Prickly Tickly All the Way: Eczema and its Associated Problems
Known as Atopic dermatitis, millions of children around the world are affected by this skin disorder.
Adults, during the later years of their life can also develop it.
This is an incurable disease as of now.
When there is a change in season or some imbalance in hormones, it may flare up.
Effects of eczema include severe itching and red patches leading to inflammation in the affected areas. They may last for weeks before subsiding.
Asthma or hay fever may also accompany eczema in some cases.
Since it can be treated with some lifestyle changes and remedies made of herbs, most of the affected patients choose for Eczema treatment at home.
Although if the patient develops fever, scabs or an infection due to the flare-ups, a stronger intervention is needed.
Red Flags: Symptoms of Eczema
The classic signs of Eczema include red or brown coloured rashes/spots.
There are visible signs of side effects of Eczema just before its actual emergence on the skin.
Dryness or Scales: The thickening of skin around joints or crevices makes the movement difficult. After prolonged use, cracks may develop.
Surface Bumps: The skin can form a fluid buildup with a flared centre and tender skin around it. Crust can be formed due to constant scratching.
Small-Sized Patches: Small dot sized patches appear on chest, upper back region and limbs. They turn from blush to brown in a matter of days.
Physical Illness: In severe cases, there might be associated issues of scales in the hair scalp, high grade fever or restricted joint movement that might need physician attention.
Causes of Eczema: Activation Points
The only identifiable reasons for Eczema are genetic faults and chemical exposure.
A good amount of surface moisture can be lost when the skin comes in contact with allergens like microbes, dust and pollutants.
This contact can elicit a counter response from the body in the form of scales or patches on the surface of the skin.
In the following cases, the possibility of an inflammatory reaction increases:
Skin Infections: Cracking up of the top layer of skin due to skin infections like Herpes, Lichen simplex, and dandruff makes it more prone to flare-ups.
Allergies: The natural moisture and oil of the skin dries up if the hands are exposed to wet conditions or to alcohol over a longer period of time.
Chronic Disorders: HIV, Diabetes, hay fever etc. impact the regenerative capacity of the tissues of the skin and slow down the repair process. This directly translates to more skin problems.
Treatment of Eczema: Your solace!
Anti-Itch Creams: Itching and redness can be immediately alleviated with Eczema medication containing corticosteroids or calcineurin. They are great in locking the moisture of the skin but can have long term deteriorating effects.
Anti-Inflammatory Medicines: If there is inflammation in the inner layers of skin, tablets are available to reduce them and to prevent the aggravation of symptoms. However, long term effects result in damage of soft tissues in the torso region.
Antibiotics: If there are any infections or open wounds, these are prescribed for a limited period.One of the causes of such kind of injuries is scratching the scales/red bumps.
Ayurvedic treatment for Eczema: Yoga, dietary regulations and herbal remedies form the three pillars of Ayurveda to treat Eczema. It balances the Tridoshas to improve the skin quality.
Your everyday solutions can be amplified with the use of Ayurvedic remedies.
Cellular regeneration rate is increased by eliminating toxins from the body through the use of herb-based oils, gels or medicines. It also even tones the skin.
In short, to live an eczema-free life, all that you need is an Ayurvedic remedy that suits you perfectly.
Everyday Routine: Prevent Eczema Triggers
Moisturize, Remoisturize: This is the most important step to go eczema free. Applying and reapplying your lotions, moisturisers etc. irrespective of the weather or seasons is one of the most crucial ways to treat eczema. Always use herbal products made up of ingredients like Turmeric, Aloe vera etc for protection.
Know your Triggers: It’s important to know what triggers an eczema flare-up. To pinpoint it out, maintain a daily log of what you ate, how much sunlight you were exposed to, stress factor, etc. Once you know the trigger it becomes relatively easy to avoid it or at best, manage it.
Too much bath is not good: Staying long hours in the bath can cause drying in your skin leading to an eczema flareup. Avoid it. Avoid harsh, chemical laden soaps. Use lukewarm water. Hot water is known to worsen eczema. If flare-ups are happening frequently, then try a bleach bath.
Comfort is the Key: Light cotton clothes are your best friend. During dry months ensure the use of humidifiers. If the room temperature is too hot or cold, change the room.
De-Stress: De-stressing is one of the best treatments for Eczema and its reappearance. Stay calm and don’t get easily anxious. Don’t forget - If it doesn’t matter in 5 years, no point fretting over it for even 5 minutes!
Home Remedies for Eczema: What You Can Do at Your Abode!
Bitter Gourd Juice: If you want soft and clear skin, this is your go to drink. The astringent compounds soothe the skin. To tone down the bitter taste, add some green gourd and cucumber and voila!
Sesame Oil: It has the right nutrients for the skin and tones the deeply seated tissues. A gentle massage is all that you need.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties which subsides itching. Lukewarm the oil and massage on the zone. That should also keep you from scratching too much.
Honey: Applying honey directly on the affected part for as long the need relieves dryness and itching. Be careful not to rub directly. Just a little tap on the eczema flares should do the trick.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Take a mixture of apple cider vinegar and mix equal parts of water. Drench a towel in this and wrap around the affected area for 3 hours.
Relaxation Exercises: Mental calmness is as important as other remedies. Do pranayam, listen to good music, stay in a good mood.
Ayurveda’s Treasure: Herbs for Eczema
Manjistha: Easiest of all the home remedies to treat Eczema, it can be applied as a paste or taken as a tablet. Suitable to all skin types, it also gives a natural glow to the face.
Neem: Neem is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory in nature that purifies the blood. That helps subside the skin tissue irritation. When applied externally, it helps in faster healing of the patches.
Haridra: Suitable to all body types, Haridra maintains the moisture content of the skin balancing the pH levels. It helps fend off any infections on open wounds.
Sandalwood: Ah! The golden herb! Known to the beauty experts for imparting a flawless glow, this herb is rich in antioxidants and minerals. It rejuvenates the skin and clears out the deposited pigments.
Bakuchi: The well hidden magic herbs for Eczema in Ayurveda. It heals the bumps, rashes and scabs.
Strike the Right Pose: Yoga for Eczema Treatment
It is no secret that Yoga is one the natural ways to treat Eczema.
Yoga through its processes boosts blood circulation and helps the body to correct its biological processes.
When the inside of the body is healthy, the outside of the body would be happy too.
Uttanasana: It relieves the built up tension in the muscles by directing the blood flow towards the face, eyes and neck.
Trikonasana: This asana spreads positive energy throughout the body working up the jammed muscles and blood vessels.
Bhujangasana: This asana is a great detoxification of soft tissues including the ones that flare-up. Air flow in the body is increased and it helps stabilise hormonal fluctuations too.
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