Thursday, April 14, 2016

Eczema Natural Treatment Options That One May Consider

By Anna Lewis

Eczema (also referred to as atopic dermatitis) is an allergic skin condition. Allergens are widespread and may be found in foods such as eggs, gluten, peanuts, soy and citrus among others. It is believed that stress and genetics have a role to play. Recent studies have also implicated some antibiotics and components of vaccines. The easiest way of dealing with the condition is to avoid the allergens. If this does not work, consider the numerous natural eczema natural treatment options that exist.

Since the main problem is an activation of the immune system against normal body cells, treatment should be focused on this system. Appreciate that there is plenty of lymphoid tissue filled with immune cells found in the lining of the gut. This tissue is also referred to as gut associated lymphoid tissue, GALT, due to its location. If this tissue is allowed to function optimally, it will help protect us from numerous infections and inflammatory conditions.

A balanced diet helps many body systems including the immune system. As far as this system is concerned, the appropriate diet is that which provides the body with protective nutrients and is devoid of harmful allergens and toxins that may exacerbate the inflammatory response seen with this disease. The general recommendation is that one should increase their intake of raw foods and reduce the proportion of processed foods, gluten, caffeine, dairy and sugar.

A number of vitamins and minerals are beneficial in alleviating the symptoms of eczema. Examples include vitamin B12, magnesium and zinc. These three enhance the activity of the immune system. Others such as vitamin C and E protect cells from attack by free radicals, confer anti-oxidant properties (vitamin C) and reduce inflammation. The vitamins can be easily obtained from fruits, vegetables, fish and seeds.

Probiotics should also be included in the diet. These help by increasing the concentration of normal gut flora (beneficial bacteria). The presence of normal flora suppresses the growth of harmful microorganisms that may cause disease. Taking probiotic supplements during pregnancy is said to reduce the risk of eczema in newborns. Probiotics are available commercially as cultured foods.

Stress management is an important aspect in the management of eczema. Adequate sleep is a treatment in and of itself and should be treated with the importance it deserves. Young children below the age of 12 years need to sleep at least 10 hours every night. Adults should have a minimum of 6 hours of quality sleep. Regular meditation, breathing exercises and yoga are effective ways of ensuring that the body repairs and restores itself.

There are some natural extracts that can help relieve the symptoms even as you attempt to deal with the immunological problem. Coconut oil can be included in the diet or applied topically onto the skin. Aloe vera helps to sooth and moisten dry skin. Ointment from a flower known as calendula officinalis reduces inflammation, eliminates bacteria and promotes healing of the skin. Combining several of these therapies helps optimize on their benefits.

The treatment of eczema is a challenging task for most people due to its underlying cause. Although corticosteroids are widely prescribed for this condition, there are claims that the corticosteroids may worsen the symptoms. Adopting a well-balanced diet at all times should be the first step of bringing this problem under control.

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