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Manage Hand Eczema At Home

Updated on February 15, 2016

Coconut Oil A Natural Remedy For Hand Eczema

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Severe eczema of hands is not only a cause of great discomfort and disability, it may also affect the livelihood of a person. People in occupations that involve wet work, and those frequently exposed to soaps, detergents, cleansers, vegetables etc. are more likely to suffer this problem. It takes a long time to get cured, costs heavily on the pocket, and the results are often not fulfilling. Below are enumerated a few natural substances that can help manage this problem at home.

Chamomile Tea Compresses Have A Soothing Effect On Inflammed And Irritated Skin

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Black Currant Seed Oil Contains GLA That Noursihes The Skin

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Natural Ways To Manage Hand Eczema

  1. Avoid being under the shower for long: Dryness causes worsening of hand eczema. Excess bathing and repeated handwashing, especially with hot water, robs the skin of the natural moisturizing factors and lipids that keep it moist. Use luke warm water for washing and cleaning purposes.
  2. Coconut oil: Rub some cold pressed organic coconut oil throughout the day, as needed. It sinks into the skin and fills gaps between the skin cells.
  3. Jojoba oil: It is a liquid wax that has a structure resembling natural skin sebum. The long chain fatty acids penetrate the skin deeply and help heal the eczema patches. A healing body butter made from jojoba oil, coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax has the ability to heal and repair the rough and cracked skin and seal the moisture within. Shea butter has a high content of stearic and oleic acid, that have anti-inflammatory properties. Beeswax helps thicken the butter and soften the skin.
  4. Vegetable glycerin: Food grade glycerin extracted from plant-based sources restores the moisture of the dry and dehydrated skin.
  5. Oatmeal: It reduces the swelling and redness, and has saponins that clean and soothe the damaged skin.
  6. Chamomile: It helps reduce inflammation, itchiness and heals overly scratched spots. It derives its benefits from the active ingredient alpha-bisabolol. Warm compresses using chamomile tea can be pressed against the affected skin for 10-15 minutes. It is known to cause allergic reactions in some individuals. So you need to test it on a small patch of skin before using it on the affected area.
  7. Calendula lotion: When mixed with aloe gel or used as such, it helps reduce pain and inflammation commonly present on the eczematous skin.
  8. Avoid allergens: Keep your house clean and avoid allergens such as dust mites, seasonal pollens, and moulds.
  9. Avoid irritant soaps and shampoos: Products that contain harsh chemicals, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and parabens can further irritate the damaged skin. SLS damages the natural skin barrier by causing denaturation of natural surface proteins, making the skin more vulnerable to contaminants.
  10. Get regular sleep: This helps reduce stress and activate the healing process.
  11. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water during the day to keep your skin and body hydrated
  12. Eliminate gluten
  13. Eat more foods rich in Essential Fatty Acids: Gamma Linolenic Acid, an unusual essential fat found in black currant seed oil, borage oil and evening primrose oil, has nourishing effects on the skin, hair and nails. Omega fats found naturally in walnuts, cold water fatty fish and flax oil, reduce inflammation and allergic reactions.
  14. Reduce stress: Alternative therapies such as hypnotherapy, meditation, yoga and visualization techniques can reduce mental stress and promote skin healing.
  15. Occlusion to avoid scratching: Cover the itchy spot with a small bandage to remind yourself not to scratch on it. Wear thin cotton gloves over your hands at night to resist scratching in sleep.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      2 years ago

      A friend of mine has a child with this condition. I will pass on this information to them. I do believe coconut oil has many benefits for the human body in general. Thanks for the information.

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      Yoleen Lucas 

      3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Thank you for these tips. I have found rubbing hydrocortisone on the site helps.

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great tips!

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      Katrina Bourke 

      3 years ago

      Any suggestions for managing childhood Eczema of the hands?

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