cases of eczema for more than 35 years, we are in a position to say that homeopathy is the best form of treatment for eczema. Our observation for cases of eczema treated with homeopathy is as below:
- Homeopathic treatment tries to address the problem of eczema from its root cause i.e. correcting the over sensitiveness of the immune system towards the allergens. Thus, the results obtained are more long-lasting.
- Homeopathic medicines are safe, non-habit-forming, and do not cause dependence or withdrawal symptoms when the medicines are stopped after the improvement in healing.
- Homeopathic medicines suit people of all age groups and genders. At Life Force Homeopathy, we have treated patients as young as 3 months and as old as 80 years.
- As the condition is treated from the root cause, the patient does not have to follow the restrictions related to the diet all his life.
- Moreover, as the problem is addressed from the root cause, chances of developing other atopic conditions after eczema heals are reduced.
However, initially, the person needs to follow some diet restrictions, such as avoiding gluten and dairy products, processed foods, foods with artificial flavors and colors, nuts, eggs, animal proteins, etc.
Besides this, using a mild glycerin soap or a soap-free body wash and gently massaging the skin with coconut oil before and after the bath helps in keeping the skin moisturized. Additionally, wearing cotton clothes, avoiding scented moisturizers and body sprays, and going into the swimming pool would also help.
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