What is Eczema and how do you treat it?
Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a condition that affects the skin. It is defined by the appearance of red, itchy skin. Eczema can occur in people of any age. Many suffering from eczema experience decreased confidence, increased frustration, and even difficulty sleeping. It may be accompanied by asthma and/or hay fever.
It is believed that a combination of environmental factors and genetics play a role in the development of eczema, including certain behaviors and lifestyle choices. Irritants such as soaps, perfumes, foods, allergens, and parasites may also accelerate the progression of eczema.
Symptoms vary depending on individual factors as well as the severity of the eczema. The most common issue associated with eczema is red, flaky skin. The affected skin can also be described as:
Eczema affects everyone differently; whereas one person may simply have itchy and red skin, another may experience thick painful scales or patches.
Certain behaviors can lead to a “flare-up” of eczema symptoms. These are known as eczema triggers.
Common eczema triggers include:
- Synthetic or wool clothing
- Strenuous exercise
- Weather changes
- Food Sensitivities
Scratching an affected area can make the symptoms worse. In other words, scratching to alleviate discomfort will only trigger more discomfort in the future.
Typically, western medicine treats eczema by managing the symptoms using a combination of topical creams, antibiotics, antihistamines, and steroids. However, proper treatment makes a significant difference in preventing both short-term and long-term complications caused by eczema.
Within naturopathic medicine, we have found that an individual suffering from eczema may actually have a serious digestive issue that contributes to their condition. Oftentimes, the individual may be eating foods in their diet that cause an allergic reaction in the form of eczema without even realizing it. To truly get to the root cause of eczema the digestive system and the immune system need to be investigated. An understanding of the underlying issue should be obtained through cellular, hormonal, and genetic assessments to ensure correct treatment. By exploring each case individually, a proper treatment protocol is developed to address your specific and unique needs rather than masking the symptoms.
The Bio Wellness Center can remove the persistent itchy, dry, flaky skin associated with the eczema. If you would like to get to the root cause of eczema, call us today at (225) 478-9665