Home remedies for eczema are a good place to start before visiting the dermatologist, especially if you don't have any health insurance. You can learn how to treat eczema naturally, avoid foods causing eczema, and find quality eczema clothing to keep your flare ups to a minimum.
If you’ve got eczema, you’ve probably had it since you were an infant. Those red, swelling, itchy patches of skin are likely just daily fare for you at this point. You’ve probably been prescribed steroids, which you’ve used to moderate success.
You may have even been given immuno suppressants, which can be effective but dangerous. Now you’re looking for something healthy, something natural, and something that works. Check out these home remedies for eczema below:
D Sharon Pruitt
Let’s talk about symptoms versus causes. There are lots of ways to alleviate symptoms when it comes to eczema.
Many natural cures for eczema involve applying a cream that reduces itching and moisturizes the skin.
However, these methods do not address the root causes of your eczema outbursts. First we’ll talk about a few good ways to alleviate your symptoms, and then we’ll discuss what you can change in your life to keep those symptoms away.
When you just need a break from it all, try turning your bathroom into your own personal spa! An oatmeal bath is a great an inexpensive solution to itchy, dry, inflamed skin. You can use whatever unflavored oatmeal you please, or you can buy special oatmeal from the salon.
Mix the oatmeal with warm water (you want it wetter than if you were planning to eat it). Let the oats soften, and you’re set! You can fill the tub (but this will make a mess!), or you can gently rub the oatmeal onto your skin. The latter is probably a better idea for anyone doing this remedy indoors.
Did you know that one of the best home remedies for eczema comes from the Dead Sea? The Dead Sea is a large body of water that separates Israel and Jordan in the Middle East. The water is so salty due to its low elevation and quickly-evaporating waters that no marine life can live in its depths.
An interesting coincidence to this high salt content is that it makes one incredibly buoyant! Many people "swim" in the Dead Sea for fun, but really they just float. Some even read newspapers while they float because it takes so little effort.
So what does this have to do with eczema? It turns out that the mud from the Dead Sea's basin is extremely high in minerals, and people have discovered that it clears up many different types of skin problems.
In fact, locals and visitors alike in Jordan go to the beaches of the Dead Sea just to cover themselves with this prized mud. If you go into expensive cosmetic shops around the world, many of the skin products you will see contain Dead Sea minerals.
Buying these expensive products may not be up your alley, but you might be able to find less expensive options online. Or, if you are ever in the area, Jordan is a beautiful and very safe country to visit- you might just find yourself there, slathered in mud!
You can also use topically applied herbal pastes. Use herbs like witch hazel, burdock root, or nutmeg. You can also apply these with a cold compress to relieve itching. Coconut oil or jojoba oil can also be very soothing. Some people swear by Crisco or lard applied directly to the affected skin.
You can also try light therapy with your own UVB lamp, or you can head out of a little sun. One last topical solution is sea water. Sea water has antiseptic properties that can help heal eczema. If can also cause extreme discomfort (think “pouring salt on the wound”) so I wouldn’t try it unless you’re quite desperate.
While topical treatments address the itching and discomfort associated with eczema, there is a lot that you can do to prevent further outbreaks. Many of these changes are dietary, but some are environmental home remedies for eczema.
You should try to eat foods high in probiotics, like yogurt and raw saurkraut. Avoid citrus, gluten, and animal fats, and increase the amount of vitamin A and potassium in your diet. Also, drink water. Drink lots of water. Proper hydration is eczema’s worst enemy.
You also might need to reconsider some of the detergents you use on your clothes and the soaps you use on your body. Think about switching to an all natural, no chemical, unscented laundry detergent.
Not all the detergent you use in a load of laundry gets rinsed out, and the residue can bother your sensitive skin.
All natural detergents are better for your skin and your wallet (and better for the environment too!). When choosing soaps to use on your skin, choose one that has an oil or fat base.
You should make sure that it’s unscented, and look at the ingredients for possible allergens. When you use soap, use it sparingly because it can dry out your skin.
If your eczema is serious and bothersome enough, consider going through your house and removing potential allergens. Clean your house of dust mites and anything that could irritate your skin, and get rid of all the carpet in your house where allergens and mites could build up.
The absolute best home remedies for eczema are based on changing your diet. Giving up wheat, sugar, and dairy is the ultimate step towards preventing eczema, acne, cold sores, and allergies. It is also one of the hardest, but you can do it.
Fill your plates with vegetables and leafy greens, lean meats, nuts and seeds, olives, olive and coconut oil, and some fruit. Try this method for all of your meals for two weeks and discover the difference. You will likely also notice your clothing becoming much baggier!