The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.
Also known as atopic dermatitis. Usually associated with allergic tendancies-often
have hay fever and asthma. Often begins in infancy or childhood with red,
itching, oozing lesions. In older children and adults, dry skin predominates
with redness, itching, scaling and thickened skin areas. Runs in families.
Important to reduce food and environmental allergies. Common food allergies
in eczema include milk, eggs, chocolate, citrus, wheat and artificial colors.
Even inhaled allergens like house dust, pollens and animal dander can cause
eczema. Many people with eczema are worse when wearing synthetic fabrics,
leather and wool. There may also be problems with soap residues in clothing,
so wash with mild detergent and double rinse clothes. Long term breast
feeding of infants can help prevent eczema, especially in families who
are prone to it. Vitamin-mineral supplements should be used making sure
to get Vitamins A, B6,
C and E,
Evening Primrose Oil or Black Current Oil- taking these essential fatty
acid supplements may help to restore normal oil production.
Chamomile- shown in
a study to be very effective in reducing inflammation and itching of eczema.
Try a chamomile cream, ointment or lotion.
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