Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is one of the most commonly diagnosed skin condition. From the Greek meaning ‘to boil over’ it characteristically an inflamed, hot itchy rash that is also known as the ‘rash that itches’ and it drive you to scratch like a dog with fleas. At times it can be dry, wet, inclusive of welts or pustules not every patient is a ‘text book’ case. The important thing is to come to terms with what is causing the problem in the first place not just look at the symptoms. Most people in a desperate state to get rid of the itch look at the factors that aggravate the problem then make an effort to eliminate those items; for example, detergents or soaps, certain foods or materials on the skin. Controlling the external environment can indeed to help alleviate the symptoms and provide some temporary relief but it ultimately does not solve the problem. The other frequently used approach is to suppress the rash and itch by way of pharmaceuticals – steroids internally or externally, also antihistamine has a place where there is an allergy (histamine reaction). This tactic also provides temporary relief but it is suppressive at best, which means to eczema is driven inwards but is still there under the surface and more often than not returns after use of the medication. The only way to cure eczema is to identify the root of the problem.
Let’s look at some of the factors that can cause or trigger eczema:-
Heredity – Being atopic can run in the family. This means that there is a predisposition to hypersensitivity that results in a reaction in the skin (eczema) or lungs (asthma) even if there is not contact with an allergen.
Vaccination – Vaccination can sometimes overload the immune system with toxins resulting in eczema.
Medication – Pharmaceuticals can overload the liver, gut and kidneys. They also play havoc with the mineral balance of the body. The result being malabsorbtion of nutrients and comprimise of the elimination systems function.
Sluggish bowels – If the bowels are not working optimally then toxins are not released as they should be and come though the skin. Dehydration can be a culprate.
Lazy liver – Due to toxic overload, the liver can become lazy and toxins normally processed by a healthy liver starts to come through the skin.
Emotional Stress – Stress lowers the gut flora this in turn disrupts the function of the digestive system. Waste products, instead of passing through the correct channels can start to come through the skin.
Identifying the reason for the eczema will help to find the correct remedy to cure.
Stay tuned for The skin story part 3.