Eczema, also known as dermatitis or atopic eczema, is an inflammatory skin condition that is characterized by itching, redness, and an outbreak of lesions on the skin. It is a chronic condition that can affect people of all ages, but it occurs mostly in children.
How does Eczema affect daily life?
Eczema is not a life-threatening condition. But it can cause various complications like skin infections, sleep disorders and behavioral problems. It can affect an individual’s quality of life. The extreme discomfort caused due to itching and pain can disturb sleep routine and impact day-to-day activities as well.
The rashes or lesions caused due to eczema are visible to others. It severely impacts the self-confidence and self-image of the patient. According to an article published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, adults with atopic eczema are atrisk of anxiety and depression. Therefore, an ideal eczema treatment should consider both the physical and emotional aspects of the patient.
Cause of Eczema
The causes of eczema differ from one person to another. Generally, eczema is a result of different factors working together, and not just one factor in isolation. Irritants like soaps, detergents, cosmetics or sweat, trigger some forms of eczema. Additionally, environmental allergens can cause an outbreak of atopic eczema. Experts observe that varying temperature, humidity and stress can also lead to the sudden occurrence of eczema.
Common causes of eczema include the following:
- Direct skin contact with irritants like soaps, detergents, cosmetics, hair products, perfumes, certain fabric, paints, etc. can cause eczema.
- Environmental allergens like house dust, smoke, pollen, moulds etc. can lead to eczema.
- Dietary allergens in milk, milk products, eggs, peanuts etc. are known to worsen eczema. Other products such as sugar, red meat, refined carbohydrates can also exacerbate eczema.
- People with a family history of asthma, allergies, hay fever or other types of allergic diseases are prone to develop eczema.
- Stress can cause eczema as it can trigger inflammation throughout the body, including on the surface of your skin, causing flare-ups.
- Extreme temperatures can aggravate eczema. Excess heat or cold can irritate the surface of the skin and aggravate the condition.
- Extended exposure to dry air due to dry climate and cold temperatures can reduce the skin’s natural moisture. Excessive dryness leads to itching, which them results in inflammation.
The best eczema treatment should be able to control the physical symptoms and treat the other underlying conditions as well. Homeopathic medicines made of natural ingredients are effective in treating the root cause of eczema.
Symptoms of Eczema
Generally, the symptoms of eczema include itchy, scaly and inflamed skin with a parched appearance. Symptoms may differ depending on the type of eczema. The acute form of eczema also called weeping eczema sometimes shows symptoms such as a colorless, sticky fluid with crusts and scabs. In infants, eczema affects the face, the skin behind the knees, the elbows and the diaperarea.
Symptoms of eczema vary from person-to-person and may depend on the age and the type of eczema an individual experiences. Typically, eczema is a skin condition which begins with an itch. Other common symptoms generally noticed are:
- Red, itchy rash
- Dry or scaly skin
- Multiple fluid-filled lesions and skin eruptions
- Chronic scratching
- Cracked or broken skin & crust formation
- Darkening of the skin
Skin lesions are one of the most common symptoms of eczema. They can occur on any part of the body, but are generally observed in the following areas:
- Knees, Elbows, Ankles (especially on the inner sides)
- Folds of the skin
Eczema in Infants
In children who are younger than two years, rashes are prominent eczema symptoms. You will notice:
- Rashes on the cheeks & scalp
- Rashes that tend to rise and leak fluid thereafter
- Rashes that lead to excessive itching and disturbs sleep
Eczema in Children
In children aged two and above, the following symptoms are observed:
- Rashes that occur on the wrists, neck, ankles
- Rashes that appear at the crease between the legs and buttocks
- Rashes behind the creases of elbows or knees
- Uneven or bumpy rashes
- Rashes that grow darker or lighter
- Skin thickening which may later develop into a permanent itch. It is also known as lichenification.
Eczema in Adults
In adults, the following eczema symptoms are commonly noticed:
- Dry skin on the affected areas
- Rashes with more scaly texture than the ones found in children
- Rashes appearing in the creases of the knees, elbows or the nape of the neck
- Rashes covering most areas of the body
- Rashes that itch permanently
- Skin infections
Types of Eczema
The most common forms of eczema are:
1. Atopic Dermatitis - Atopic dermatitis, commonly known as infantile eczema, is the most common type of eczema. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information - NCBI, 90% of patients with atopic dermatitis show symptoms in the first five years of life. The symptoms generally include oozing eruptions on the skin at different areas of the body such as elbows, neck, face, back of the knees etc. The skin tends to be excessively dry and itchy. As infants are unable to control the scratching, it may even cause secondary infections.
Individuals with a family history of allergy, asthma, hay fever etc. are prone to experience atopic dermatitis. This condition is often related to other allergic and hypersensitive conditions like rhinitis.
2. Contact Dermatitis - Contact dermatitis occurs in localized regions where the skin comes in direct contact with an allergen or irritant. Prolonged contact with allergens such as food and other environmental factors generally trigger an eczematous reaction. Also, limited exposure to allergens for a short time tends to trigger a rapid eczematous response too.
Contact with nickel which is a component of artificial jewellery can cause an allergy. Nickel allergies are one of the most common forms of Contact Dermatitis. Contact with different nickel containing objects such as rings, earrings, watches, chains etc. may cause eczema.
3. Seborrheic Dermatitis - This type of eczema affects mainly the head and the area behind the ears. Common symptoms of Seborrheic dermatitis include red rashes with yellow, oily flakes. People with oily skin and scalp often experience this eczema type.
4. Exfoliative Dermatitis - A patient with exfoliative dermatitis experiences an excessive amount of scaling and flaking on the skin. This type of eczema covers almost all parts of the body.
5. Stasis Dermatitis - Stasis dermatitis occurs in areas of the body with poor blood circulation; for e.g. lower legs. Therefore, this type of eczema is often associated with circulatory disorders like varicose veins, among others. Experts believe that stasis dermatitis may develop into venous ulcers in the long run if left untreated.
6. Nummular Dermatitis - Nummular Dermatitis is a chronic type of eczema that features itchy circular spots on the skin and oozy patches. Other symptoms may include burning, dry, crusty or inflamed skin around lesions.
7. Neuro-Dermatitis - Emotional stress causes this type of eczema. Patients with Neuro Dermatitis experience symptoms such as excessive itchiness and scratching while resting or trying to sleep. It affects different areas of the body such as lower legs, ankles, neck, wrists, forearms and genitals.
Depending on the eczema type, the duration of eczema treatment will vary from one patient to another. However, homeopathy eczema treatment is beneficial to every patient and hence it is strongly recommended for all cases.
Homeopathic Treatment For Eczema
There are different types of eczema which affects every patient differently. The causes and symptoms widely vary as well. Besides the physical trauma, eczema impacts the quality of life and leads to social isolation. Therefore, the best eczema treatment should consider physical as well as emotional aspects to be truly effective.
At Dr Batra’s, UAE, eczema experts first understand the medical and family history of the patient and examine the distinctive symptoms and causes. This eczema treatment approach helps in appropriate diagnosis of the condition, deciding effective medicine and formulating best eczema treatment.
Advantages of Homeopathic Eczema Treatment
- Relieves dermatitis/eczema.
- Internal healing through oral medicines made with natural ingredients.
- No side-effects.
- No toxicity.
Homeopathic Eczema Treatment Features
- 3D Imaging Technology is used for skin diagnosis. It measures the damage, depth and dimension of the skin.
- Understanding of different underlying factors such as sensitivity to food allergens and environmental irritants, mental stress and physical exertion.
- Regular monitoring of underlying diseases or conditions, such as allergy, diabetes, hypertension and depression.
- Natural homeopathic medicines are provided aimed to reduce itching, flare-ups, limit the spread, stimulate the healing process and improve sleep.
- Eczema treatment includes examination and treatment of othercomplaints associated with skin.
- A customized and best eczema treatment plan is developed as per the needs of the patient.
- Special focus on preventing recurrence of eczema symptoms.
- Homeopathy eczema treatment aims at improving the overall quality of life.
What is the best treatment for eczema available?
Eczema treatment in homeopathy involves medicines made of natural ingredients that treat the root cause of eczema and other underlying conditions. A holistic healing approach is used for long-term relief.
Can eczema be cured using homeopathy treatment?
Which homeopathic medicine is best for eczema?
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What is an eczema disease?
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