Eczema is, of course, one of the most common skin conditions in the world. Now, there are a number of different ways in which eczema can be treated. We are going to cover a few of those methods on this page. Do bear in mind that this is not a complete guide to the world of how to treat eczema. However, the majority of people will find that they have had a great deal of success with these methods.
In most cases, it is suggested that you go down the natural route of treatment for eczema. This is mostly down to the fact that medicated treatments, whilst effective, are expensive. In addition to this, medicated treatments may cause damage to the skin (the body really does not like medication). In addition to this, these medicated treatments are also likely to become less effective overtime as your body becomes use to them. Thankfully, there are a number of different natural remedies out there for you to try. You should have absolutely no difficulty finding something perfect for you.
- Diet is something which can have a huge impact on eczema. The exact diet needed will differ from person to person. It is probably best to note what seems to have the biggest impact on your health and which leads to flare ups. Generally speaking, gluten and dairy products (excluding yoghurt) are not going to be ideal for eczema. Bone broth on the other hand, or perhaps ‘good fats’ and plenty of vitamins and minerals will work wonders. Basically, if you follow a healthy diet then you are not going to have that much trouble here.
- Coconut Oil: This is a remedy which is very much loved by plenty of people. It will not necessarily stop the eczema from flaring up, but the coconut oil will certainly help to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with the flare-up.
- Cod Liver Oil: This is incredibly high in Omega-3. Take it in supplement form. Omega-3 helps to combat inflammation in the body. Remember, eczema is just inflammation. This is why you will want to do everything in your power to consume food and the like which can help to combat this inflammation.
- Bathing in a magnesium bath (or Epsom salts if you can’t hold of magnesium flakes) is well-known for helping to sooth eczema flare-ups. You may even find that the condition disappears quicker than it may normally do so. For an extra touch, you can add a bit of Sea Salt to the water. It works wonders.
Whilst it is seriously suggested that you go down the route of natural remedies when it comes to treating eczema, you may also need to look into medicated treatments from time to time. In fact, if you believe yourself to have eczema then you should be heading to your doctor anyway. Whilst you can treat yourself, you do need to know that it is actually eczema that you are suffering from as opposed to another condition.
- Your doctor, in some cases, will prescribe you some sort of ointment which can be used to treat your flare-ups. If the condition is particularly severe then you may be prescribed a topical corticosteroid. If this is the case, however, you will only be using it for a short period of time. It is a steroid and it can cause long-term skin problems. If the problem is not all that severe, your doctor may suggest that you obtain a generic ointment which can help to bring down the inflammation.
- Eczema will damage the skin. As a result, your doctor may prescribe you medication to help repair it. This type of medication is known as a ‘calcineurin inhibiter’. This medication will have a beneficial impact on your immune system and will lead to faster skin healing. You will only be able to obtain this medication, due to a few side-effects, if your doctor believes that it will be truly beneficial to your health.
- Has your eczema become infected? Your doctor will probably need to prescribe you with antibiotics to give your body the boost that it needs to start fighting off that infection. The antibiotics will likely be given orally. However, you will only be prescribed this type of medication if your doctor truly believes that it will have a positive impact on you. Antibiotics will not be given all that often because the last thing you want is for your body to build up a tolerance to the medication.
- In very serious cases of eczema, you may be prescribed oral or injections of corticosteroids. These get to work incredibly fast. However, they do have the problem that they are steroids and thus will only be given if really needed.
In addition to this, there are a few therapies that your doctor, or maybe a dermatologist, will be able to help you with:
- Wet dressings: This will involve the impacted area being wrapped in a combination of wet bandages and corticosteroids. Most cases can be brought under control in a few hours. Severe cases a few days.
- Light therapy: This will involve having light shone directly onto your skin.
- Stress: Many eczema flare-ups are down to increased levels of stress. The doctor may provide advice on how to deal with stress.
Scalp Eczema Treatments
Suffering from scalp eczema? These treatments may be able to help you out:
- There are some shampoos on the market which have been designed to assist those with scalp eczema. You should head to your local pharmacist to see what they have on offer. When you use the shampoo, make sure you are not too ‘harsh’ on your head. You do not want the scales to bleed.
- Selenium Sulfide shampoo is perfect for those who have eczema caused by the growth of yeast. This will kill the yeast and provide the body with the space it needs to heal itself.
- Coal tar shampoo is quite often used in the case of psoriasis, but it can also be used to deal with this condition.
- If you wish to go down the natural route, you may want to head to your local health food store and see if they have tea tree oil. You can use this to wash your hair.
- Another natural method is the use of honey. Dilute it with some water and apply it to your hair. It will help to reduce itching and loosen up some of those scales at the same time.