Child Eczema Symptoms and Cures
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Child Eczema Symptoms and Cures

Also known as dermatitis, eczema consists of red, itchy areas on the skin, plus blisters, weeping sores and the loss of dry skin scales. Several varieties exist, reacting to at least one irritant. Emotional factors aggravate the condition, especially childhood eczema, which is linked with atopic (allergy-related) conditions such as asthma, hay fever, and urticaria (nettle rash or hives).
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Also known as dermatitis, eczema consists of red, itchy areas on the skin, plus blisters, weeping sores and the loss of dry skin scales. Several varieties exist, reacting to at least one irritant. Emotional factors aggravate the condition, especially childhood eczema, which is linked with atopic (allergy-related) conditions such as asthma, hay fever, and urticaria (nettle rash or hives).

Symptoms

  • Red, dry, cracked skin
  • Clusters of blisters that break down and weep yellow fluid
  • Crusty scabs following blisters
  • Severe itching
  • Atopic eczema is commonly found in elbows, knees, and around the neck
  • Contact eczema is usually due to metals in jewelry

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Cures

Naturopathy

Recommendations will include following a whole food diet, and taking exercise to increase the flow of oxygen to the skin's surface and provide an outlet for negative emotions and tension. Hydrotherapy for bathing affected areas, in addition to poultices and compresses, may be recommended for their own sake and to deliver other remedies. Acupuncture may be recommended to boost the immune system.

Vitamins and Minerals

Whole-foods rich in all the antioxidants and cis-linoleic acid are emphasized, possibly following a carefully monitored exclusion diet to identify and eliminate personal allergens (for older children). A broad selection of fresh, preferably organic fruit and vegetables and their juices would be recommended, including many eaten raw as salads; cold-pressed vegetable oils and their products (for cis-linoleic acid); wheat-germ; and unrefined whole-wheat breads and cereals for vitamin E.

Specific supplements include zinc, beta-carotene, vitamin B-complex, vitamin C with bioflavonoids and vitamin E. Vitamins A, C, and E are especially appropriate, because they decrease the permeability of cell walls (as do cis-linoleic acid), thereby keeping out many potential allergens. Evening primrose oil is a rich source of gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) into which cis-linoleic is transformed after absorption. For a variety of reasons associated with our modern diet and lifestyle, we lose some of our facility for making this conversion, and supplying GLA directly helps to ensure that the final products of this pathway - the much needed prostaglandins E-1 - are still manufactured in adequate amounts.

Herbal Medicine

Evening primrose oil is most effective when taken orally or applied directly to the lesions. Medical herbalists recommend foot and hand baths, twice daily, made from a handful of each of the following added to 1 3/4 pints (1 liter) of water: elecampane leaves and flowers, celandine leaves, artichoke leaves and cabbage leaves.

Aromatherapy

Foot and hand baths, poultices or compresses can be applied as appropriate to the area of the body affected with eczema, using Borneo camphor or chamomile essential oils. Or make up this therapeutic oil and apply twice daily: 2-3 drops of either of the aforementioned, or of cedarwood or niaouli essence, mixed with 2 teaspoons (10 ml) soy and 2-3 drops of wheat-germ or pure vitamin E oil.

Homeopathy

Take remedies 4 times a day for up to 14 days: Graphite 6c for eczema that mainly affects the palms and the areas behind the areas, oozing a honey-like discharge; Alumina 6c for dry and itchy skin, and when the child is constipated; and Sulphur 6c when skin is dry, red, rough, and itchy, aggravated by heat and washing, especially if the child has diarrhea which is worse in the morning.

Medical Treatment

Bath preparations and soap substitutes moisturize skin and allay itching. Steroid creams and ointments of various strengths relieve symptoms and encourage affected areas to heal. Evening primrose oil has been shown to be so effective in treating childhood eczema that it has for some years held a product license under the name Epogam, allowing it to be prescribed on the NHS like any other officially recognized medicine.

Prevention

  • Identify and avoid your child's personal eczema triggers - e.g. soap, detergent used for nappies or clothes, play-paint or shampoo
  • Take measures to reduce stress if applicable
  • Keep the skin well lubricated with suitable oils and creams
  • Give your child an evening primrose oil supplement

Caution

Seek urgent medical advice

  • If eczema seems infected
  • If it spreads rapidly, bleeds or is painful
  • If your child has a high fever and/or is severely distressed with eczema

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Comments (3)

Great info, I used to have a little girl in my Girl Scout troop that ecxema, I used to feel so sorry for her.

Yes, great. Voted up.

Great info... thanks for sharing

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