Comparing the different ways of curing eczema
As of the writing of this article a complete cure for eczema had not been found. One of the more compounding issues that surrounds treatment of eczema is the fact that eczema is rarely caused by a single isolated vector. Research has shown a direct link to eczema and the immune system. There are also ties to neurological conditions as well. Genetic and hereditary traits have also been suspected as a link to eczema. Perhaps one of the biggest contributors to eczema is allergens.
Curing Eczema – First The Diagnosis:
Curing eczema should begin with proper diagnosis. A Dermatologist is the best choice for properly diagnosing skin disorders. Treating eczema is problematic because the initiating vector or vectors are going to be different from patient-to-patient. Understanding the cause of eczema is critical for developing a plan of treatment. Properly diagnosing eczema allows the patient to choose the best method for applying a cure. Holistic or prescriptive, the plan of treatment begins with diagnosis.
Oatmeal: Oatmeal has long been recognized for its soothing properties. Oatmeal is a natural itch reliever. It has been used to help relieve itchy rashes such as poison oak. Itching is a common complaint of people who suffer from eczema.
Bathing: Because allergens are commonly associated with eczema, learning to bath properly can help to reduce occurrences of eczema. Switching to hypoallergenic products can be part of the steps used in curing eczema. Using warm water instead of hot water can also be helpful.
Hydration: curing eczema is complicated. Toxins that build up in the body may be a contributing factor in the onset of eczema. Drinking plenty of water can help reduce the build-up of toxins and thus may be a crucial part of curing eczema. Herbal teas such as oat-tea can also help detoxify the body.
Hydro-cortisone Emollient: This is a topical treatment that is formulated to reduce swelling, redness and itching that can be associated with eczema. With all medications, it is best to test the emollient on a small area of skin to see if you have an allergic reaction to it. Allergic reactions may cause exacerbation of eczema.
Steroids in general are often used to treat skin disorders. A concern about using steroids is that they often affect other parts of the body or have side-effects that void the benefits of using them as a treatment. A beneficial side to steroids is that they can often be applied directly to an effected area.
Antibiotics can be used in the short term to help prevent or cure a bacterial infection during an outbreak of eczema. There is a risk of bacterial infections anytime the skin is compromised.
Oral Antihistamines such as Benadryl can help to relieve itching and counter allergic reactions. Since eczema may be caused by allergens, an antihistamine may prove useful in reducing the effect of the allergic reaction and as a means to cure/prevent eczema.
Immunomodulators which are drugs that affect the immune system can be useful in cases of eczema where an over-active immune system may be part of the cause. These powerful drugs should be used in conjunction with medical advice as they have the power to reduce the affects of the immune systems. A weakened immune system can be dangerous.