Doctors are still scratching their heads about why some people are plagued with eczema, and others are never bothered with the dry, itchy patches. Some physicians say it is due to genetics and familial dispositions to the skin problem. Others say it is due to allergies, environmental factors, or a deficient immune system.
The truth is, no one knows what causes some to develop patches of unsightly red scales and others to find themselves with little red dots that won’t stop itching. To help better understand eczema, here are four ways you can treat the irritating skin problem.
For some unknown reason, the area that is covered in eczema is often devoid of natural oils or vitamins the body uses to moisturize your skin. So, hot baths and showers are out of the question if you have scaly patches or active itchy spots of eczema. Hot water washes away more of the oils surrounding the dry spots and can entice the area to expand. Stick to warm water baths or showers and make them short. Also, only use mild soaps to clean your skin.
There are many excellent moisture rich creams and other medical supplies you can get from your local store, but don’t forget you can also use nutrient rich coconut oil. The healthy fatty acids in a virgin cold-pressed coconut oil can help heal itchy skin and moisturize dry areas. Apply and leave on overnight for best results.
Inflammation is thought to be the result of an allergy in the body, and since eczema is the outcome of an inflammatory condition, many people believe dietary changes can improve the skin’s conditions. Eating vegetables, fruits, fish, and an abundance of greens can assist your body in fighting inflammation. Foods to avoid are eggs, soy, dairy, and wheat.
Skin problems can flair up with the weather changes. Harsh winter winds and bitter cold temperatures can dry out already moisture deprived skin. The same is true for high summer temperatures because the body naturally sweats during hot weather, and that means sweating some of the skins natural oils away and dehydrating the aggravated skin. If possible, stay warm in cold weather and cool in summer’s heat. That will help your body’s natural moisture.
If you or someone you love has eczema, try the four tips above to see if they help improve the unbearable itching that can accompany the inflamed patches of skin. You never know, one little change in life can make a huge difference.