When we talk about debilitating skin conditions one skin disease that’s definitely discussed is eczema. This article will talk about eczema remedies that you can try at home.
A Few Words About Eczema
If you are not yet diagnosed with eczema, this section would surely come in handy for you.
Eczema is a chronic skin condition and can affect both adults and infants.
Medical experts classify eczema into four main categories, atopic dermatitis, contact eczema, varicose eczema, and pompholyx eczema.
Atopic dermatitis mostly affects kids below the age of five years and is triggered by environmental or genetic factors.
Contact dermatitis, as its name suggests, occurs when our skin comes in contact with an irritant or allergen. The symptoms tend to appear on the body part that got exposed to the irritants or allergens.
Varicose dermatitis is more common in women and tend to appear once people enter their teenage. Your chances of getting this skin condition would increase if you are overweight or have a history of suffering from cellulitis or phlebitis.
Pompholyx eczema is marked by formation of itchy, watery blisters on the feet and hands (particularly around the fingers). The condition can affect people or all ages but is more common in those below 40 years.
How will you Know that you have Eczema?
Eczema symptoms tend to vary significantly depending on the age of sufferer.
Infants suffering from the disorder would usually develop itchy rashes that may result in a crusting, oozing skin condition. These symptoms mostly appear on the scalp and face of infants. However, occasionally their chest, legs, arms, and back also get affected.
Teens and older kids mostly develop rashes on the bends of their knees and elbows. Other common sites include ankles, wrists, and neck. With time, the rashes tend to become dry and scaly.
Adults typically develop eczema rashes on their hands, feet, wrists, face, and the back of their knees.
In white-skinned individuals, these rashes gradually become reddish and eventually develop into brown areas. Dark-skinned people, on the other hand, mostly experience loss of pigment due to eczema.
In case, if you got Eczema scars on legs then try these natural remedies to get rid of it.
Eczema Remedies to Try at Home
Your dermatologists would prescribe medications and ointments to help you manage your eczema. However, if you want complete relief from the problem, you should try out some home remedies.
Here are some of the most effective home remedies for eczema.
1) Carom Seeds
Carom seeds are known for their anti-inflammatory properties.They are instrumental in removing harmful toxins from our system and helping us in having clear, flawless skin.
Boil some water and wait until it becomes lukewarm.
Take a teaspoon of carom seeds and grind them. Mix the ground carom seeds with a tablespoon of lukewarm water and add half a teaspoon of lemon juice to the mix.
Apply the paste onto the affected parts of your body. Wait for 15 to 20 minutes and wash the paste off using plain water.
Do this every day for a month and you will surely experience significant reduction in the itchiness and irritation associated with eczema. The redness will also disappear.
2) Vegetable Shortening
You must have this thick and greasy kitchen staple in your collection.
Vegetable shortening is instrumental in curing cracked and dry skin, the most common symptom of eczema.
Take vegetable shortening in sufficient quantity and coat the affected parts of your body with it.
Cover the treated areas using plastic wrap and lock it using surgical tape. Wait for a couple of hours before removing the wrap and wiping off the shortening.
Turmeric is very popular for its ability to reduce inflammation.
It contains an active ingredient, curcumin. Curcumin is an antioxidant boasting the ability protect our skin and is also help in accelerating the wound healing process.
Consuming a teaspoon of turmeric paste would allow you to enjoy all its above benefits and would also reduce the intensity of your eczema symptoms.
4) Olive Oil
It’s a natural oil containing high quantity of omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3 showcases highly potent anti-inflammatory properties.
If you have eczema, massage some olive oil (preferably warm) on the affected body parts before taking your bath.
This will soften your patches and prevent your skin from becoming too dry and flaky.
You can get more benefits by consuming olive oil daily.
Having a tablespoon of the oil every morning in empty stomach will cleanse your body from within.
5) Tea Tree Oil
The antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of this nutrient-rich oil makes it a perfect remedy for eczema and a host of other skin conditions.
Combine a teaspoon each of olive oil and tea-tree oil and apply on your eczema rashes. Regular application of this oil-blend would help in reducing the itching sensation and would also soften your dried skin significantly.
6) Aloe Vera
We would advise you to use freshly extracted aloe vera gel for experiencing maximum benefits form this remedy. For that, you will have to grow a few of aloe vera plant in your place.
If that’s not possible, opt for pure aloe vera gel marketed by a reputable company.
Aloe vera gel has a cooling effect on our skin. This helps in reducing the redness and itching sensation caused by eczema.
The omega-3 fatty acids present in flaxseed make them a great supplement for people suffering from eczema.
Omega-3 possesses the ability to block a chemical known as arachidonic acid. It’s the primary cause of skin inflammation in eczema sufferers.
You can consume flaxseeds in various ways. For example, you can have the seeds just by grinding them or can also add some ground seeds to your salads, oatmeal, smoothies, or granola.
The maximum quantity you can have per day is two tablespoons of flaxseeds.
8) Fish Oil
This is another powerful source of omega-3 fatty acids. When trying to manage your eczema symptoms, you will need to consume 3 to 10 grams of fish oil per day.
If you use them regularly, all the above home remedies would show great results. However, you should never avoid consulting a qualified dermatologist if you want to prevent worsening of your eczema symptoms.