Tips To Manage Your Eczema On Hands

Our hands is probably one of the most important parts of our body because not only they are always exposed, they are also important especially if when it comes to performing regular, day to day tasks. On the other hand, there were some skin conditions that greatly affect our hands that leave us to feeling embarrassed and may take toll on our self-esteem that exposing them could be a very hard thing to do.

Tips To Manage Your Eczema On Hands

One of the conditions that I am talking about are eczema on hands that not only leave us with a feeling of itchiness and dryness but also could trigger unsightly appearances like scabs, bumps, redness, and scales. However, here are some tips to help you manage your eczema on hands and also on other parts of your body that would greatly help and somehow make the appearance and the symptoms disappear.

Manage Your Eczema

It has been known that detergents are one of those things that you should avoid especially when you have eczema not only on the hands but also on other parts of your bodies. That is why it is important that when you have eczema on hands, you should avoid hand washing your delicate fabrics and just leave the task to the washing machine or someone else who is equipped to perform the task.

Skin Contact Dermatitis

Another thing that you could do when it comes to managing your eczema on hands and other parts of your body is to avoid contact with irritants especially those harmfully formulated cleaners that you use to clean your tubs, sinks, and your bathroom or kitchen. If possible and if you are really not allergic to it, you may wear hypoallergenic gloves to perform such tasks or just again, leave it to somebody else for you to totally avoid these allergens.

On top of that, what you may want to do is also avoid harsh soaps even the ones that you use for bathing when you have eczema on hands and on other parts of your body. What you may want to do is to ask your physician to recommend a brand that would not trigger your skin allergy and would be gentle on your skin.

Lastly, you could use lubricating lotions or creams to help manage your eczema on hands to somehow moisturize your dry skin and relieve the itchiness that you are feeling. When it comes to choosing a lotion, choose a product that is especially formulated to relieve dryness and itching that is for eczema.

All About Eczema

Eczema (Dermatitis): Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Eczema is an inflammation on the upper layers of the skin and it is a type of dermatitis. However, numerous skin conditions in which the skin turns red and results in fluid-filled bumps that ooze and irritate are also termed as eczema. The most common form of eczema is called as infantile eczema and it frequently occurs in older children and infants. Though, the cause of eczema may differ from person to person, it is mainly differentiated by red, dry and awfully inflamed patches on the skin.

atopic eczema allergy

Systemic corticosteroid is an internally administered steroid. In severe cases, systemic corticosteroids are administered as liquid, injector or pills. However, the treatment is avoided in the case of babies and children. Due to its high potential of side effects, they are used only for a short time. To solve the problems of initial stage of usage, topical treatments are used to treat the remaining illness as well as relief from associated itching and eczema.

Using corticosteroid without proper prescription or instruction should be generally avoided when two or more persons report the problem of eczema or serious itching. For example, if both child and parent have eczema, the doctor may be consulted for instruction on medication. Breastfeeding women should also avoid systemic corticosteroid. The medicine also affects growing fetus, hampering the development abilities and growth of baby or fetus.


The best way to apply corticosteroid is to apply on a damp body which is soaked. With this kind of practice it is expected to get symptoms and signs of relief.

Cataract and Glaucoma result from application of corticosteroid near the eyes in the facial areas. It is better to avoid putting medicines near or in the eyes. Some of the known side effects of corticosteroid are stretch marks, skin thinning, loss of effectiveness, loss of effectiveness and dilated blood vessels.

As Herbal Sources were commonly used treatments before the advent of corticosteroids, there is not much clinical information in this subject studied by medical and pharmaceutical profession. Doctors avoid discussing about herbal sources, since their license does not encourage such practice.

Dead Sea salt natural mineral formation at the Dead Sea

The bath salts can be used daily or regularly to keep the skin healthy, free from eczema and itching. The skin is conditioned by bath salts with correct pH and essential minerals. Wild oregano oil, which burns the sensitive skin, is also used to control itching. To take the sting out, the olive oil can be diluted. For immediate and better benefits, pure and virgin coconut oil can be mixed with bath water to stop itching.

Antihistamines and corticosteroid are some of the commonly used anti itch drugs for Eczema. Itching associated with severe eczema is treated with antihistamines. It is believed that sedating form of antihistamine is good to stop itching or symptoms of eczema and also results in peaceful sleep. As itching brings problems of loss of sleep, antihistamines work on them, and bring sleep to the sufferer. The body makes skin repairs during sleep, having effect on future itch.

The strength and type of antihistamines that are to be used depends upon severity of the problem. Antihistamines are safe to use under proper instructions without significant side effects. It is better to avoid using antihistamines without the instruction, especially for children, which may prove dangerous.

Corticosteroids

Topical Corticosteroids are used since 1950’s to treat eczema to relieve inflammation and reduce itching. Most of the dermatologists prescribe topical forms of medication for treating eczema. Corticosteroid reduces symptoms and signs of itching and eczema. The medication is also called as steroids or glucocorticoids. Prescription is generally made after considering all the factors such as severity, location on the body and medical history of the person.

Hydrocortisone Cream

Hyper pigmentation can also be relieved by skin peels. Skin peels of Glycolic, alpha, beta hydroxy acid can be applied to break and remove the outer surface of skin resulting in a softer and toned under skin. In cases of post inflammatory hyper pigmentation, peeling methods are commonly used. Topical treatment products are also used to speed up the process of skin lightening. Peels and light are used in tandem. Doctors also prescribe such home treatments. To get best results and for efficient treatment there should be 4 to 6 peels, by observing 3 to 4 weeks’ time lapse between peels. Based on the severity of hyper pigmentation, light laser treatments can also be used. Skin peels and light treatments are used to control skin wrinkles enhances skin clarity and to uncover smooth and soft new skin.


Post inflammatory hyper pigmentation is also successfully treated by microdermabrasion, a dermatological cosmetic procedure. Microdermabrasion also, just like peels, exfoliates upper part of skin and dark areas in it. Microdermabrasion treatment is chosen to continue post inflammatory hyper pigmentation for persons with sensitive skin to avoid reactions of other treatments. The half an hour process is performed by a machine which sprays fine crystals on surface of skin, to remove exterior layers of skin with gentle sanding process. After the crystals are sprayed, they are vacuumed away with exfoliated skin.

Woman having microdermabrasion

The body should have sufficient quantity of Vitamin E, which treats the skin by reducing the intensity and frequency of scratch. The vitamin E, after absorption makes a great difference. However, synthetic form should be avoided as body can not use such forms. Vitamin E oil can be applied to skin directly to stop itching. To stop itching, tomato juice can also be used to calm the skin. However, in some eczema cases, itching is caused.

Vitamin E

As a part of home remedies, peppermint bath relieves itching. A cup of white vinegar can also soaked with bath water to tame the itch. To get better relief from itching, the itchy parts can be washed with a solution of 2/3 parts water with 1/3 apple cider vinegar. Alternatively a paste of coconut oil and lime juice can be applied to get rid of the itch. To effectively stop skin inflammation and itching, dead tea salts can also used. The dead tea salts mixed with the bath water acts as disinfectant and treats infected and oozing eczema skin.  Herbal product to confront itch contain gum weed, chickweed, comfree, plantains and calendula.

The paste of Cinnamon powder and honey can be made applied to stop itching. To reduce severe occasion of itch, Vicks Vapor Rub can also be applied directly from its container. Colloidal oatmeal or the ground oatmeal made of edible oats stops the urge to itch. The skin gets irritated sensation and itching due to elevated pH. Colloidal oatmeal reduces pH levels and protects the skin from scratch.

 

Chickweed plant which grows in the winter months is known as a cooling weed due to its ability to calm hot rashes. Being rich in iron, potassium and calcium, they can be taken as a tea or a poultice. It can be used in bath for better relief of itch. As Chick weed has not been reported toxic, it is safe to use.

Gum weed extract is used as an antiseptic, purgative and disinfectant. The weed grows at dried water basins and roadsides in dry summer time. The boiled leaves and flowers of Gum weed are used for the treatment of broken and raw skin symptoms.

Marigold or Calendula should be taken by mouth to reduce skin inflammation and provides relief to various ailments. The herb was recognized as far back as 1300 AD. The oil extracted from the flower of Marigold is very useful for sensitive and oily skin types.

Marigold or Calendula

Topical application of Witchazel on skin is useful to treat itching. The antibacterial and antiseptic properties of Witchazel are used to treat broken skin and to control infections. The rare but inexpensive Witchazel is a very old method of treatment, providing miracle cure, without any side effects. As a herbal remedy, the leaves plantains are crushed and the residue is applied on the affected skin parts as a herbal remedy.

witch hazel for eczema

The above ingredients can also be boiled in tea. They can later be frozen in paper cups and used as ice poultice on skin to control and stop itching. As a first step to treatment, you should identify the cause of itch. If you are not able to find out the cause, you can use succus juice and calendula as a first aid to stop itching and then look for precise treatment when you find out the source.


You have to discover the silent inflammation happening in our body by identifying symptoms such as coughs, back aches and headaches. When the inflammation is explicit and surfaces on the skin, it has also built inside the body and beneath the surface.

There are various courses to treat inflammation and eczema. The problem gets reduced when the activities are organized to handle and control inflammations. The pain of inflammation alerts the body that something is wrong with the skin. The swelling is only an attempt by the body to avoid the affected area and make it immobile. The immune system also works to solve the problem through its signs of redness, itching and heat. Ignoring the building up of inflammation will only cause further damage and cause chronic problems like eczema. Inflammation and eczema and be naturally treated by making adjustments with environment and lifestyle.

Environmental pollution is a prime factor affecting inflammation. Free radical activity of oxygen molecules also causes inflammation. The highly reactive oxygen molecules create inflammatory responses. The inflammation is produced in any part of the body whereas eczema affects the skin. Air pollution, environmental pollution also cause free radical activity as it exposes ultra-violet light and hand smoke from sun.

High Angle View Of Garbage At Dumping Ground

Cold or ice can be applied in the affected area. The ice pack or refrigerated soda can also be used to treat itching. Otherwise, some water also can be kept in a plastic bag under deep freeze to control the itch. The ice will provide a numbing sensation to the itch, check the skin swelling and reduce interference during treatment.

Heat can also be used to treat the itch. By applying hot water bottle in the areas, the itch gets good relief. Unlike other heating devices, hot water bottle does not sweating.


best creams for eczema

Hydrocortinose crèmes (1%) is also available over the counter to stop itching. The crème has to be applied many times in a day to prevent inflammation and stop itching. Hydrocortinose in low dosage contains steroids in small concentrations. As the steroid concentration in hydrocortinose is very low, it does not cause any significant side effects like oral or prescribed steroids. However, in some cases of itching, due to low concentration, the drug is not strong enough to treat the itch.

Benadryl can be used to treat the itching, followed by relaxation, as the drug makes the user disoriented and/or sleepy. Benadryl relieves the itching symptoms and also induces sleep.

GLA, a fatty acid in evening primrose oil, a good nutritional supplement is also used to remove itching and inflammation.

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Skin inflammation is associated with pain, swelling, redness and heat. Inflammation begins the healing process of the body by getting rid of the disturbance. The body is affected by inflammation and the immune system repairs damaged tissues and fights off germs. Due to such disturbance, irritation, damaged cell, infection or other types of assault are caused.

While infection is caused by the external pathogen, inflammation is a response of the organism or the body to the pathogen. As the immune system, antibodies and blood become active in repairing the damage, they result in pain, warmth and redness. Though inflammation helps in the healing process of wounds, they result in diseases like eczema, when they are spread too far. An inflamed skin is the main culprit which hosts eczema.

Inflammation makes the skin to age prematurely and then gets it damaged. Persons affected by skin inflammation look older than they actually are.

Though skin inflammation is generally noticeable by its symptoms such as swelling, bloat and puffiness, some times, inflammation is also formed silently which is more dangerous to the body. The inflammation gets translated and much developed to illness before the actual treatment begins. The prolonged inflammation is known as chronic inflammation. Due to the change of cells in affected area, there is a recurring cycle of good and poor health in the area. In a chronic inflammation, the cycle of injury and healing keeps revolving again and again. In the case of an acute inflammation, the inflammation goes off with the removal of offending pathogen.

Dietary factors are also responsible for inflammation. Highly refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats like polyunsaturated vegetable oils, trans fats and partially hydrogenated oils promotes inflammation to a great extent.

Stress is another key factor producing inflammation. More and more cortisol hormone is produced when the internal chemistry of the body is disturbed due to lack of sleep and stress. The resulting inflammation damages the body system.

 

Chronic inflammation is often caused due to family history of related diseases. More time is required to decrease or getting rid of the inflammation.

To counteract the inflammation, many varieties of vegetables, fruits and seeds with anti-inflammatory qualities can be used. Berries and green leafy vegetables naturally contain phytochemicals and antioxidants can be used to defend the production of inflammation. Yellow, red, purple and orange fruits and vegetables help in balanced intake of the minerals and vitamins and development of better skin health. However, eggplants, potatoes and tomatoes which are from nightshade family can be avoided. They contain solanine, an alkaloid chemical activates pain and inflammation symptoms in some cases.

Omega 3 essential fatty acids contain anti-inflammatory ingredients. The fatty acids help in reducing and stopping the inflammation in a powerful way. Cold water fish, salmon, tuna, sardines and halibut are some of the species containing fatty acids, which can be added in the food.

Eczema, also called as dermatitis, is an irritating dry skin disorder associated with an itch. Millions of people which include both adults and children in all cultures, ethnic groups and races are suffering from this problem. Eczema develops in an itchy and dry skin. Though there are many lotions and creams available in the market, they only aggravate the condition rather than curing them. Herbal treatments are proving better in the treatment of eczema.

Perioral dermatitis girl

In the past, all the cultures have used various herbs to treat eczema in a sophisticated manner. The billion dollar herbal industry has flooded the market with lotions and creams which are prepared with utmost safety of the users in mind and are formulated with actual herbal ingredients.

In eczema the skin fells prickly and becomes extremely dry. Any lotion or oil can be applied to keep the dry skin in moist condition all the day. In case of children, baby oil can be applied for the treatment. As the herbal creams are made from fruits and plants containing natural oils, they are very safe to use. Nano Lipobelle H-EQ10, is the best herbal lotion containing Coenzyme Q10 (or CoQ10, in short), a natural vitamin like substance.

As a powerful anti oxidant used for generating energy in the body, Coenzyme Q10 naturally occurs in environment and body.  CoQ10 can be applied on skin to moisturize and nourish the deeper layers. The lotion prevents UV rays from being absorbed and helps in the removal of dead skin, thus resulting in a fresh, smoother looking and fresh skin. Even a short-term use Nano-Lipbelle makes eczema to disappear and provides the lost youthful look back to the skin. Nano-Lipobelle is found suitable for every type of skin and can be applied freely on all body parts. The Nano-Lipobelle herbal treatment can be used to keep the skin wrinkle free and look younger.

Apart from herbal skin creams, cold compress with wet cloth can be applied for a hot, itchy and dry skin to relieve the itch and soothe the skin. In some cases, eczema is intensely associated with itch. An acute itchy episode can be relieved within a few hours by using the Nano Lipobelle cream, in combination with hydrocortisone cream which is available over the counter in the market. Many corticosteroid creams with low potency are also available over the counter without prescription.

Cold compress can also be employed to suppress the itching. Instead of scratching the skin, ice can be applied in the area. The cold reduces further desire for scratching and relieves the inflammation connected with the itch. Unlike the scratching which makes the skin to split open, the cold compress protects the skin in a better manner.

Stress is an important factor in eczema episodes. Though stress does not directly cause eczema, it acts like a trigger for eczema. Normally, eczema flare ups come down on patients, after occurrence of a stressful event. To cure the eczema caused by stress, one has to first get freed of stress by organizing the lifestyle with pre-planning and schedules without leaving any room for distressing shocks.

The bath salt option is commonly used to prevent eczema flare up. During the stress, adrenaline is burned and levels of magnesium are reduced. By bathing in Epsom salts and Dead Sea Salts which contain magnesium, the skin is quickly allowed to absorb magnesium so that adrenaline can be replaced with the intake of magnesium resources.

Even teens and children are affected by eczema problem due to stress. as their peers may have a little understanding and teased them about some problem. The thinking should not affect the health. One has to become strong enough emotionally to face other people.

Gamma Linolenic acid (or GLA, in short) is a fatty acid which is very useful in the treatment of eczema. They are usually found in black currant oil, borage oil and primrose oil in large concentrations. It benefits hair, skin, melanin or nails. The positive effects of GLA are felt on eczema only after a period of 40 to 60 days when the GLA operates in the body.


Eczema is a most common disease affecting a large number of babies throughout the world. The problem beings when the baby becomes two months old. Baby eczema is categorized as an atopic disease, along with hay fever and asthma. In atopic conditions babies are affected by abnormal immune system responses.

baby girl with an allergic rash

In most cases eczema is also inherited by the offspring babies from either one or both of their parents. In some cases, eczema problem is also based on allergies. The problem begins with an itch turning into rash when being scratched. Hence a range of skin ailments continuously occur in a particular manner. Itch, being the important feature of eczema, has to be treated first. When itching is not interrupted in any manner, the itch will vanish automatically. However, persons who affected with eczema always tend to scratch them until they start bleeding.

scalp dermatitis baby

Some of the prime characteristics and symptoms of eczema are dry, reddened scaly skin patches, fluid filled bumps, crack, swell or bleed. The eczema problem is not contagious in nature. They are normally found on sensitive and soft skin on skin folds and joints including elbows, back of knees and inside of wrists. Besides these, eczema also affects places such as forehead, legs and arms and scalp. Unfortunately, eczema has no complete medical cures, treatments or medicines to permanently stop the further recurrence of eczema symptoms. However, by making effective changes in lifestyle habits or patterns and pursuing them will control and check the eczema from flaring up or becoming active.

One has to aim at two goals to accomplish the prevention of eczema. They are prevention of inflammation and itching. There are a large number of practices to attain both these goals. In case of atopic dermatitis, to reduce the flare ups, one has to moisturize and avoid them.

It is necessary to keep the properly hydrated and moist at all the times. Dryness and itchiness are the two prime factors of Eczema. Dryness is the source of irritation which contributes to itch. When the dryness is taken way, it becomes hard for a flare up to again get started.


By keeping constant moisture in the skin, the intensity and frequency of the eczema flare ups can be considerably reduced to a large extent. The itching begins only with a dry skin. A moist skin will not allow the itching to get ready and start. By externally moisturizing the skin, the original moisture of the skin is locked, resulting in prevention of skin cracking and dryness.

A combination of proper moisturizing and bathing is very important for the skin health. The eczema patients should avoid hot water, since the hotness dries the skin and releases histamines, which play an important role in itching. The bath should be short enough and should not last more than five minutes. However, when a treatment is given in the bath, the bath may last up to 20 minutes. In both cases, the bath should be in lukewarm water and not in hot water.

The clothing should not be skin irritant, since scratchy materials like wool can irritate the skin and cause itching sensation. The scratch-itch cycle can be repaired only when the nuisance caused by clothing is tried and fixed.

Some common allergens play a key role in eczema flare ups. Allergens can cause rashes and can intensify the rashes. Only by knowing and avoiding the allergens, the risk of eczema condition can be lowered. Among common allergens, some of the food offenders are eggs, milk, wheat, soy products and peanuts and also include dust mite droppings and animal dander etc.

In case of eczema or atopic dermatitis, a dermatologist can be consulted to find about the contribution of specific allergens since all the eczema cases are not affected by same allergens and differs from person to person. Among all eczema triggers, it is very difficult to identify the allergens which are the main source of the problem. A dermatologist, by carrying out some procedures, will be able to test the reactions of skin with various allergens to avoid the offensive ones.


To avoid allergen based eczema, HEPA filtered air purifier can be used, which trap the minute particles like airborne allergens, dander, dust mite droppings, etc. HEPA filters were exclusively designed in 1940’s by the military of United States to clean up the environment in case of a nuclear explosion. To avoid the allergens from invading the house, memory foam mattresses and hypoallergenic bedding can be used, which avoid inhabitation of dust mites.

Eczema flare ups are also caused due to overheating of the body, sweating during exercise sessions, humidity changes and sudden temperature. Fluctuations in weather causes eczema flare up. Sweating and overheating problem is created with the sudden rise in temperature which can be effectively tackled by dressing with layered clothing. In a warm situation, body can be cooled down by removing some layers of clothing. Dry air causes itchy skin and further results in itch-scratch cycle. Increase in humidity causes sweat in skin and makes it sticky and clammy.

To control the surroundings from humidity causing eczema, indoor humidifier can be kept in the indoor environment at a safe and comfortable level for the skin. Sweating and overheating is the prime cause for eczema flare ups which occur in summer temperatures. It is very important to keep the skin completely moisturized. The clothing should include cotton or cotton blends with best materials comfortable to the skin.

The texture and clothing materials should not irritate the skin and make it sweat too much. Cotton is the best clothing for eczema since it is absorbent and porous. Porous clothing allows the skin to breath freely and absorbent nature pulls the moisture out from skin. As synthetic fabrics, wool feels rough they irritate the skin much and causes eczema flare ups.

Laundry detergents, dryer sheets and fabric softeners also cause eczema flare ups.  Hence it is very important to extensively rinse the bedding and clothing material to remove the traces of detergents from them. At least two or three rinse cycles can be run in a washing machine to do the job. Only detergents that are sensitive and comfortable to skin conditions should be used.  The detergents should contain neutral pH and should be free of fragrances. The tags which promote itching in new clothes should be removed and the clothes should be rinsed thoroughly before they are worn, to remove the traces of some dyes and industrial chemicals in them which are skin irritants.

Last but not the least, quantum changes in life style can effectively check the eczema problems. It is necessary to deal with the stress by controlling emotions, thoughts, environment, dealings, and schedules. A well balanced life will give enough time for work and home, time for proper relaxation and a state of peaceful mind. High expectations of tomorrow should not burn the today. This is the key to prevent stress and avoid any health problem including eczema.

Eczema Skin Care Tips

After receiving numerous queries regarding eczema, I am now dedicating a page to Eczema. Please take the following notes as in the spirit it is intended. I am not a Qualified Dermatologist or Doctor. I can only speak from my own personal Eczema experience. If you have not yet consulted with your own Doctor about a skin condition that is currently affecting you, I would strongly advise that you seek his or her advice before trying other avenues.

For example, your skin condition/eczema may be a symptom of some other underlying condition. Over the years my tolerance to my skin sensitivities has decreased considerably, which in turn has led to extreme aggressive bouts of eczema. But, within the last year I have found that by being disciplined and following the below steps has helped me to cope with my very dry skin/Eczema condition.

Some helpful tips for Eczema:

1. If you are currently experiencing infected eczema, treat your eczema with the steroid treatment prescribed to you by your Doctor. Desperation usually gets the better of us in the end (it did with me). I tried many alternative remedies, but the only sure way forward was medical intervention. But saying that, its one thing getting rid of eczema temporarily, but being rid of it for good was another matter entirely. Hence, my aim was to use the steroid treatment cream for the last and final time! When your skin is inflamed, itching and bleeding, steroids seem to be the only hope and relief on offer for eczema these days.

2. Once the infection has cleared up (bleeding/weeping and general rawness) heavily moisturise your skin with natural skincare (after cleansing your skin). Keep moisturising even if large clumps of skin fall off. Constantly reapply creams/butters as eczema areas begin to dry. It is best to use products containing plenty of Essential Fatty Acids, for example body butters etc.

Note: If you use any new products on your skin whilst it is in an inflamed or in an infectious state, it may create new sensitivities for you, regardless of whether the products are natural or otherwise (more specifically products containing more essential oils and herbal extracts – it is best to opt for a more basic ingredient cream/butter).

Whilst constantly applying heavy thick butters to your skin, you may want to wear some old clothes for a while; the aim here is to keep your skin at optimum moisture levels. Your good clothes will become spoilt. This part of the process took me about half a week to complete.

I was at the time signed off sick from work, so, back then I could take every day as it came. This is an important fact to mention, if you have worries about your work, book a couple of weeks off, so that you can focus on healing your eczema. Perhaps you have a hectic family life; maybe some kind caring individual could baby-sit for a while? There is nothing worse than worries flying around your mind. Worrying, just made my eczema states more aggressive.

 

3. Are you still having trouble in trying to stop the itch? This is why eczema keeps coming back/becomes re-infected, its that unbearable urge to rip your skin off, that unbearable burning itch that you just can’t leave alone. Whilst at the stage of heavily moisturising your flaky skin, try hay fever tablets (please check with your Doctor first).

When the skin starts to peel in clumps it can feel like a heavy sticky clay cracking facemask, and that can keep the itch going. The hay fever tablets were excellent for ridding the horrible urge to scratch. They worked (for me), because after the initial 7/8 hours were complete the urge to scratch came back. I must say that the only hay fever tablets that stopped the itching was Benedryl Plus. I tried the normal Benedryl, but experienced no itch relief. But please do check with your Doctor before taking hay fever tablets as they may affect whatever condition may be underlying the Eczema (if there is one).

Even though the eczema itch may have stopped, keep topping up your moisture levels, this is vital. Only stop moisturising when you have stopped the hay fever medication course and your skin no longer itches without the aid of hay fever medication. However, do keep your former eczema skin well moisturised. The paranoia of eczema returning does get better, eventually, and the day that you can leave your skin free of any lotions and potions is very liberating indeed!

4. A little sunlight was very beneficial for eczema. After heavily moisturising the very dry and flaky skin (with no infection) I sat in the garden for about 10 minutes, after 3:45pm, to avoid burning. Of course, if weather permitting. Sunlight is needed for our skin to formulate Vitamin D.


5. Have you heard of Essential Fatty Acids? These are thought to be precursors for the hormones that look after your skin and reproductive systems. They can also assist in regulating hormone fluctuations. Unfortunately, by the time youve noticed that you do lack EFAs, it can take up to 6 months to get your levels back to normal. Hair and skin are always the first to be compromised when your system is running below normal.

Oil For Eczema

Whilst trying to increase your EFAs by eating the correct foods (avocados, nuts & seeds – Hemp being the best source) it might also be a good idea to take supplements for increased effectiveness? Such as Vitamin C (Ester C), Magnesium, Zinc and Vitamin B Complex. I found that these were excellent for trying to assist skin disorders.

PLEASE NOTE: Essential Fatty Acid Oils should be COLD PRESSED only. Do not purchase anything but. I personally switched brand earlier this year and bought by mistake an Oil that was NOT COLD-PRESSED. The quality is inferior as all the goodness and nutrition has been killed off by excess heat!!!! My skin started to become more sensitised and reacted. I switched back to COLD-PRESSED and noticed almost an immediate difference with my skin health).

6. NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED! Well, at least until you have the Eczema under control. I personally found that when I drank alcohol, this made the itching burn so much worse. This is due to the alcohol leaching precious nutrients from your body.

7. Eat plenty of rainbow food, these are vegetables and fruits of all colours, this will ensure that you ingest all the beneficial enzymes available for your bodily functions, best to make them Organic too.

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8. Ensure that you receive plenty of rest, sleep is a wonderful rejuvenator; perhaps skip those nights out until you have the Eczema fully under control?

9. SOAP only use soap that is handmade with plenty of natural vegetable glycerine, a good oily/fatted soap is best. Avoid Sodium Lauryl Sulphates at all costs. This is a known skin sensitiser/irritant which is found in most, if not all commercial mainstream products. When using SLS on your skin (and backed up through my own personal experience) the natural acid mantle can be seriously disrupted. Of course it does depend on how much SLS is in a product, avoid commercial bubble baths, they WILL strip your natural oils, as they do tend to contain more SLS than say for example, a shampoo. Skin needs to retain a nice natural water resistant base to defend itself from invading microbes, etc.


The sebum and sweat combine nicely to form this healthy acid mantle (which is also a mild anti-bactericide too). Hence, more sensitive skins will be prone to the chance of experiencing skin disorders/problems when using SLS products, such as eczema. Unfortunately, for some, the need to remove all trace of natural oil from the skin whilst showering and bathing is the only way one feels clean. Over washing can seriously damage your skin. Since using less harsh detergents my skin’s ability to heal itself has become far more efficient. Also avoiding products with petro-chemical derived emollients has also resulted in far fewer rashes & spots. Using harsh detergents means that the skin has to over compensate from an offensive attack.

The skin starts to produce more and more oil (sebum) as a form of protection. Pores can become clogged and infected, resulting in spots for some. For me, the balance was constantly being tipped up until I stopped stripping my skin’s natural defence and plastering it with cling-film type petrochemical skincare. Of course, when choosing natural skincare, you still need to be aware that all base oils have differing characteristics; some are more suited to mature/dry skins whereas other base oils are more suited to more sensitive/combination type skins.

But saying that, all the products on this site specify the skin type it was created for. If your skin suffers with excess oil (and is not sensitive) this skincare might help? But, do watch your skin in this respect, as oily over-production is a sure sign of an imbalance, which could lead to sensitivities for the future.

10. After moisturising your skin heavily, whether with natural or otherwise, your skin can become clogged, especially after using so many body butters, etc. Your skin needs to breathe. Too much on your skin can also lead to that hot burning eczema itch. You now need to achieve a nice balance between using moisturisers/creams/oils/butters and a very mild and gentle soap at bath/shower time.

When the eczema is at its most intense, a bath is the last thing you want. Perhaps showering might be a good option? Dont soak the affected skin for longer than is necessary. Simply Soaps Calendula & Lavender is an excellent bar of soap, it can help to achieve this balance. Very mild and effective for clearing the excess oily build-up whilst respecting my natural pH balance/acid mantle. But since my own Eczema experience, we have introduced many more wonderful/skin nourishing soaps.

 

11. There is nothing better when you have been suffering eczema for long periods of time, to finally have a wonderful exfoliating session when your eczema is finally under control! I can now exfoliate my skin on a regular basis, about once a week is right for me. I would only suggest trying to exfoliate once your skin has gone back to normal ensuring that about a month has passed with a good track record of healthy skin even before attempting to exfoliate. Once you have finished exfoliating, ensure that you seal the fresh bare layers of skin with a natural good moisturising lotion/cream/oil containing plenty of Essential Fatty Acids, to ensure you nourish and protect your skin.

12. Exercise on a regular basis and keep drinking plenty of water. The constant flow of fresh new liquid releases toxins from your system, sluggish lymph is able to move along far more efficiently when you exercise. Both will enable you to experience far more balance within your system.

13. Look into the type of detergent you use to wash your clothes, washing powders/liquids are usually the main source of skin discomfort/increase of eczema episodes.

14. I know it’s easier said than done, but do try and take some time to relax. I found that yoga & meditating was an excellent aid in helping me keep calm in times of stress.

My main eczema skin allergy triggers are Petroleum & SLS based products. These ingredients can be found in perfume/fragrances, and in most, if not all mainstream skincare and hair care products. The affects of petro-chemical derived ingredients suffocate the sensitive skins ability to breathe; the petro-chemical based skincare acts like a cling-film wrap, this is the best way to describe the skins inability to breathe. Hence, the skin becomes hot and itchy, and can then lead to eczema.

Of course, everyones triggers are most certainly different. Some triggers are from natural products, such as Vitamin E and essential oils.

I wish you luck in trying to overcome your skin condition.

Get To Know Eczema

Eczema refers to conditions that make the skin burn and make it look red. It is a common condition with a fifth of the world population being affected by it at some point in their lives. In layman’s terms, it is a rash that keeps coming and going. Children who get it usually see it disappear as they grow older. Among all the forms of Eczema, the most seen of them is atopic dermatitis. This is usually caused due to factors not of the body. The reason known for it so far that it occurs because of the unusual response of the body to external factors. With the other kinds of Eczema, the skin becomes red when it reacts to things that irritate it and it makes on want to scratch and itch where it does. The condition cannot be cured but rather it can only be managed with treatment when it happens and by staying away from the things that cause Eczema.

Get To Know Eczema

Eczema, in all its different forms of occurrences, it manifests itself in red patches that itch and that are very dry. When scratched and aggravated, a rash appears at the spot of Eczema. It happens on all parts of the body. More often than not, it occurs on the neck, knees, elbows, ankles and face. Sometimes it looks extremely dry and very red and sometimes it becomes lumps and even starts to ooze at times. If scratched too much, the skin can very easily become as thick as leather –something that is medically called lichenification.

Since the source of Eczema are the things that set it off, let us see what we should stay away from if we have Eczema. These substances differ from person to person. For some people, its food, some sweat, some soap…certain chemicals, dust, fruit etc. Stress and respiratory health problems also can be easy triggers for Eczema.

Eczema is largely found among children but chronic cases are usually in adults and children. The ones with chronic cases in later stages in life usually have it because it is a genetic problem. It will have been passed down from the parents. Asthma and allergic rhinitis are also conditions that go hand in hand with Eczema. If a child is born with excema and it does not go by the time he or she is 15 years age, it remains to stay in some form of the other.

 

Since it is a incurable disease, it can best be managed and controlled. To do that, there are a few things that you can do. Moisturize your skin well. Avoid the substances that trigger your eczema. Avoid situations that cause you to be stressful. Any substance that is rough and harsh like certain clothing material. Things in nature (environmental triggers of exema) like dust, pollutants etc – keep away from them when you can. Try not to sweat when you can. In case there are not avoidable, have medication at hand.

Where Does Eczema Come From?

There is no real proved reason for the occurrence of eczema. There is research certainly showing that it is lack of an immune system driven and that it is distinctly related to allergies. The same research shows us that it is not the same thing as an allergy. The similarity comes because of the immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies presence. The research done has showed that people who suffer with eczema have the IgE antibodies which are produced as a result of allergies. So far the known reason for Eczema is Allergen.

immunoglobulin E

Commonly named the trigger, eczema is largely caused by the allergen. Regardless of how long the allergen has been in touch with the body, eczema starts reacting to it on first contact and even faster on constant contact with the skin. This allergen largely includes jewelry, gloves, creams, variant weather, dust, stress (mental or emotional), rubbing, scratching, touching certain kinds of food and detergents are from among the common some that make the list. Some of these allergens are very uncontrollable like the weather, dust, pollutants etc.

Skin Contact Dermatitis

It could also come from diseases that are known to precede like an allergy, hay fever or asthma. It coiuld also very well come from the genetically inherited diseases. Sometimes, it suddenly flares up because of ill health, excess stress (both physical and mental) and contact with allergens.

 

Regardless of where this comes from, we must be aware of all these factors so that we can understand why we get these reactions. Staying away from any situation that causes eczema to occur will help bring the occurrences down. That is very difficult especially if the allergen is something that we like. In cases when the allergen is uncontrollable, it is suggested to carry medication for the eczema so that if it and when it flares up, it does not affect you.

An eczema occurrence can make one feel very uncomfortable especially when it happens in the most uncomfortable of situations. And it can also be very awkward too. Sometimes if you know that you have the chance of having to undergo an eczema occurrence because of having to be out all day surrounded by polluted air or even out in the sun which will make you sweat. Sometimes if the eczema seems to persist, then you must consult a physician on the matter and see to it that things don’t get out of hand. There is emergency medication in the form of injections that take care of your eczema outburst that your medicines prescribed can’t take care of. Another suggestion is to consult a doctor for medication that can be taken every day preferably when you start your day regardless of whether you will be exposing yourself to allergen or not. It avoids sudden outbursts and makes life a whole lot easier. It is one of the best ways to avoid an out of the blue eczema attack. Either way, you must have your emergency medication with you.

Treating Eczema Can Actually Do You Harm

Like many other diseases and conditions, one would think that eczema is a condition you can go to the doctor for and get yourself healed after taking the prescribed medicine but research shows that it is not so. Prescription only digs the hole deeper. The regular prescription creams don’t really take the problem away. Soon enough the itching comes back and the medicines suddenly start to stop working. The more the itching, the more the more the medicines, the more they fail and we are stuck still scratching away.

immune system full diagram

The reason these treatments don’t work is because they don’t address the real problem of the issue which is the fact that the immunity of the body is so low. In such a case, the things that cause eczema will continue to come back and itch and make you scratch. Also, it is mostly genetic. More importantly, the causers are a whole lot of things like weather, detergents, food and such.

The issues with the present mainstream medicine methods used is manifold. The antibiotics kill the flora, which are in the intestines. Corticosteroids drastically pull down the body’s ability to fight off infection and to make it worse they even make it very hard for the body to heal if it has an infection. Antihistamines work for the first time and then onwards they direct the body to stop responding to it. Then on, administering them is a waste. The UV Light Therapy used in extreme cases of eczema only causes skin cancer and sun damage. Tar treatments almost have the same effects directly increasing skin irritation.

Treating Eczema Can Actually Do You Harm

The only true long term solution is that which complements these treatments with natural solutions. The natural methods while they increase the immunity of your body, they naturally also decrease the amount of irritation your body feels when in contact with environmental factors. This also done as a regular treatment can reduce symptoms.

To naturally increase your immunity, there are absolutely simple things that you can do:

1) You must drink lots of water

2) Do not stress yourself (physically, mentally and emotionally)

3) Make changes such that you keep your skin more moist. Use a moisturizer or even shower more than once a day so that your skin stays moist for longer.


4) Remove all chemical influences that make your skin react unfavourably.

5) Use only hypoallergenic substances on your skin that are non toxic

6) Make sure you eat only food that has been cut up and cooked at home. Processed food poses a danger to your immunity.

7) There are a whole load of home remedies that can easily help you do a lot better with your eczema.

8) Any day, herbal treatments are preferred because they have no side effects and they do a better over all good to your body and its system.
So, it works two ways. When Eczema takes its toll, you need treatment to kill it but you also need to strengthen your immunity so that it does not happen again.

Dead Sea Salt Eczema

People have used sea salt for eczema and other health conditions for years. As far as natural cures for eczema go, Dead Sea salt is one of the most effective remedies you can find. Some people have written in to us asking if Epsom salts or table salt can be used in place of sea salts. Epsom salts can be helpful in relieving eczema symptoms and may certainly be used as part of a larger internal eczema treatment routine, but it is not as beneficial as sea salt. Please do not use table salt in place of sea salt for eczema. Your skin will suffer and your eczema may become more pronounced.

dead sea salt for eczema
View of Dead Sea coastline. Salt crystals at sunset.

Why Use Sea Salt for Eczema?

One of the reasons Dead Sea salt is so beneficial for skin conditions like eczema is because it contains large amounts of minerals. These minerals help calm and soothe irritation caused by eczema and can actually help repair damaged, compromised skin. The skin is the largest organ of the body and is its first defense against infection. The constant itch-scratch-itch cycle impairs the skin’s integrity, possibly leaving you vulnerable to infection. Sea salt can help break this cycle by repairing skin and greatly reducing itching, making it an especially important element in your eczema natural cure.

Dead Sea salt crystal

Combine Sea Salt for Eczema and other Natural Cures for Eczema

Sea salt, like other individual natural cures for eczema, works best when combined with an internal eczema treatment plan. It can be tempting to only use sea salt for your eczema symptoms, especially when it works so well, but always remember to work on treating eczema through your diet, as well as with other natural cures for eczema. Mother nature has blessed us with many potent remedies for skin ailments. For examples, herbal and mineral clays, like sea salt, are wonderful ways to expel toxins and allergens from the body. These clays, when used regularly, will detoxify the skin, heal eczema flare-ups, and leave your skin soft, moisturized, and dewey. Of course, clays can only go so far if you are not supporting your treatment with a proper diet and environment.

Using sea salt for eczema is a great external remedy to add to your overall natural cure arsenal, but it will be even more effective if you combine it with the other eczema natural cures that you will find on the site.

Oils for Eczema

There are a lot of oils out there for relieving your eczema. I think that most likely if you are going to try out any new product or oil for easing your eczema symptoms, you have to stick with it for more then a day. To see the benefit of using an oil to help the eczema condition decrease, you definitely have to use it for a specific amount of time to see if it is right for you.

Oil For Eczema

Three Eczema Calming Oils I Recommend You Check Out

Three oils that are good for eczema that you should have a look at are coconut oil, primrose oil and flax seed oil.  All three oils are great in the benefits they give and are suitable to try on most skin types.  Just remember when trying something new, especially on skin that can be volatile at times, you need to try on a small patch of skin first.  Your neck may be a good place to try initially.  Don’t start slathering it all over when you don’t know how you will react to the treatment.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a great oil to try to soothe your eczema prone skin.  It is natural, fragrance free, and available in a lot of locations.  You’ll want to make sure you get virgin coconut oil so there is nothing else in it.  Coconut oil is used in a hot climates where coconuts are grown regularly.  It has a great source of minerals and vitamins and have medium chain fatty acids and medium chain triglycerides which is also good to protect you from heart disease.  Not only can you topically apply coconut oil to your skin, hair and nails, but you can also cook with it. Coconut oil will be absorbed very easily to help connective tissue repair and healing of the skin as well as turning the clocks back to look years younger.  Typically inflammation will be reduced, the immune system will strengthen and the skin will soften and become moisturized to name a few benefits.

Primrose Oil

Primrose Oil

Evening primrose oil will strengthen the immune system so the body is assisted in expelling waste and increasing circulation.  Make sure in the ingredient and information section of the primrose oil bottle, it has omega 6 essential fatty acid and gamma linolenic acid.  You can take it internally at approximately 4 and 8 grams daily for an adult.  Smaller portions for smaller children is good.  If your skin is sensitive, it can help allergy provoked skin irritation too.  I have had some success with evening primrose oil.  It can be strong so use a little bit and work your way up.

Flax Seed Oil

Flax Seed Oil

Flax seed oil is amazingly full of fatty acids like omega 6 and 3 and can help the body function more easily.  It will take some time for the body to start to react and get the major benefits of taking flax seed oil but stick with and you’ll be extremely happy.  Put the seed ground up in your smoothies or over your salad and make sure you get some oil in as well.  Do not heat up the flax seeds and oil as it will lose it’s healing properties.  It should be taken raw and kept in a cool dark place.  It will also help calm your skin down if it is irritated and itchy.  The dryness should start to go away with regular use and consistency everyday.

Hopefully some is this is helpful. Try using one of these eczema treatments for your skin and hopefully you’ll see that the moisturizing oils will help heal and clear up and live with eczema.

How to treat baby eczema

Baby eczema is a condition that affects up to 20% of babies; 60% of those cases persist into adulthood. Anyone who has a baby suffering from eczema knows that it is absolutely heartbreaking to see their little one so itchy and miserable. So what can you do to help your tiny tot?

baby girl with an allergic rash

Treating baby eczema: Assessing the cause

The first step in treating infant eczema is assessing the cause of flare-ups. This means that a parent should consider both internal and external factors. Internally, the baby may have a weakened immune system that need to be strengthened and restored. Food allergies, including baby formulas, are often directly linked to eczema problems. Externally, babies with eczema may be suffering from allergic reactions from a variety of sources including certain types of fabrics, soaps, lotions, detergents, fabric softeners, dyes and perfumes.

Here are a few things you can do to determine whether the problem is internal, external, or both:

  1. Have your baby tested for food allergies.  In approximately 10% of cases of eczema in babies, certain foods such as dairy products, eggs, wheat, soy, nuts, oats, and fish, even baby formulas may provoke an attack.  If you’re breast feeding, your baby may even have an allergic reaction to something in your diet.

2.  Keep a food diary. If your baby is already eating solids, note the foods given and the symptoms that arise.

3.  Have your baby tested for environmental allergies.  Environmental allergens such as dust mites and pollen are common culprits of infantile  eczema attacks.

4. Look for other symptoms.  Does your baby have an upset tummy, runny nose, sneezing or a cough?  All of these symptoms may appear to  related to the common cold, but they may also possibly be signs of food allergies.

Baby eczema treatment for immediate relief

Of course, there are measures you can take to provide immediate relief to your little one. For one, you can give your baby an oatmeal bath. Grind 2 cups of oatmeal into a fine powder using a food processor or coffee grinder. Add the powder to a running bath of warm water (not hot) and stir well. Soak for 10-15 minutes, rinsing with clean water and patting dry with a soft towel. Alternatively, you can use 2 tablespoons of baking soda instead of oatmeal. Both oatmeal and baking soda are all natural substances that can help soothe your baby’s itchy skin.

When cleansing during a normal bath, use an all natural soap and immediately moisturize the skin after. Keeping your baby’s skin hydrated is absolutely essential. Moisturizers and emollients, such as lotions and creams should be all natural and hypo-allergenic. Earth mama baby, Burt’s Bees, and California baby makes great all-natural cleansers and moisturizers that consistently receive good reviews. Eucerin, Aveeno, and Exederm are also very effective moisturizers, although not all-natural.

Avoid using steroid creams for relief.  If you or your doctor feels that it is absolutely necessary to use steroid cream, do not use it for more than two weeks at a time.  Florasone is a great all-natural alternative to steroidal and cortisone creams.  You can also apply corn starch to eczema rashes with no side effects.  If your baby has a flare-up, you can try applying cool compresses to the areas several times a day, followed by cornstarch or moisturizer.

Make sure your baby wears loose clothing, especially on hot days. Stay away from rough, itchy fabrics such as wool. You may want to consider using 100% organic cotton or other natural fibers for any fabric that comes in contact with your baby’s skin. Replacing your baby’s clothing, towels, and bedding with natural fabrics can help eliminate flare-ups caused by allergic reactions. When doing your baby’s laundry, avoid using any harsh detergent that contain phosphates, dyes, and perfumes/fragrances.

Minimize scratching and skin damage by keeping your baby’s fingernails short. Scratching while sleeping is common, so cover your baby’s hands at bedtime. Young infants may need to have their hands covered at all times as an extra safety measure. You can find some baby clothing that have mitts attached to the sleeve. If not, separate mitts or even socks over the hands can help reduce scratching damage to the skin.

You may also want to consider investing in a quality air purifier to keep the air clean and dust mites to a minimum.

Finding a long-term effective treatment for baby eczema is not easy.  But if you follow the tips above, you will be off to a great start!

Ingredients to Look For (and Avoid) In Eczema Products

Let face it, all eczema products are not created equal.  Some eczema skin products that are “specially formulated” for the condition may actually contain ingredients that can make your skin condition worse.  Other products make lofty claims to improve eczema, but fall short dramatically.  So what are the best products for eczema?  Well, that depends solely on the needs of the individual.  However, there are a few ingredients that every eczema sufferer should look for (and avoid) in eczema products.

Emollients

Anyone who suffers from eczema needs a good moisturizer that helps to replenish the natural oils in the skin. Emollient-rich moisturizers are ideal for eczema skin because they help to keep the skin hydrated without causing irritation. In fact, studies have shown that emollient-based cleansers effectively adds moisture and doesn’t dry out the skin.

Emollients

An emollient is a little like regular moisturizer, except that it’s got a base of fat. The fat layer helps to seal the moisture inside your skin, stop itching, and stop cracking.  Applying emollients directly to the skin after bathing or showering helps to lock in the moisture.

Ceramides

Scientists have discovered that people with eczema have significantly fewer ceramides in the top layer of the skin–specifically the stratum corneum.  The stratum corneum is the main barrier of the skin that keeps out and prevents chemicals from being absorbed into the body and prevents water from escaping the skin.

Eczema treatment products that contain ceramides help to replace this important skin barrier.  Even though there are several moisturizers that claim to have ceramides in their ingredients, they are only regular moisturizers unless they can show:

  • The moisturizer also contains cholesterol and free fatty acids
  • The ratio of these three ingredients is correct

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that is one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants. Vitamin E exists in eight different forms called “isomers”: alpha, beta, gamma, and delta tocopherol; and alpha, beta, gamma, and delta tocotrienol.  Vitamin E is great when applied directly affected eczema areas, as it has proven anti microbial qualities. This doesn’t mean to much to most people, but certain microbes and bacteria are thought to be responsible for a large percentage of the itching and discomfort from eczema, so removing them with Vitamin E can really bring some relief.  Also, it’s worth noting that synthetic vitamin E will not have the same benefits as a natural version.

Vitamin E
Important Note
Please note that not all good eczema products will have all of these ingredients together. Aim for having eczema skincare products in your repertoire that have at least one of the ingredients above, and none of the ingredients listed below.

Ingredients to Avoid in Skin Products for Eczema
  • Fragrance. Fragrances found in eczema products can cause allergic reactions.  Linalool is a type of fragrance that is a common culprit of contact allergies.
  • Nickel.  Nickel is the most common substance that causes eczema.
  • Alcohol.  Alcohol is very drying to the skin and may make your eczema condition worse.
  • Parabens.  Parabens are antimicrobial preservatives that may cause irritation
  • Sulfates.  Sulfates are harsh detergents that can further dry out the skin
  • Propylene glycol.  Propylene glycol is an irritant known to cause contact eczema
  • Colors/dyes.
  • Formaldehyde.  This ingredient is a known carcinogen and an irritant