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Eczema Dry Itch Homeopathic Treatment



Eczema is an inflammatory skin disorder. It is described by patches of dry, red, flaky skin, often accompanied by areas that are inflamed, broken, moist and oozing. Eczema can be Acute, short-lived, or Chronic, lasting for several years with periods of remission. If eczema is chronic, then the skin may become thick and scaly and may change color. The itching caused by eczema can be so severe and intolerable that scratching may cause the skin to crack and bleed. Eczema can affect any part of the body, but is most commonly found on the face, scalp, hands, behind the ears and in the creases of the elbows, knees and groin. It is not contagious. People who have eczema usually have very dry, itchy skin that struggles to hold moisture. Eczema often runs in families and may be aggravated by stress or contact with certain chemicals or allergens.

Eczema can affect people of any age, although the condition is most common in infants, and about 85% of those affected have an onset prior to 5 years of age. Eczema will permanently resolve by age 3 in about half of affected infants. In others, the condition tends to recur throughout life. People with eczema often have a family history of the condition or a family history of other allergic conditions, such as asthmaor hay fever. The nature of the link between these conditions is inadequately understood. Up to 20% of children and 1%-2% of adults are believed to have eczema. Eczema is slightly more common in girls than in boys. It occurs in people of all races. Eczema is not contagious, but since it is believed to be at least partially inherited, it is not uncommon to find members of the same family affected.

Causes of Eczema

Eczema is not caused by one specific allergy. It is influenced by many environmental factors like:

 • Synthetic or woolen fabrics.

• Washing powders,industrial chemicals and dyes, cement, garden plants, bracelets and watch straps, rubber boots and gloves.

• Irritant foods - such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, eggs, cow’s milk, peanuts and fish. • Cigarette smoke - in an enclosed room, fumes will irritate the skin.

• Cats and dogs - almost all furry pets will produce an allergic reaction in a child with eczema.

• House dust mites - these are microscopic creatures that are found in large numbers in old mattresses and within the dust in carpets and other surfaces. When scratched into the skin they will worsen eczema and, if inhaled, will provoke asthma.

 • Grass pollen - most children with eczema are allergic to grass pollen.

• Cosmetics, hairsprays, perfumes, antiperspirants and deodorants may cause eczema. • Nickel fastening, underwear elastic and contraceptives.

• Weather changes and emotional stress also precipitate Eczema.

• Poor drainage of blood due to stagnation in the varicose veins causes varicose eczema.

                                                          

Symptoms

Varied in its presentation, eczema can show up in diverse forms in different individuals. Some key features that are common to most forms of eczema are as follows:

 · Dry itchy skin

· Redness, heat and swelling of the affected part

· Skin eruptions - usually multiple small ones

· Occasionally there may be oozing of thin watery fluid from the eruptions

· Chronic scratching may lead to thickening of the skin in the affected area

· Darkening of the skin in long standing cases

· Crust formation may be seen · Scaling

· The lesions may appear on any part of the body but are commonly seen to affect:

 · Knees, elbows, ankles - especially inner sides

· Face and neck

· Arms and legs

· Folds of skin

 

Commonly recognized types of Eczema

• Atopic eczema: Atopic eczema is the commonest form of eczema and is related with asthma and hay fever. It can affect both children and adults, usually running in families. The most common symptoms of atopic eczema are dryness of the skin, redness, inflammation and unbearable itchiness that can cause the skin to split, leaving it prone to infection. In infected eczema the skin may crack and weep.

• Allergic contact dermatitis: Develops when the body’s immune system reacts against a substance in contact with the skin. The allergic reaction often develops over a period of time through repeated contact with the substance. For example, an allergic reaction may occur to perfumes, nickel, which is often found in earrings, belt buckles and jeans buttons.

 • Irritant contact dermatitis: This type of eczema is caused by frequent contact with everyday substances, such as detergents and chemicals, which are irritating to the skin. It most commonly occurs on the hands of adults and can be prevented by keeping away from the irritants and keeping the skin moisturized.

 • Infantile seborrhoeic eczema: Is a common condition affecting babies under one year old, the exact cause of which is unknown. It usually starts on the scalp or the nappy area and quickly spreads to the face then elbows, knees, neck, wrists and ankles. Although this type of eczema looks unpleasant, it is not sore or itchy and does not cause the baby to feel uncomfortable or unwell.

 • Adult seborrhoeic eczema: This type of eczema affects adults between the ages of 20 and 40. It is usually seen on the scalp as mild dandruff, but can spread to the face, ears and chest. The skin becomes red, inflamed and starts to flake.

• Varicose eczema: Varicose eczema affects the lower legs in the middle to late years, due to poor circulation. Commonly the skin around the ankles is affected, becoming speckled, itchy and inflamed.

• Discoid eczema: Is also found in adults and appears suddenly as a few coin shaped areas of red skin, normally on the trunk or lower legs. They become itchy and can weep fluid.

Homoeopathic Treatment

Homeopathy offers very good treatment for eczema. According to Homeopathic principles skin affections are usually an expression of an internal disorder and are therefore not treated only with external applications. Homeopathic medicines work towards eliminating the basic sensitivity to develop such a lesion using internal medicine. This approach not only successfully removes the eczema but also removes the possibility of development of other hypersensitivity disorders like asthma after the eczema is cured.Because you are a unique individual, your eczema will likely be different from that of another sufferer. Some people feel they have to scratch until their skin bleeds; other people experience cracking skin that oozes a clear or yellow fluid. Some people have solid little bumps; others have vesicles filled with fluid and yet others develop crusts and scabs. Where the eczema appears on your body will also be individual. Some people only experience it on their arms and legs; others have it around their ears, and on their necks, backs, and buttocks. How you respond to the eczema, its appearance, its location on your body, and the type of discomfort you feel when you scratch are important in determining the correct homeopathic remedy. Homeopathy considers any skin disease as an expression of lowered vitality and immunity. So it cures by enhancing the immunity level of an individual. Homeopathy believes that suppressing a symptom at the skin level may cause the original imbalance to express itself in another more important internal organ. After taking Homeopathic medicines, the texture of your skin will improve. If your eruptions are moist with discharge, they will become dry. There will be an improvement in the associated symptoms like pain, itching, and dandruff. Relapses of skin eruptions will be less frequent, less intense, and of a shorter duration and finally your skin will be free from eruptions and will revert to its original condition without any blemish.

Self care Measure

• Try to reduce itching and scratching to prevent infection. A cool compress applied to the affected area or an Oatmeal bath can decrease the itching quickly.

 • Oatmeal bath - Wrap a cup of oatmeal in a clean clothe to form a bag. Put this bag under a running tap and swish it through the bath water. Next, squeeze and rub the wet bag over the skin. Oatmeal can be very soothing to dry and inflamed skin.

• Try not to dry the skin out. Avoid long baths and showers as they can easily remove vital, natural oils from your skin. Moisture can be locked into the skin by applying a non-allergenic cream or lotion after washing.

 • Avoid biological detergents, perfumes or harsh soaps.

 • Try to expose affected areas of skin to the air as much as possible. Lengthy exposure to sunlight should be avoided as this will have a detrimental affect on the eczema.

• Try to wear soft cotton clothing.

 • Wear gloves for housework or gardening.

• Avoid cheap jewellery that may contain nickel and any other metals that may cause irritation.

• Try to consider possible food and environmental allergens.

• Avoid pesticides, additives and food colorings.

• Try to reduce everyday stress and the stress of the condition. Hence, for a safe, natural, effective, and long-lasting answer for Eczema, consider Homeopathy.

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Some Common Homeopathic Remedies for Eczema

Arsenicum Album (Ars)

 Eczema that itches and burns. Rough, scaly skin.Skin red, as if burnt.Must scratch until skin raw. Worse for: cold. Better for: warmth; warm or hot water. Skin hard and parchment-like. Scratching the skin raw improves the itching. Itch worsens as skin heals. Worse for: undressing; cool air; right side.
Those who need Ars. can be anxious about many things, including health, and tend to be restless. Anxiety worsens from midnight to 2 AM. Pains are usually burning in nature while the person can feel chilly in general.

CalcareaCarbonica (Calc-c)

 Rough, dry skin with a tendency to crack.Itching blisters between fingers and in bends of elbows.Bran-like coating on skin. Worse for: water. Better for: scratching. Those needing Calc-c are often overweight or flabby. They tend to be obstinate and worry about safety or security. They may be anxious about health, flying, insanity, mice, or heights. There can be a love of eggs, ice cream, and milk. Sweat will often occur on the back of the neck.

Graphites (Graph)

Eczema that oozes a thick yellow or honey-like discharge. Dry, rough skin or hard, thick skin with cracks. Eczema and cracks behind the ears. Worse for: night; warmth of bed. Skin covered by crusts and scales. Eczema and cracks on skin heal slowly. Eczema that leads to asthma especially when suppressed by steroid creams. Eczema worse on the left side of the body.Those who need Graphites are often indecisive, prone to depression, and easily affected by small things. They like to think things through slowly and can suffer from obesity. Complaints may be worse on the left side of the body. Chicken is oftenafavourite food while salt, sweets, and fish may be disliked. There may be a tendency for keloid scarring.

Medorrhinum (Med)

Eczema from birth. Eczema and asthma combined. Itching to the point of bleeding.
History of bright red nappy rash with a sharply defined rather than speckly border. Better for: being by the sea. Those who need Medorrhinum are often passionate and full of extremes. They can be either introverted or extroverted, or swing between the two. They come to life at night and frequently bite their nails. Medorrhinum types like to sleep on their stomach and will often get into the knee-chest position to relieve complaints.

NatrumMuriaticum (Nat-m)

Eczema with small blisters and intense itching. Blisters weep a watery fluid on scratching and turn to cracks as they dry. Eczema in hair margins or eyebrows.Eczema with suppressed emotions or following grief.Eczema where thighs rub, in groin, or between fingers. The skin may be greasy.
Those needing Nat-m are sensitive and easily hurt but may not show it. They often have a strong history of grief or disappointment. Those who need Nat-m.can be serious, self-contained, and prefer to keep to themselves. Headaches and migraines can develop from the heat of the sun. There may be a dislike of slimy food and a liking for bread, pasta, and salty things.

Rhustoxicodendron (Rhus-t)

 Intensely itchy eczema with frequent oozing. Small blisters that break on scratching and ooze a watery fluid.Rash often on arms, hands or genital region. Restlessness with the eczema.Hard, thick skin. Blisters break, crust, and then crack. Rashes that burn and prickle. Worse for: cold air; cold damp weather; getting wet. Better for: running scalding hot water over the eruption. Those who need Rhus-t will be restless and feel better for motion. Complaints are generally worse for cold and damp weather or environments and better for warmth and dryness. Often there is a love of cold milk. Rhus-t is one of the main remedies needed in the treatment of chickenpox.

Sulphur (Sulph)

 Intense itching that must be scratched. Scratching to the point of bleeding.Pleasurable scratching.Itch that burns.Redness of rash. Worse for: warmth of the bed; becoming overheated; bathing.Moist eczema. Skin has a dirty appearance. Discharge develops an offensive or eggy smell. Worse for: night; perspiration; wool. Better for: cold; cold applications.One of the most common remedies for eczema. Can be easily confused with Psorinum. Those needing Sulphur can be opinionated and philosophical. They also have a reputation for being messy and lazy.

Psorinum (Psor)

 Intense itching that must be scratched, sometimes to the point of bleeding. Worse for : night; warmtn of the bed. Dirty appearance of skin.Eczema behind the ears.Despair and depression with the eczema.Infected eczema.Offensiveness of the eczema or discharge. Generally feel chilly. Better for: warmth. One of the most common remedies for eczema. Can be easily confused with Sulphur.Those needing Psor.can be anxious and despair of the future. They may be chilly, have a fear of poverty and be anguished at night

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Dr. GURPREET SINGH MAKKAR is a dynamic homeopath from India(pb). He is an ardent student of classical Homeopathy. He is a registered doctor degree holder (B.H.M.S.) from Sri Guru Nanak Dev Homoeopathic medical college(S.G.N.D Barewal Ludhiana,PUNJAB, India.
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