You have been suffering from eczema since birth or after you`ve had a child. It won’t stop itching and you have it all over your body or a particular area of your skin. No matter how many medicines you take, it always comes back. It`s horrible, It keeps you from going out. You feel so uncomfortable, embarrassed to wear short sleeved clothing. So what’s eczema?
Eczema (also known as dermatitis) is a term for several types of skin swelling. Most types cause dry, itchy skin and rashes on the face, inside the elbows, behind the knees, and on the hands and feet. Scratching the skin can cause it to turn red, to swell and itch even more.
Types of eczema and causes
This is a common skin disease in children also known as Atopic eczema. A 2007 U.S. population-based survey suggested an estimated 17.8 million people are living with atopic dermatitis, and most cases have not been diagnosed. It is important to learn how to take care of the skin because it can be long- lasting. It looks different in infants, children, and adults ( but it is rare).
According to American Academy of dermatology, researchers are still studying what causes it. Through their studies, they have learned it is not contagious and it is genetic.
Almost everyone gets this type of eczema at least once in their life. It is a common inflammatory skin condition after contact with a foreign substance. There are two forms of contact dermatitis: irritant and allergic. Irritant contact dermatitis is caused by the non–immune-modulated irritation of the skin by a substance, leading to skin changes. Allergic contact dermatitis is a delayed hypersensitivity reaction in which a foreign substance comes into contact with the skin; skin changes occur after reexposure to the substance.
Common causes of allergic contact dermatitis include: poison ivy; nickel (used in cell phones, jewelry, eyeglass frames, zippers, belt buckles); nail cosmetics (Nail polish, adhesives); fragrances; latex; cement etc.
Common causes of irritant contact dermatitis include: solvents, metalworking fluids, latex; kerosene, ethylene oxide, alkalis, low humidity from air conditioning, many plants directly irritate the skin.
Dyshidrotic eczema also known as Dyshidrosis, is a type of dermatitis, that is characterized by itchy blisters on the palms of the hands or bottoms of the feet. Whether on your hands, feet, of both, when the blisters clear, the skin tends to be red, dry, and cracked. Males and females appear to be affected equally.
The exact causes of dyshidrosis are unknown but researchers have discovered that some people are more likely to get it.
Neurodermatitis also known as Lichen simplex chronicus (LSC) is a skin condition that begins with uncontrollable scratching of the same body region, excessively. Most common sites of LSC are the sides of the neck, the scalp, ankles, vulva, pubis, scrotum, and extensor sides of the forearms. Women are more likely to develop this skin condition. It is rare in children; however, some children who have atopic dermatitis develop neurodermatitis.
The cause is still unknown. Many hypothesize LSC has a psychosomatic origin. Those predisposed to itch as a response to emotional tensions may be more susceptible to the itch-scratch cycle. It may also be associated with nervousness, anxiety, depression, and other psychological disorders.
Nummular dermatitis (also known as “discoid dermatitis,” “discoid eczema,” “microbial eczema,” “nummular eczema,” and “nummular neurodermatitis”) is characterized by coin-shaped (nummular) or oval sores on skin. It often appears after a skin injury, such as a burn, abrasion (from friction), or insect bite. It is rare in children, men get it more often than women.
While the cause is unknown, researchers think that your risk of getting it increases when you : are sensitive to metals (nickel, cobalt, chromate, fragrance); have very dry skin (xerosis); have another type of eczema; have infection with Staphylococcus aureus bacteria; take certain medicines, such as isotretinoin and interferon.
Known as gravitational dermatitis, venous eczema, and venous stasis dermatitis, It develops in people who have poor blood flow. It usually occurs in the lower legs because leg veins have one-way valves. Stasis dermatitis commonly occurs in older age people, because as we age these valves can weaken and stop working properly. Some blood can leak out and pool in the legs. Women are slightly more likely to develop stasis dermatitis.
Poor circulation leads to stasis dermatitis, because poor circulation most commonly develops in the lower legs and feet. This is the most common area of the body for stasis dermatitis to develop.
The use of varying terms such as sebopsoriasis, seborrheic eczema, seborrhea, dandruff, and pityriasis capitis reflects the complex nature of this condition. Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin condition in infants, adolescents, and adults. The characteristic symptoms-scaling, erythema, and itching-occurs most often on the scalp, face, chest, back, axilla, and groin.
In babies, when the scalp is primarily involved, it is called cradle cap. Dandruff is a milder form of the condition, without associated inflammation. In adults about 2% of people are affected and males are more often affected than females.
The redness, itching, and scaling associated with seborrheic dermatitis are caused by changes in skin cell functioning. Malassezia yeast seems to cause a nonspecific immune response that begins the cascade of skin changes that occur in seborrheic dermatitis.
Hand eczema is non-communicable inflammation of the skin of the hands. It may sometimes be difficult or impossible to differentiate from atopic dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis, which also commonly involve the hands. It is a very visible condition associated with severe itching or pain, dry, thick, and scaly.
There are a number of causes of skin inflammation of the hands. We classify them into three groups: Working with chemicals like solvents, detergents, or cement; contact with allergens or irritants; and genetic disposition.
Let’s talk about now what we need to heal our skin.
Moringa oleifera for atopic dermatitis
In 2018 It has been a study on Moringa oleifera extracts and its bioconversion product fermented by Rhizopus oligosporus. It has therapeutic properties enhancement for treatment of atopic dermatitis. The results demonstrated that Moringa oleifera extracts effectively reduced clinical features based on macrography, scratching count, and severity scores. You can use Moringa energy oil to cure it.
Chickweed for eczema
Chickweed (Stellaria media) is a traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for over 200 years, mainly for the treatment of dermatitis and other skin diseases such as skin wounds, ulcers, burns, arthritis pain. Etc.
According to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Chickweed is generally safe when taken by mouth in recommended doses (1,155 to 3,450 milligrams in 2 to 3 divided doses). However, chickweed can cause allergic skin reactions, particularly in those who are allergic to the daisy plant family. Chickweed should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Aloe Vera cream
In a study made to evaluate the efficacy of topical application of an Aloe Vera-based cream (AVC) for the prevention of ionizing radiation (X- ray)-induced dermatitis in head and neck cancer patients requiring therapeutic radiation treatment. The results indicate that there was a statistically significant delay in the incidence of dermatitis at week three in the AVC application group. It has been concluded prophylactic use of an AVC based cream that is thus effective in delaying radiation dermatitis in head and neck cancer.
Eczema can cause serious itchiness, but please don’t scratch it just soothe it. Reduce also emotional stress. Avoid too much sun light and stay away from hot water. If you are taking any medications please talk to your doctor before use of any natural treatment for your eczema.
Other treatments that may be useful as remedies for dermatitis:
- Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
- Gingko (Ginkgo Biloba)
- Colloidal oatmeal (Avena sativa)
- Marigold (Calendula officinalis)