Do you suffer from Eczema?
Eczema is quite a common skin disorder that causes an itchy and often painful rash. There are several types of eczema, but they all result in itching, redness and often blistering and peeling of the skin. Interestingly, Australia is one of the countries with the highest prevalence of eczema, affecting one in three Australians, according to research from the University of Melbourne.
The triggers of eczema vary in individuals and can include stress, genes, medications, immune deficiencies, impaired gut health, foods, preservatives, chemicals, pollens, dust mites, cosmetics and weather conditions!
Avoiding the trigger can be very helpful in managing eczema and decreasing the severity of flare-ups. When eczema is triggered by stress and anxiety, then mindfulness techniques such as meditation, tai chi and yoga may help reduce reactivity.
To identify food causes of eczema, start with eliminating common allergen foods from the diet. The most common allergenic foods are dairy, soy, citrus, peanuts, wheat, fish, eggs, corn, and tomatoes. Eliminating certain foods for a period of two weeks and reintroducing them to gage if there’s an allergy response is called a challenge/elimination trial. Work with your healthcare provider or naturopath to help you identify trigger foods.
Natural remedies to help alleviate and prevent flare-ups include:
Omega-3 fats such as fish oils help balance the inflammatory response in the body, support healthy immune signalling and are critical for wound healing and supporting strong, supple skin.
Probiotic supplements provide the gut with the friendly bacteria necessary to support its healthy function and also immunity. Certain strains of probiotics have proven to balance the immune response to allergens.
This vitamin is critical to in immune health overall and is required to help keep inflammation in check, maintain a balanced immune response and assist in resistance to infection.
Lavender essential oil
Combining a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil with a tablespoon of olive oil and adding to a warm bath will help reduce inflammation and calm red and irritated skin.
Calendula is a traditional remedy used to help calm and sooth the redness associated with eczema and promote healing of the affected area.
Yours in natural health,
Always consult your healthcare professional before commencing a new dietary or exercise regime, before using any supplements and before making any changes to prescribed medications.