Eczema | Symptom

Find information on how dieting can help Eczema

Eczema Overview

Eczema, also known as Dermatitis, is a chronic condition of inflammation of the skin and is characterized by the red, itchy, flaky skin and crusty patches. Eczema flare ups can vary from person to person in location and severity of rashes, to frequency of flare ups. Some common symptoms include dry, red skin, bumpy rashes, blisters, swelling, itching and skin lesions that can be oozing or scaling.

Causes of Eczema

The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but it is similar to many chronic gut diseases in that it is the body's physical manifestation of indicating that your immune system is out of balance. It is one of those conditions that emerges in people who may be genetically predisposed to it, and who already have compromised immune systems resulting from a compromised gut or bacterial imbalance. Eczema often appears in infancy or childhood, and can continue into adulthood with periods of remission. While many mainstream doctors will treat eczema symptoms with over the counter creams and recommend hypoallergenic skin products, this is often times only enough to manage symptoms as they flare-up, and will not prevent any reoccurrence of future rashes.

Good Diets For Those Diagnosed With Eczema

Seeking to heal eczema and prevent future flare-ups involve making dietary and lifestyle changes that will minimize exposure to harmful chemicals, toxins, and allergens that may worsen symptoms or trigger rashes. This means being conscious of external factors such as products that you use on your skin, and making sure they do not contain harmful chemicals, artificial fragrances or dyes, or anything unnatural that might irritate sensitive skin. This can range from the kind of laundry detergents you use, to the soap you wash your hands with, to the lotions, shampoos, and makeup you use. It is important to look for skin care products that contain natural skin soothing and anti-inflammatory ingredients, such as cucumber, vitamin E, cocoa butter, avocado butter, and aloe vera. Eczema is also thought to be related to candida, so looking for topical antifungals in your products such as coconut oil, neem, rosemary and oregano oils may be beneficial for treating rash symptoms as well. Because Eczema is an immune related condition, it is necessary to address gut flora imbalances and boost your immunity through diet and detoxification measures as well. This means eliminating toxic, processed foods, especially sugary foods. It also means eating a well-balanced, whole foods based diet rich in vital nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It would also be helpful to look into gut healing nutritional diets like SCD, GAPS, or Paleo AutoImmune to address gut toxicity and restore optimal gut health and immunity. Other natural remedies such as Chinese medicine, Acupuncture, and homeopathy can be useful in treating the root cause of Eczema by strengthening immunity

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