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Eczema is a condition characterized by inflammation of the skin that is usually associated with blisters, red bumps, swelling, oozing, scaling, crusting, and itching.
There are various types of eczema. They include contact eczema, which is characterized by sharp demarcations where substances such as direct irritants, allergy-causing agents, chemicals, certain perfumes, and/or light exposure contact the skin to create a rash; and atopic eczema, which occurs primarily in people with family histories of allergy, vitamin B12 problems, asthma, and allergic respiratory problems such as hay fever. In infants two to eighteen months old, atopic eczema can cause weeping and crusty, red spots on the face, scalp, and extremities. In older children and adults it may be more localized and chronic. It may subside by three to four years and may reoccur in adolescence or adulthood.
Other forms of eczema include seborrheic eczema, which primarily occurs on the scalp, face, and chest; nummular eczema, which is characterized by coin-shaped chronic red spots with crusting and scaling and normally occurs after the age of 35 and is often related to emotional stress and, in winter, to dry skin; chronic eczema, which occurs in hands or feet, and which can get very severe; generalized eczema, which is characterized by widespread inflammation over much of the skin; stasis eczema, which occurs in the lower legs and is associated with poor venous return of the blood and a tendency of the skin to turn brownish; localized scratch eczema, which occurs in specific patches, often with whitish areas that are well demarcated by areas of increased pigmentation or color, such as the arms, legs, ankles, and around the genitals, and is made worse by stress and scratching. Localized scratch eczema is much more frequent in women between 20 and 50 years of age.
Eczema is often called Dermatitis, and may be a symptom of an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency. Eczema can be due to allergies, allergies secondary to digestive disorders such as hydrochloric acid deficiency, rashes secondary to immune diseases, genetic metabolic disorders, and/or nutritional deficiencies, especially of niacin (vitamin B3) and B6, as well as other B vitamins.
To minimize your risk of developing eczema, avoid irritating substances, wear natural nonirritating materials, use soothing ointments, and check to see if dietary, nutritional, and/or and allergy-causing factors need to be considered.
There are natural cures for Eczema that do not involve the use of pharmaceutical drugs. They involve restoring the biochemical balance of the body, and making dietary and lifestyle changes designed to improve one's general health.
Eczema: the basics
Eczema is a type of dermatitis, or inflammation of the epidermis. The term describes a range of persistent skin conditions. These include dryness and recurring skin rashes characterised by redness, skin oedema (swelling), itching and dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding.
Some patients have areas of temporary skin discolouring, sometimes due to healed lesions, although scarring is rare.
There are various types of eczema, some less common than others. There is contact eczema, for example, and atopic eczema, usually found in patients who have a family history of allergy, vitamin B12 problems, asthma, and problems like hay fever.
There are many possible causes, including allergies, digestive disorders and immune diseases. Dietary factors thought to trigger the condition include dairy products and coffee, wheat and eggs, but there are others. Recent research has revealed that a diet rich in Omega 3 (and low in Omega 6) polyunsaturated fatty acids may be able to alleviate some of the symptoms. (Indeed, in some patients, the condition may be a symptom of an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency.)
Eczema treatments and eczema cures
Since there are really no known eczema cures, eczema treatments aim to control the symptoms by reducing the inflammation and relieving itching.
There are various pharmaceutical eczema treatments around, including antibiotics and steroids. Other ways of dealing with eczema include treatments such as light therapy.
Some of the medical eczema treatments on offer are thought to increase the potential risk of side-effects. So some people who have it prefer not to go for conventional eczema treatments, but consider treating the condition with natural ciures instead, or those which don't involve the use of any pharmaceutical drugs.