7 Natural alternative Remedies for Eczema
What is Eczema?
We live in a time of so many technologically-devised “everythings” that it really is no wonder that more and more people are suffering from all sorts of skin conditions and allergies. Some of these irritations are minor sensitivities; however, more and more are becoming full-blown allergies or worse. The real question is how do you know if what you have is caused by an irritant, or if it is a medical condition such as eczema?
If your doctor confirms that your skin problems are actually eczema, then are there any natural choices for treatment available? First, you need to understand what’s happening with your skin. You need to educate yourself. Researchers at the National Eczema Society of Britain help with an explanation:
Eczema (also known as dermatitis) is a dry skin condition. It is a highly individual condition which varies from person to person and comes in many different forms. It is not contagious so you cannot catch it from someone else.
In mild cases of eczema, the skin is dry, scaly, red and itchy. In more severe cases there may be weeping, crusting and bleeding. Constant scratching causes the skin to split and bleed and also leaves it open to infection.
Eczema affects people of all ages but is primarily seen in children. Those who “grow out” of their eczema during early childhood may see it recur again in later life.
Traditional treatments of eczema include antihistamines, antibiotics, and steroid creams. While these definitely have their place, the question is – are there any natural remedies that work, and how can a person know reputable from non-reputable? I always choose the research path. That can be daunting when there is so much information out there about health; moreover, not all of it is valid, useful, or accurate. Here are some suggestions that will make the research process a productive one.
Any Website, magazine, or journal that you look at needs to have a reputable author, the author needs to have reputable research for his suggestions, and the information must be current. Medical information changes quickly, and it is best to have the most up-to-date information. One site that you may find useful is the Derma Report, an online website and newsletter. James Weathers is the Senior Editor, and he claims:
We here at Derma Report are here to provide you with accurate up to date health information so you can make an informed choice. [. . .] We have a monthly newsletter that provides natural skincare updates, and new product reviews. If you have any questions comments or concerns, please contact us at [email protected].
The most reliable source I found was Dr. Merry Li, a Chinese doctor and herbalist now living in San Francisco, California. Dr, Li has done extensive research on nutrition and developed a line of vita-nutrient supplements to improve the skin health. Her natural treatments include: