Home Medications and Treatments for Eczema
Eczema is a recurring inflammation of the skin and is characterized by red, dry skin. It is most commonly found on the face, wrists, and insides of the knees and elbows. The skin constantly itches, and there may be oozing blisters. Frequent scratching and rubbing may cause the skin to become thick, hard, and discolored. It is a common and troublesome condition of the skin. Eczema occurs most often in infants, and in such cases, usually clears up by itself by the time the child is 18 months old.
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Eczema in its acute form presents redness and swelling of the skin, and the formation of minute vesicles. If the vesicles rupture, a raw, moist surface is formed, from which a colorless discharge oozes, forming crusts on the skin where it accumulates. The symptoms are usually worse at night The skin itches at all stages.
Eczema is essentially a constitutional disease, resulting from a toxic condition of the system, and failure of the human system to excrete the poisons from the various orifices of the body. Other causes include faulty metabolism, constipation, nutritional deficiencies, menstrual stress, jealousy, frustration, and a host of other emotions. Suppressive drug treatment of another disease is also a potent, subsidiary causative factor in many cases.
Eczema Treatment with Musk Melon:
Musk melon is regarded as one of the most effective remedies for eczema. In fact, 'melon cure' can be successfully employed in the treatment of this disease. In this mode of treatment, only musk melons should be taken three times during the day for forty days or more. In the beginning, only 3 kg of melons are taken daily for three days. Then the quantity is increased by 1 kg daily till it is sufficient to appease the hunger. Only the sweet and fresh fruits of the best variety are used. As the water content of the fruit is above 90 percent, no water should be taken during this period. The juice of the fruit is also beneficial for local application in chronic and acute cases of eczema.
Eczema Treatment with Mango:
Mangoes are considered another effective remedy for eczema. The pulp and the skin of the fruit should be simmered in a cup of water for half an hour. This should men be strained and applied as a lotion liberally to all affected areas several times daily.
Eczema Treatment Using Heartsease:
Eczema can be caused by an allergic reaction. The cause is a combination of external as well as internal conditions. No class, age, or sex is exempt. It can be brought on by contact with certain chemicals. A balanced natural diet plays a large part in treating eczema. If you suffer from eczema, look carefully at your eating habits and the chemicals you ingest daily, either through the skin or digestion. The condition can be caused by psychological factors and stress can make the condition worse.
Heartsease is one treatment that has been used by Native Americans for centuries. Add 2 tablespoons of heartsease (pansy) to 2 cups boiling water. Steep until cool. Use as wash.
Eczema Treatment Using Lemon Juice:
Apply lemon juice to the area and allow to dry before bed. Leave on overnight. Helps the skin to heal. This can dry the area and promote healing. It acts as an antiseptic if the area is inflamed.
Eczema Treatment Using Raw Potato:
Grate a raw potato and apply as a poultice to relieve the itching. This is good to use for instant relief from itching.
Eczema Treatment Using Valerian:
Another treatment that seems to work is to use tincture of valerian. use the valerian tincture applied with a cotton ball and allowing it to dry naturally. Most people do not like the smell of valerian, but if it works, who cares?
Eczema Treatment with Vegetable Juices:
Raw vegetable juices, especially carrot juice in combination with spinach juice, have proved beneficial in the treatment of eczema. The formula proportions considered helpful in this combination are 300 ml of carrot juice and 200 ml of spinach juice to make 500 ml or 1/2 liter of the juice.
Special Eczema Remedy:
Add 1 cup of red clover blossoms and leaves to 2 cups of boiling water. Allow to steep until cool. Strain, apply to skin rash, and allow to dry naturally. Reapply as often as needed.
DIET FOR ECZEMA:
1. It is important to test for food allergies. Sensitivity to wheat gluten is particularly a problem. Certain foods seem to be more likely to cause eczema. Eliminating these foods from the diet is a good way to determine if one or several of them are responsible for the problem. The main problem foods are dairy products (including milk, cheese, ice cream), eggs, wheat, corn, and sugar.
After eliminating all of those foods from the diet, and the symptoms have gone away, one food at a time can be reintroduced to see if the symptoms reoccur. A new food would be introduced each week. For more information, refer to the article on Food sensitivities.
2. Eat fish that is rich in essential fatty acids, such as mackerel, herring, and salmon, twice per week.
3. Decrease the intake of animal fats such as red meat and milk products (except fish).
4. Eat at least 1 cup of vegetables, 1 cup of whole grains such as brown rice and oatmeal, and 1 to 3 fruits per day.
5. Add fiber to the diet and increase the intake of fluids to 8 glasses per day.
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