Roughly 20% of the population suffer from Eczema at some point in their lives. There is no real cure for the condition and many sufferers are now looking for natural eczema treatment. This blog will explore alternative ways to manage Eczema with the minimum use of steroids.
Natural Eczema Treatments For You
The causes of Eczema are varied. If it is not hereditary, it can be caused by irritants and allergens such as nickel, and yeast growths. In later years, the onset of Eczema tends to be associated with poor circulation in the legs.
Some recent studies have suggested that a defect in the biological ‘glue’ that bonds skin cells together could be the cause of eczema. The itchiness from eczema is not caused by the underlying condition, but from the external bacteria that gets into the cracked open skin leading to inflammation and itching. If you are suffering from eczema, further in this blog you will find out all the different kinds of natural eczema treatments.
Alternative Steroid Free & Natural Treatment for Eczema
Fortunately, there are some practical ways to manage the condition as well as some alternative treatments that are steroid free:
1. Plant Steroids
Plant steroids are non-chemical alternatives to steroids and can, in some cases, be as effective as chemical steroids but without the associated negative side effects of steroids. Two effective plant -steroid ointments include those made with Cardiospermum or Chickweed.
Skin Shop’s hydrosil dry skin gel with cardiospermum is a light and non-sticky gel that brings immediate relief for eczema symptoms. The gel contains a high potency of Cardiospermum vine extract, which has been gaining a reputation for it's natural treatment for eczema and soothing dry itchy skin.
2. Oatmeal Bath Soaks
Natural oatmeal in the bath water is a great natural eczema treatment. To save the mess, it works best sewn into a little muslin bag, or you can buy pre-prepared oatmeal bath soaks for convenience.
It is recommended to not take baths too regularly, but when you do, add bath oil to the water in order to keep the skin moisturised, and try to avoid soap.
3. Wear Protective clothing
Stay away from woollen clothes and blankets. Studies have shown that wool and other man made fibres that contact the skin can trigger eczema flare ups. Cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can irritate the skin and dry it out. Wearing rubber gloves with a cotton inner lining when doing house work can protect the skin from the irritants.
4. Managing a Diet
As far as diet is concerned, some nutritionists believe that avoiding dairy produce may help with the condition, so switch to substitutes such as soya, rice, hazelnut or almond milk and seek out alternatives to your usual cheese and butter.
Goat’s milk is another solution and if purchased fresh from the supermarket will taste similar to cow’s milk which makes life easier with the kids!
5. Using Oils
There is a wealth of evidence to suggest that Omega 3 and 6 oils is a great way to naturally treat eczema. Flaxseed oil is one of the richest sources of these oils.
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