Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is an inflammation of the skin where patches of the [skin] become inflamed, itchy, cracked, and often rough, caused by genetic and environmental factors. Whatever age group you belong, you can contract this disease. But children are more likely to contract it, especially if they have a family history of the inflammation.
Some individuals may feel that the disease will definitely go on its own. Yes, sometimes it does; but it doesn’t in most cases—take note of this. That is why you advised to treat it as early as possible. The reason is that if left untreated, the disease could lead to another complication—a serious staph infection could occur—which could lead to a blood infection called sepsis. No cure has been found for atopic dermatitis but it can be managed by treatments.
The big question is, what treatments can exactly be used to manage the inflammation? This article focuses on that question as it gives some important treatments—or hacks—to help you manage the disease.
Best Hacks for Eczema
Eczema is inflammatory in nature, making it manageable if an anti-inflammatory agent is used for treatment. Honey is one of such anti-inflammatory agent that can help treat the disease by reducing the
- redness and swelling. Also, because it is anti-microbial in nature, it can help protect the skin against infection. The only honey prescribed for use is raw, organic honey.
- French Green
In a previous article, we discussed the use of the clay. This is another wonderful use of it. Eczema comes with scratching, and because the tendency is too strong, it is impossible for you not to scratch. Meaning, you must scratch no matter the self-control you exercise over your body. This scratching leads to a sore on the skin. This sore could lead to other complications. An excellent remedy for it is French green clay because it is loaded with lots of minerals and other antioxidants which are best for combating the inflammation.
- Fish Oil
Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. The acids have proven to reduce the inflammation in the body that leads to itching. Omega-3 fatty acid also helps to waterproof skin cells by keeping the skin completely moisturized.
- Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has been used for centuries to treat different diseases which include eczema. Because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, tea tree oil is used to help keep eczema at bay. When rubbed on the infected surface, it helps to treat the redness and itchiness and prevent the surface from becoming worse.
- Eucalyptus Oil
Having tested its quality, research has shown how powerful the oil is in combating eczema. When you have flare-ups from eczema, massage the oil circularly on the affected area. It is so powerful that it helps to treat the inflammation quickly.
- Apple Cider
As a disinfectant agent, apple cider vinegar is considered one of the best remedies for the treatment of eczema. Gently rub the vinegar on the affected skin by using cotton wool or adding two cups to a warm bath—for soothing the skin.
In addition to the aforementioned remedies for eczema, below are certain things you ought to do.
- You ought to take lukewarm baths
- Bathe with mild soaps. The soap you use matters a lot.
- Wear gloves at night to minimize damaging the skin from scratching. This is because there is always the tendency to scratch, and the tendency is very strong at night.
- You ought to avoid those tight-fitting or scratching clothing.
However, there are foods to avoid if you have eczema. The disease doesn’t allow an individual to eat any kind of food. The reason is that these foods trigger eczema flare-ups. Let’s us consider some foods you are advised not to eat when you have eczema.
- Citrus fruits
- Dairy products
Managing eczema is in your hands, take the action today and prevent yourself from other complicating infections.