Cures for Eczema

If you have eczema or know someone who does you'll understand how irritating it can be (both literally and figuratively!)  And as you know there is no known medical cures for eczema.  But that doesn't mean that you can't treat it and live eczema free forever.

So this hub will go over some of the natural ways that you can help treat your eczema and live a healthy itch free life.

A severe case of psoriasis on her back
A severe case of psoriasis on her back

First Steps to Curing your Eczema Symptoms

Knowing the cause of your eczema

The first real step for curing your eczema is to determine why you have it in the first place.

Most eczema is hereditary so it's likely that someone in your family also suffers from eczema or some other allergy symptoms. Well if you want to get technical, it isn't actually the eczema itself that is genetic, but rather the genes that will determine whether you have a strong immune system or not. If you have a weak immune system then it's highly likely that your body will react to certain irritants by either causing the eczema rash or perhaps hay fever, asthma or other symptoms.

Therefore the first step to helping getting rid of it is making your immune system work as efficiently as possible.

Avoiding all known irritants is a good start. These include soap, detergents, chemicals, dust, pollen and pet hair. Even scratchy clothing like wool can aggravate your skin so it's best to wear soft cottons. The added benefit of cotton is that it allows your skin to breathe so that you don't get all hot and sweaty (which makes eczema worse).

Foods can also trigger eczema.

Most common culprits are citrus fruits and other high acidic foods. Or perhaps you have an allergy to gluten or dairy and don't realise it. Try going gluten free or dairy free for a few weeks to see if that helps improve your condition.

Next it's time to keep the skin moisturized.

There are lots of good over-the-counter skin, hand and face moisturizers that can help your skin stay hydrated. This is especially important in the harsher winter and summer months. In fact many people say that winter eczema is one of the worst to deal with because the heating systems in many homes and buildings can dry out your skin more than any other time of year.

If that's the case, see if you can buy a portable humidifier to sit by you at work, or a larger one for your home. Even those hydrating spray mists can be good to use during the day. Just spray on your skin whenever it starts to feel dry or itchy. Do make sure that your hydrating mist doesn't contain alcohol though (most of the fragranced one's do). Some of the ones with soothing essential oils like lavender are pretty good.

You don't need to live with eczema your entire life, there are many good products that can help so keep exploring and trying, but most of all make sure you change your lifestyle to be as healthy as you can be so your immune system has a better chance of curing eczema by itself.

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