Eczema is also known as dermatitis, or an inflammation of the skin. It is characterized by itching, blisters, red bumps, swelling, oozing, scaling, and crusting. Though eczema is not life threatening, it can be uncomfortable and impact the eczema sufferer and those around the eczema sufferer.
Eczema & Allergies
Eczema occurs more often in people with families histories of hay fever, allergies, asthma. In other cases, eczema may be situational. To avoid further irritation of the skin, wear natural fabrics, nonirritating fibers, avoid irritating substances, excess chemicals, and scented fabric softeners. Look for hypoallergenic, organic, natural fabric detergents and softeners, soaps, shampoos, lotions, and anything else in contact with the skin.
The causes of eczema are hard to determine because it is multifaceted, meaning that it is the visible symptom of deeper problems such as food allergies, leaky gut syndrome, or other conditions. Determining food allergies and removing allergens from the diet are extremely important, as well as changing the diet to prevent flare-ups. Trying alternative treatments and therapies are one way to remain proactive without subjecting the body continually to steroid (hydrocortisone) creams to relieve the itching and antihistamine drugs.
Symptoms of Eczema
- red bumps
Types of Eczema
1. Contact eczema or dermatitis – occurs only where the irritant comes into contact with the skin. irritants such as chemicals, perfumes, exposure to light, etc.
2. Atopic dermatitis or eczema – commonly in families with allergies, hay fever, B12 problems, asthma, and other allergy respiratory problems.
infants – 2-18 months – red spots on face, scalp, and extremities; weeping, crusty.
children, adults – localized, chronic. may subside in children aged 3 – 4, recur in adolescence or adulthood.
3. Seborrheic dermatitis or eczema – face, scalp, chest.
4. Nummular dermatitis or eczema – chronic, coin-shaped red spots, crusting, scaling. Occurs after aged 35, associated with emotional stress, and winter dry skin.
5. Chronic eczema – hands or feet, very severe.
6. Generalized eczema – widespread over all the skin.
7. Statis eczema – on the lower legs due to poor blood circulation, skin turns brownish.
8. Localized scratch dermatitis or eczema – darker patches surrounded by whitish areas on the arms, legs, ankles, or genitals. Scratching makes it worse. Frequent for women aged 20-50 years old.
Complications for Eczema
- Leaky Gut Syndrome
- Allergies, Food Allergies
- Vitamin B deficiencies
- Adrenal fatigue
- Hay fever, Allergies
- Food allergies
- Seborrheic dermatitis
Alternative Treatments for Eczema
Diet for Eczema
Making a conscious effort to change the diet will help to alleviate eczema symptoms. It is recommended to remove food allergies, drink lots of water, avoid the triggers (usually acidic food), and change the diet to 90 – 100% alkaline foods.
Alkalizing the body will help relieve eczema. Certain foods are acid-forming to the body (see list below) and when they are digested, they produce acid which acts like a toxin to the body. The acid circulates throughout the body causing damage to every cell wherever it goes through 60,000 miles of arteries, veins, and capillaries. To protect itself, your body stores the acid into the fat cells, but it cannot store everything. Then calcium and other acid neutralizing nutrients are taken from the body to neutralize the excess acid. This may cause osteoporosis.