|Posted on January 1, 2017 at 9:00 PM|
Eczema seems to be a huge topic lately. More and more people seem to be coming out with this irritating skin condition that can occur in people of all ages. Children especially seem to be being diagnosed with the condition, and we are seeing it more and more in clinic. So why is this happening?
Eczema can happen for a number of reasons. The medical industry doesn’t fully understand the condition and see people present more when they have allergies as well as suggest it is inherited. They say that the skin of people with this condition is different from everyone else’s and doesn’t work as well and so then they prescribe the corticosteroids to treat the symptoms but often doesn’t cure it or can at
times even make the condition flare up with a vengence.
Naturopathically we see things a little different. Yes eczema definitely can be inherited, caused by allergies but saying the skins different we don’t agree with. So why do you ask? When we look at any kind of skin condition we don’t just see the symptoms that are coming out on the skin. We look deeper and looking for what is going on in the inside both physically and emotionally as well as environmentally and in their lifestyle.
We tend to find that the reason people are displaying eczema in their life is because the body is saying something is not right internally. Generally, a big part of this is to do with your gut microbiome.
Your gut microbiome also known as your good gut bacteria plays a huge role in not just eczema but a lot of skin conditions. Without having the adequate conditions in your intestines things get through to the rest of your body and that’s when chaos starts to break loose and your body tries to push the toxins out through your skin. The imbalance can occur from a range of things from being born by C-Section, diet, antibiotic use and more.
Other factors we look at are diet. What are you eating that could cause this? Are you eating pro-inflammatory foods? Could you be allergic to these foods without knowing it? Environmental factors such as what sort of cleaning products or hygiene products do you use? What’s on the other side of the bedroom wall where your bed head is? Is your house in a high polluted area or near a mobile phone tower? Emotional factors such as stress, anxiety, depression, grief and so on can all bring out the condition as well.
Therefore, we do spend so long with you in a consultation and ask so many questions because if the cause of the issue is not found you will keep getting the symptoms. And yes, we do help the symptoms topically to start with
but you will find a lot of our treatment will be through various herbs, supplements, diet and lifestyle changes so this way we are treating the cause of why you are experiencing these problems.
Eczema can be treated exceptionally well through natural therapies. If you or anyone you know suffers from this condition or any other skin condition for that matter, make sure you refer them to a Naturopath.
10 Strategies to help relieve eczema:
1. Eat anti-inflammatory foods and reduce pro-inflammatory foods. These are your fresh fruit and vegetables, Omega 3’s such as deep sea fish, Turmeric add it to as much food as possible. This will help bring all the inflammation on the skin as well as internally down.
Drink plenty of water. Drinking the correct amount of water each day will ensure your body is flushing out those nasty toxins as well as keeping you hydrated which is especially important for people with eczema.
3. Eat Pre and Pro biotic foods. Prebiotic foods are your fibre foods such as lentils, whole grains/seeds/nuts, oats, as well as onions, garlic and so much more. Your Probiotic foods which will help build up your gut flora again are things like yoghurt, kimchi, Saur Kraut, Kefir, sour dough etc.
4. Wear loose clothing that isn’t a scratchy, itchy material. This goes for bedding as well.
5. Make baths luke warm, limit for 5-10mins only and add the likes of oats to the bath to help soothe the inflamed skin.
6. Chamomile Compresses are great for the inflammation. It not only cools the skin but the medicinal properties of chamomile also helps sooth it as well as being anti-inflammatory and nourishing for the skin.
7. Don’t use soap. Soap dries out and irritates the skin. If anything use a natural alternative. If your not sure on what to use contact us we can give you access
to a range of items from cleaning products to hygiene products
8. Stay away from allergens. Whether this is food, pollen, animal fur etc.
9. Stress management. Whether its an adult or child stress management is huge. Stress can increase inflammation and also exacerbate the condition. Yoga, meditation, mindfulness, music, it doesn’t matter what it is as long as it reduces stress and makes you relaxed and all of these things can also be taught to a child.
10. Most of all see a professional. Whether it is a GP, Naturopath, Homeopath it doesn’t matter we are hear to help and can get you on the right path.
Insight Natural Wellness