By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC, and Maria Cummings
My 19-year-old son recently tried a deodorant that gave him a chemical burn under his armpits. He went to his doctor who told him that he now has eczema. Most people who have eczema have had it since they were babies but it can be brought on by chemicals, soaps, fragrances, food allergies, and deodorant as we have just learned in our home.
Eczema is an uncomfortable skin disorder that causes itchy, burning, cracked (sometimes to the point of bleeding), and blistered red skin. If eczema does not get under control, it can become severely uncomfortable and inflamed.
Symptoms of eczema are:
• Red, inflamed skin
• Intense itching
• Recurring rash
• Scaly areas
• Dry, sensitive skin
• Rough, leathery patches
• Oozing or crusting
• Swollen skin
• Discolored patches on skin
There are ways to control eczema, but first, one should highly consider that their diet which could be a trigger. Foods that you want to avoid if you have eczema are processed foods and additives, sugar because it increases inflammation which can stress the immune system, and fats especially non-essential fats like margarine that block healthy fats which promote healing. Therefore, eliminating fried food is necessary too. Dairy, eggs and gluten are high inflammatory foods too, so go ahead and take those off the menu too.
Healing often starts in the gut, but the results can show up on the skin. So, be conscious of what you are eating if you want to improve your eczema.
Now that we know the types of foods to eliminate, you should know what kinds of food are healing for eczema. Probiotic-rich foods such as water kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, and any fermented veggies are a great start because they help to keep the good bacteria in the gut healthy, building up the immune system. Homemade bone broth rich in gelatin is excellent for healing the gut and promoting healthy skin.
• Adding these top four supplements to your diet will help to get rid of eczema too. These supplements are probiotics, omega 3-fats, vitamin E and vitamin D.
• Treating the skin directly will also help soothe and get rid of red itchy eczema. You can try these natural remedies:
• Lavender and coconut oil mixed and then apply directly to the skin.
• Bathe in warm water with 1-2 cups of Epsom salt
1/2 cup of Dead Sea Salt
10-20 drops of soothing essential lavender oil, or myrrh, or geranium
If you are your child is struggling with eczema, why not try the natural route first? What is not to like about eating healthy and using natural homemade remedies? You do not have to suffer from eczema; you just need to know how to control it and you can Naturally! If you need further help in dealing with eczema, give our office a call.
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