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Natural and safe alternative in eczema

Natural and safe alternative in eczema

09.05.2014

Signs and symptoms of eczema can vary widely during the early phases. Between 2 and 6 months of age (and almost always before the age of 5 years), kids with eczema usually develop itchy, dry, red skin and small bumps on their cheeks, forehead or scalp. The rash may spread to the extremities (the arms and legs) and the trunk, and red, crusted, or open lesions may appear on any area affected. They may also experience circular, slightly raised, itchy, and scaly rashes in the bends of the elbows, behind the knees, or on the backs of the wrists and ankles.

As kids get older, the rash is usually less oozy and scalier than it was when the eczema first began, and the skin is extremely itchy and dry. These symptoms also tend to worsen and improve over time, with flare-ups occurring periodically.

Children often try to relieve the itching by rubbing the affected areas with a hand or anything within reach. But scratching can make the rash worse and can eventually lead to thickened, brownish areas on the skin. This is why eczema is often called the “itch that rashes” rather than the “rash that itches.”

The cause of eczema is unknown but is presumed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. The hygiene hypothesis postulates that the cause of asthma, eczema, and other allergic diseases is an unusually clean environment. It is supported by epidemiologic studies for asthma. The hypothesis states that exposure to bacteria and other immune system modulators are important during development, and missing out on this exposure increases risk for asthma and allergy.

Eczema is inherited; and there are some specific triggers which can make it worse, flare-ups can be prevented or improved by avoiding possible triggers such as:

  • Pollen, mold, dust and animal dander
  • Dry winter air with little moisture
  • Allowing the skin to someone too dry
  • Certain harsh soaps and detergents
  • Certain fabrics (such as wool or coarsely woven materials)
  • Certain skin care products, perfumes, and colognes (particularly those that contain alcohol) tobacco smoke
  • Some foods (which depends on the person, but dairy products and acidic foods like tomatoes seem to be common culprits)
  • Emotional stress, excessive heat and sweating

Also, curbing the tendency to scratch the rash can prevent the condition from worsening and progressing to cause more severe skin damage or secondary infection.

However there are several herbs/herbal formulations claimed to possess beneficial activity in treating eczema.

ECZOVERT cream is one of the formulation consist of an extracts of Alexandrian Laurel Azardirachta indica and Rubia cordifolia.