Natural Home Remedies and Foods You Should Avoid With Eczema
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.
Six Foods To Avoid With Eczema
- Dairy (all of it, not just milk)
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.
- 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.
Natural Remedies for Eczema
There are many natural remedies for eczema. Each natural remedy works different for each person.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
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.