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How do I Treat Eczema?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated May 17, 2024
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Eczema is a skin condition that is often manifested by dry skin that is itchy, scaly, and discolored. People who suffer with this type of skin irritation often find the combination of itching and hot dry patches on the top epidermal layer to be extremely uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are ways to treat eczema and bring about some relief.

Because eczema can be caused by a number of factors, it is important to seek professional medical help. A physician will know what type of tests to run in order to determine the origin of the skin problem and initiate a series of treatments that not only alleviate the symptoms but also lessen or even cure the scaly and dry skin permanently.

Allergies are often the root cause of eczema. When this is the case, the scope of treatment will usually include the use of some sort of topical cream to ease the itching and dryness. At the same time, the underlying allergy will be addressed. Often, this involves no more than eliminating the use of some household products. An individual may be allergic to the perfumes in a particular laundry detergent, a scented soap or body lotion, or some other agent that comes in contact with the skin on a regular basis. Food can also be the reason for the development of eczema. There are a number of different foods that have been identified as possible causes for this type of skin rash. Eggs and various types of dairy products may serve as triggers for this type of dermatitis. Products containing wheat may also be the culprit.

Even fruit juices or peanuts may be the origin of the problem. Since allergies can be developed at any point in life, the fact that the individual has safely consumed a given food in the past is no reason to assume it is safe. Controlled allergy tests by a physician will usually reveal if food is the cause for the eczema and make it possible to avoid future consumption.

Once the origin is identified, it may be possible to use natural products to facilitate healing. Vitamins such as A, E, and the various B vitamins may help clear up the skin rash and other discomforts. Red clover, goldenseal, and myrrh may also be helpful when taken as a tea or used to create a poultice that can be applied directly to the irritated skin. Before employing any of these natural remedies, check with your doctor to make sure they will not interfere with any medication you are taking, either by neutralizing the effect of the medicine or triggering some sort of adverse reaction.

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Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum , Writer
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including WiseGEEK, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.

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