If you have ever suffered with eczema, you know that it is very painful and irritating. When it develops, the skin erupts and becomes swollen, dry and itchy. The itching can get so bad it’s painful — like small bee stings all over your skin. No wonder people want to know how to get rid of eczema.
Before we talk about the cure, let’s talk a little bit about the condition itself.
When you suffer with eczema you may have small, infrequent outbreaks for some time. But then those may suddenly give way to major flare ups that seem to last forever.
Sadly, many babies develop eczema. When this happens, mothers often panic because it is almost impossible to keep a baby from trying to scratch at the painful itching.
Eczema causes their skin to become prickly and itchy. No wonder babies and little children become grouchy and upset when they are the victims. Babies with eczema will often cry for hours due to their discomfort.
When you consider the symptoms, it is easy to understand how eczema can interfere with your daily life. It can rob you of sleep, make it difficult to work, and even affect the clothes you must wear.
Many people seek medical help. Most in the medical community agree that there is no known cure for eczema, but they do feel it can be controlled.
The medications frequently prescribed are antihistamines and steroids. These treatments can be costly, especially if you do not have health insurance. They also may have unpleasant side effects and many doctors warn if used for an extended period of time they may cause a thinning of the skin.
What are some of the things you can do to relieve the itch and pain of eczema? One of the first things you can do is dress in cool cotton clothing. With children it is a good idea to trim their fingernails so they cannot do damage while scratching.
We are finding out today that eczema flareups can be attributed to the daily diet and particularly certain foods. Therefore it is important to keep a food diary and take note of foods may be contributing to outbreaks.
And, there are natural home remedies. The advantage of natural remedies is they have no negative side effects. Wouldn’t it be much better to find a natural way to get rid of eczema?
Some of the most effective remedies for eczema are really quite simple. There is really no reason not to try them because they are inexpensive and not harmful.
For instance, start by keeping the skin washed. It is best to use an organic, mild soap that is perfume free. Avoid detergents and solutions that contain alcohol. These dry the skin and can cause flare ups.
After you gently wash the skin, dry it by gently patting it down using a soft towel that is detergent free. Never use a rough towel or dry the skin roughly.
Use flax seed oil or safflower oil to moisturize the skin. Pour a little of one of these oils in a bowl and apply it gently to the skin while the skin is still damp. This will help seal moisture into the skin. In addition, both of these oils are natural moisturizers.
Many of the natural cures for eczema can be found in your pantry or refrigerator. Others can be purchased at a health food store. For instance, did you know that both spinach juice and carrot juice have been helpful to people suffering with eczema?
Another natural aid is mango pulp. Simmer a mango on the stove for about a half an hour. After it cools, remove the skin and mash the fruit into a pulp. Apply the pulp to the skin as a lotion. This is very soothing and will help the skin to heal.
When eczema produces chapped skin, virgin coconut oil is a wonderful natural remedy. The coconut oil is applied like a moisturizer and is perfectly designed to hydrate the skin — plus it has a pleasant aroma.
Eczema is a very unpleasant condition. No wonder people will try almost anything to get rid of eczema. Before you take the most radical approach, such as steroids or other drugs, why not first give natural home remedies a chance? They have worked for thousands of eczema sufferers without dangerous side effects!