If you’re one of the nearly 32 million people who suffer from eczema, you will probably do almost anything to get rid of the red, patchy, itchy skin. While topical steroids can make it better (there’s no cure for it completely), they can cause undesirable side effects. Plus, you can’t use topical steroids long-term, so if your eczema is chronic, you may find yourself in a cycle of improved skin while you’re using the medication and then back to square one once you stop.
There are some lifestyle changes that can help provide relief for eczema, including changing your diet (more fruits and vegetables; less animal protein), using dye- and fragrance-free products, and reducing stress. Keeping your skin well hydrated is another way to decrease eczema flare-ups and severity.
In addition, the following natural remedies may help ease your eczema symptoms:
1. Coconut oil
According to the National Eczema Association, more than 90% of people with eczema have colonized (when bacteria are present but not causing an infection) staph bacteria on their skin or in their nose. It’s unclear exactly how the bacteria and eczema are linked.
2. Fish oil
In a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, patients with eczema were given either 5.7g of omega-3 supplements or placebos daily for eight weeks. By the end of the trial, the people who were using the supplements had significant clinical improvement in eczema symptoms.
Acupuncture is an ancient healing art that originated in China thousands of years ago. During acupuncture, thin needles are inserted through the skin at strategic points on the body to alter the flow of energy. “In traditional Chinese medicine, eczema is often considered a condition of excess ‘heat’ in the body.
4. Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera is a good choice if you’re looking for a topical to help cool the “fire” of eczema. “Aloe is well known to calm inflammation on the area it is applied”. Aloe vera, which you can get directly from the leaf of an aloe plant or as a gel or juice from a health store or supermarket, has a cooling effect and helps soothe tender skin. It won’t clear eczema completely, but it can provide temporary relief of the itching and pain.
5. Wet wraps
Even if you don’t have weeping eczema, wet wraps, without the witch hazel, can be beneficial. A study published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology found that wet wrapping helped to relieve itching and repair the epidermal barrier (the outermost layer of the skin) in patients with severe eczema. Another 2014 study is that children with mild, moderate, and severe cases of eczema had an average of 71% improvement in symptoms when they were treated with in-patient wet wrapping therapy.
Source: Wellness Mama