Rid Yourself of Eczema, Part Two
Genuine Sun Exposure Cured My Eczema
There is an intriguing question being asked about the increasing time we all spend indoors in relation to the increase in dermatitis and eczema. How many times have we been told to cover up, avoid the sun, or slather on sunblock which is known to contain dangerous chemicals and often not actually protect you from the sun? Consider the speed with which sunblock and sunscreen ingredients get into your bloodstream and this will likely contribute to you avoiding these items as well as the sun. Now add in busy schedules and mostly indoor activities. For years. You may not even be intentionally avoiding the sun, you may just be going about your busy life with mostly indoor activities and find that it could cause some problems with your skin.
For many years, in office or in hospital UV light therapy has been offered as a treatment to treat eczema. Instead of going that route, I made an effort to get outdoors, get a walk in at noon to get a bit of exercise and see for myself whether being in the sun more often would clear my eczema. It did. Immediately. Like gangbusters. I took Vitamin D3 supplements because that was doctor recommended due to a deficiency in vitamin D, but that did not clear my eczema. So I did not think vitamin D was the missing link. It may have some role but it wasn't the only issue for me apparently.
Though I learned about UV therapy, I did not want to spend 3 or 4 days a week at roughly 1-1/2 to 2 hours or more per each of the 3 or 4 weekly visits to the doctor for it. That would interfere with work and everything else in my life and eczema had already done enough of that in my hellish 2-year experience. Giving up that much more time and effort was a no go for me. However, getting outside and into genuine sunlight cured my eczema. The very first 20-minute exposure in full sun drastically improved my eczema in less than 48 hours. It is quite possible that the combination of the nitric oxide, as well as vitamin D, and other chemical reactions in my skin, immediately provided me with a drastic improvement. Immediately, the itching and swelling were reduced. The rash was noticeably smaller in size two days later. I felt very good for the first time in two years.
Hyperpigmented But Eczema Free Two Months After
The Dark Spots Will Fade, Glad The Eczema Is Gone
Because it was just within 2 days that I noticed a greatly reduced amount of pain, itching, redness, and swelling, I make sure that every 2 or 3 days to get at least 20 minutes of genuine, unblocked sun on my hands where I had eczema. It could be possible that you don't have to expose your dermatitis or eczema to the sun and still benefit if your eczema or dermatitis happens to be in areas normally covered by clothes.
I do this for my hands 3 or sometimes 4 times a week, for a minimum of 20 minutes. I came up with this schedule on my own with the understanding that it only takes about 20 minutes of sunlight to create vitamin D and begin creating nitric oxide which is an anti-inflammatory needed not only for our skin but to regulate our blood pressure and heart health. Also, after personally seeing my own drastic improvement in less than 48 hours of my first exposure since being diagnosed with eczema/dermatitis, I am sold on this minimal effort to rid myself of eczema. This should illustrate how much time I spent indoors for just 20 minutes of full sun at noon to give me more relief than absolutely anything I tried in two years. Home gym? Indoors. Home office? Indoors. Even when I work "outside" my home, I am renting or renovating properties. Figure skating? Indoors. Shopping? Indoors. You may understand the pattern because you too may be spending an extreme amount of time indoors. Take heed.
Hellish Before On Right Hand
My Hyperpigmentation Will Go Away Like The Eczema
Sunlight Creates Chemical Reactions In Your Skin That May Help You
If some doctors recommend vitamin D3 supplements, why not get the genuine thing from the sun? You will also get some nitric oxide production going which boosts heart health and can help lower blood pressure too. The doctor wasn't wrong to recommend vitamin D3, a fair number of people suffering from eczema and/or dermatitis are Vitamin D deficient and I was tested for a deficiency which was found and treated. However, it was natural sunlight that cured my eczema. I hope getting a little sunlight cures yours. Perhaps it is best to actually get out into the sun to allow the natural chemical reactions to take place in your skin to cure your dermatitis or eczema. Don't go overboard, you don't need to risk skin cancer either.
It is likely that sunlight is not the cure for every sufferer however, it is a cure for me and a number of people who have found themselves stuck indoors more often than getting outside. Perhaps after years of this behavior, my body had enough and had to show me to stop that nonsense by getting my attention with eczema. Now I make the effort to get natural sun for a minimum of 20 minutes each exposure 3 or 4 times a week and I have been completely free of eczema ever since I started doing this two months ago. Look at my before and after photos, there is just a two-month span from gross to very satisfied.
I don't have to carve out time to sit at the doctor's office anymore let alone get UV therapy several times a week that would involve a time commitment similar to a part-time job. I have not changed anything else but my habit of avoiding the sun. So often we are told the sun is bad for you that it may be having negative effects on people's health by driving them to the other extreme. While not intentional, mostly everything I do is indoors, so I just have to stay vigilant about getting a bit of sunlight. I have been clear for two months now after not being clear for a grand 3 weeks in total over two full years! No more rashes, no more swelling, no more pain, no more itching, no more weeping flesh, no more weeping in literal tears from sheer frustration, and no more sleepless nights. I ignored getting even safe, small amounts of genuine sunlight and developed eczema, something I never had in my life. And while it is possible to get skin cancer, we need small amounts of sun. There must be a balance. Heed my warning, if not, things can get out of hand no matter which extreme you go to whether too much or too little sun.
Because I used myself as a guinea pig and know that when winter comes there'll be far less opportunity for easy and full sun exposure, I will be buying a light therapy device to use in the fall and winter. If at any time my eczema stops responding to genuine sun exposure I will get the Dupixent shots. My dermatologist is on speed dial at this point and I (with all my allergies, another common factor in getting dermatitis and/or eczema) am on a list where I get same day appointments for these reasons. Steroids creams and steroid shots have given me rebound dermatitis, acne, thinned my skin as you can see in the pictures, and did not even work! All lotions and creams are a waste for me since my eczema is limited to my hands and wrists. Thus, each time I go to the restroom and wash my hands, I'm literally washing the medication and any money spent down the drain which is why anything applied to my skin NEVER worked in TWO YEARS of suffering! Desonide, Eucrisa, triamcinolone, and many more that escape my memory did not work for me. The steroid tablet, prednisone brought fast relief but helped me pack on some pounds after several rounds of it over the past two years. Not okay!
As for those whose eczema is completely covered by clothes, talk to your doctor about getting more natural sun or simply do so yourself for just 20 minutes a day perhaps 3 days out of the week and see how you feel. No, do not expose areas normally covered in public. Expose your healthy skin (such as that on your arms, legs, or back) that may even be unaffected by your dermatitis or eczema to see if that exposure on the healthier parts of your skin helps out the damaged areas.
Reminders On Your Eczema Journey
I must remind you, that while sun exposure cured my eczema, it may or may not work for you or your loved one. While I am not offering medical advice I am sharing my personal story and adventure on this very unwanted trip in an effort to share information that may help others learn how they can relieve the symptoms of what can become a devastating life-altering ailment for an unlucky few. I would only recommend getting 20 or 30 minutes of full sun every 2 or 3 days preferably after discussing with your doctor. Avoid too much sun exposure or you could add to your problems.
I do recommend that you do your own research (with highly trusted medical resources), inform yourself, and visit a doctor and ask questions. As for putting sunscreen on eczema, that is your choice. I would say it's a bad one because there are many nasty chemicals in sunscreens and sunblocks and they will be hard and painful to fully remove from your rash and could make your rash even worse. I only slathered sunblock on healthy skin only and left the eczema on my hands and wrists to the sun when intentionally using sun exposure for my eczema/dermatitis. Some days I do spend up to an hour or so in the sun, swimming, exercising, etc. I make sure that I get at least 80 minutes of sun on my eczema each week, unblocked by windows or anything else but ensure that all my healthy skin is covered in a non-toxic sunblock with high levels of zinc oxide. And yes, putting zinc oxide on eczema works for some folks, it just never worked for me.
Again, research and learn for yourself. There will be a lot of trial and error, my hope is that I can cut some of that trial and error out for you. Speak to your doctor. Seek out highly experienced resources such as the Cleveland Clinic, Harvard, and the Mayo Clinic's official websites when you find yourself awake itching like a dog with mange at 3 am in desperate need of relief. Think about what you learn and apply it to your specific case and always seek advice from your dermatologist, allergist, and your primary care doctor to see if anything they can offer you can give you relief. I give you my absolute best wishes in this special kind of hell. I found my cure for eczema, hopefully, you will find your cure for eczema too!
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