Natural Home Remedies and Foods You Should Avoid With Eczema

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Coconut Oil has so many uses you should always have some in your home!

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a type of skin inflammation characterized by dryness, redness, and itchiness. There are varying causes but it is thought to be caused by overactive immune response. Simply, things like dander, dust, chemicals, certain foods, and other things that normally don't bother people will bother those with eczema. The symptoms range from mild flaking, bumps, scaling, cracking, and redness.

Eczema affects about 10% to 20% of infants and about 3% of adults and children in the U.S. Most infants who develop the condition outgrow it by their tenth birthday, while some people continue to experience symptoms on and off throughout life. With proper treatment, the disease can be controlled in the majority of sufferers. Controlled does not mean you will never get it. It simply means you will be able to minimize it as much as possible.

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Six Foods To Avoid With Eczema

  1. Fish
  2. Dairy (all of it, not just milk)
  3. Peanuts
  4. Soy
  5. Eggs
  6. Wheat

While avoiding these foods usually doesn't cure eczema, usually it will improve dramatically if these foods are eliminated. Doctors and researchers have yet to "prove" these foods cause eczema, but it has been noted that they do contribute to eczema flare ups.

What Eczema Really Is

Anyone can give the definition of what eczema is, but until you have either had a close loved one go through it or have gone through it yourself you have no idea. For children it can cause severe insecurities. Adults can have the same feelings. A need to constantly check what you are doing to make sure you don't do anything they may encourage a flare up. Always micromanaging your life to keep it under control.

Both of my sons suffer with eczema, one worse than the other, since birth. I have learned to keep certain things in their bathroom on the back of the toilet so that I know they will see them and remember to apply them to their skin. Craft Popsicle sticks work great for getting a bit of coconut oil out of the jar if it is solid. They can scoop a bit out and apply it to their skin, then trash it and finish rubbing the oil in with their hands.

There are things you can do to make it easier. Avoiding the listed foods is a good start. There are also many natural remedies that can help also.

So remember

  • Eliminate all the listed foods, then slowly reintroduce your body one at a time to see which of these foods, if any, are making your eczema worse.
  • Apply something to the skin regularly. Do not let your skin dry out or your eczema will get worse.
  • Remember to let your skin dry fully when coming out of the shower before adding any oil or lotion.

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Natural Remedies for Eczema

There are many natural remedies for eczema. Each natural remedy works different for each person.

  1. Virgin Coconut oil - In my house this has been our miracle cure. Two of my children suffer with different types of eczema and Virgin Coconut Oil works for both of them. It acts as an anti inflammatory and a moisturizer all in one. Always get organic. Simply massage into the skin as often as possible. Also having this in your home is good for so many things so buying it will be beneficial in many ways.

  2. 99.9% pure Aloe Vera Gel - Aloe is so good for the skin anyway, but it also acts as a great anti inflammatory if your eczema is prone to causing swelling. Also by having this in your home you will be prepared should someone get a burn or sunburn.

  3. Extra Virgin Olive oil - Just massage into your skin after showers or baths. Olive oil is packed full of vitamin E and moisturizes your skin. It's also great for cooking so having it is a win win!

  4. Vitamin E Oil and Capsules - If you suffer with Eczema you should be taking vitamin E daily. You can also rub the oil on your skin which will provide it with lots of nourishment and leave you with smoother skin.

  5. Oatmeal - We also found a lot of relief in oatmeal. Put one cup in a bowl, add just enough olive oil in it to make it stick together, and then apply it directly to the rash. You can also add a cup of it to baths.

Always talk with your doctor before using any natural remedies. With all things there is always a possibility for allergic reaction even if it is a small chance. So be aware if you have never had one of these products.


DISCLAIMER

Fixing your diet is not a cure all for anything. It also takes WEEKS to be effective. If you are looking for an overnight cure, which I can understand, this is not it. There is no overnight fix for eczema. Diet may be effective for some, however for some it makes no difference.

If you have had good experiences with changing your diet leave us a comment and tell your story.

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healthylife2 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

My younger son has eczema and it seems to be getting worse. I need to see if I can get the coconut oil in a health food store. I really do have to take the plunge to make the big dietary changes although right now it seems overwhelming.


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acneprevention 4 years ago from Melbourne

My daughter suffers from eczema. I'm going to try the coconut oil and reduce her dairy and wheat intake (she's allergic to the other foods). Thanks for the tips!


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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

It is amazing what avoiding certain foods will do for the skin and avoiding the hives. Great hub.


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peeples 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Healthylife2, It is actually cheaper online if you don't have a health store nearby. Walmart also sells a coconut oil that is not best but still works. We use it when we run out.

Acneprevention, Eczema is usually found in those who suffer from some other type of allergies. I hope it works for her!

Lipnancy, I know, such simple foods can be toxic for some people's bodies. Thanks for visiting!


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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest

Good info, voted up and shared. I have it on one leg due to extreme gluten intolerance. I know when I get wheat at all I end up very sick and the first thing to flare up that lets me know I'm in trouble is the eczema on my leg.


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sarahshuihan 4 years ago from USA

I've seen all the foods to avoid, but fish surprised me. Do you know of any reasons why? I know personally when I avoid dairy and refined sugars my skin looks a lot better.


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peeples 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

By what I have read, fish contains an acid that increases the chances of flare ups in many.


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sarahshuihan 4 years ago from USA

Thanks for letting me know. I hear the same things of chicken and beef too. I wonder if it is the same thing?


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peeples 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

It is the uric acid. Some people claim no issues with meat including fish. Others fish is a big no no and other's it's beef. The down side to treating eczema by changing diet is there is a lot of trial and error to figure out what the body is saying it doesn't like.


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sarahshuihan 4 years ago from USA

I agree. I've had to cut out some weird foods like broccoli and kidney beans..hmmm


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peachpurple 18 months ago from Home Sweet Home

very useful hub for those with these dreadful disease, voted


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peeples 18 months ago from South Carolina Author

Thanks for stopping by peach!

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