Atopic Dermatitis or Atopic Eczema is a long-lasting skin condition that makes it red and itchy. It mostly occurs with children but even adults can have it too.
At present, there is no known cure for this skin condition but there are a lot of natural remedies one can apply to help subside the irritation and prevent possible future outbreaks. Prior to learning what these remedies are, it is best to understand first what exactly Atopic Dermatitis is.
Understanding Atopic Dermatitis
Taking its name after ‘atopy’, Atopic Dermatitis is an inherited condition wherein a person can develop multiple allergies resulting to a variety of allergic disorders. Those who experience this condition are most often seen with asthma, food allergies and even onset of fever. Without proper treatment, one can infect another, especially if living in the same house.
Although it is considered as an allergic disorder, it doesn’t translate to the condition to being an allergic reaction itself. The main cause of it is unknown but studies have shown that it appears to be related to having overly sensitive or malfunctioning immune system.
It can further worsen due to a variety of factors such as food, temperature, stress or even simply because of clothes being worn. Statistics shows that it currently affects two out of ten children and one in every ten adults in the United Kingdom alone.
So how does one identify with having Atopic Dermatitis or Atopic Eczema?
Symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis
Atopic Eczema or Atopic dermatitis are most commonly found in children less than five years of age. For infants, it is easily identified by having red inflamed cheeks that tend to become sore, that continues to spread to different parts of the body, such as behind the knees, elbows and even neck fold.
At first, it might seem like a rash so it is best to have infants checked early by general physicians when such rashes are found in diaper areas and scalp before it even spread to other larger extremities of the body.
At first glance, the rash might look flaky and dry, so there is a tendency for a child to become uncomfortable and cry, especially in infants or do a lot of scratching. Unlike ordinary itch, the more inflamed the skin, the itchier it becomes and even results to blisters.
Often, it also results to cracking or crushing of a secondary infection. With this, some skin has a tendency to have a thick and leathery feel. Also, the skin of those with Eczema, tend to have lost moisture, making it dry and even more susceptible to irritant contact, leading to a lot of other skin diseases.
Getting a Diagnosis
The most effective way of having a diagnosis is by getting a medical consultation from a general dermatologist or head physician, should you start having symptoms such as itchiness, inflamed skin, soreness, asthma, and even developing food allergies, and other allergic reaction.
The doctor would ask you about your stress, your environment, and even the type of soaps that you use and history of such condition such as when it started occurring. It might take more than one or two trips to the doctor’s office to properly rule out other possible problems. There is no specific test to identify Eczema, but the doctor can recommend allergy testing to find out what triggers the condition.
When you go to your doctor, make sure to ask whether or not you need to take a prescription drug, and what new things you can try to help prevent future occurrence of Eczema. It is very important to ask as many questions that you may have to have
It is very important to ask as many questions that you may have to have the better understanding of what you are going through and how you can move forward from there. Make sure to also ask at what point you should require medical help when having Eczema.
Natural Treatment for Atopic Dermatitis or Eczema
When you start having Eczema as a child, you might notice that it tend to subside as you grow older, but it doesn’t mean that it no longer need any treatment. There may not be any cure for Eczema, but there are many effective ways known to help alleviate the symptoms and prevent a possible outbreak.
Here are some of them:
1.Evening Primrose Oil- Studies have shown that going to bed after applying the oil could result to less itchiness and irritation.
2.Deep-sea Water- Aside from giving you soft and smooth skin, drinking this restores the mineral imbalance in your body that is caused by Eczema.
3.Vitamin D and E supplements – Studies have revealed that taking such supplement help your body become stronger and fight off the effect of Eczema. It is best to take them on a daily basis as it helps to boost one’s immune system.
4.Fish Oil Supplementation– Not only is fish oil good for the heart but when taken by a pregnant woman, it helps decrease the possibility of the infant developing atopic dermatitis.
5.Kimchi- The beloved Korean side dish is also known for alleviating the allergen-induced skin inflammation. This can also be stored for a long time in the refrigerator, so no need to worry about
6.Anti-itch cream- Upon visiting the doctor’s office, you can ask for a prescription of corticosteroid cream or ointment to help relieve the itchiness. Be sure to ask the proper amount per application as too much of it can cause further irritation or discoloration.
7.Skin Repair Cream- There is a drug called calcineurin inhibitors — such as tacrolimus (Protopic) and pimecrolimus (Elidel) that help maintain a normal skin condition. It is a prescription-only drug so it is best to consult your doctor prior to using it.
8.Counseling- Since stress can also trigger the onset of Eczema, talking to a professional to handle emotional stress can be a big help. It is best to do this with children as they have higher tendencies of having emotional outbreaks and the uncontrollable desire to scratch themselves.
9.Borage Oil- Place borage oil in your skin prior to wearing your undershirt as studies have shown it has decreased the number of those experiencing Eczema onset.
10.Blackcurrant Seed Oil- The use of this oil in infant transiently reduces the onset of Eczema in newborns. It is also rich in vitamin C that makes for a better, stronger immune system.
11.Oat and Rice Colloidal grain suspensions- are known to effectively reduce the symptoms of Eczema with children under two years of age.
12.Omega 3- Fatty Acids- Recommended for women in pregnancy to reduce the possibility of the infant developing the skin condition, during breastfeeding.
13.Exclusive Breast Feeding- It gives the infant nutrients needed by the body to have a strong immune system, and have shown that those infants exclusively breastfed had least tendencies of acquiring Eczema as they grow.
14.Colloidal Oatmeal- This helps prevent the onset of the disease and is currently being used as a moisturizer that is applied on affected skin to prevent itchiness. Aside from Eczema, it is also a known treatment for chickenpox, diaper rash, and other minor inflammation.
15.Probiotic Supplementation- This assist in stabilizing a child’s intestine and decrease gastrointestinal syndrome for children with atopic Eczema. It also aids in digestion hence, also preventing the onset of stomach-related diseases.
16.The Dead Sea Salt Bath- It removes dirty skin and at the same time improve the skin’s barrier function against such condition. The plus side of doing this is that it also help you to relax and even give your skin a smooth and radiant glow.
17.White Rose Petal Extract- This fragrance contains anti-allergic and anti-atopic properties. It also contains Vitamin C that helps to boost one’s immune system.
18.Regular Skin Hydration- Since those with Eczema has less moisture in the body, it is best to keep it regularly hydrated using the warm bath for at least fifteen to twenty minutes a day.
19.Korean Soybean Food- This Korean fermented dish has an anti-inflammatory value that could help decrease symptoms of the skin condition.
20.Fermented whey and protein- Similar to Korean soybean, this also contains a therapeutic value in helping to prevent inflammation of the skin.
The Bottom Line
Atopic Dermatitis or Eczema may not be permanently eradicated but it can be managed so that it can create minimal to no inconvenience to the body. Having the said condition doesn’t mean that a person can no longer function normally in the society.
It is nothing to be ashamed of and must be managed well not only so future onset won’t occur again but also to help not spreading it to other people.
Having to look after your skin because of the condition should be part of your daily routine. The first thing to do is to consult a physician to get a proper diagnosis and even an allergy test so that you will know what conditions you need to avoid, whether it be food or emotional stress. Afterward, continue to moisturize your skin and try to apply some of the natural known treatments above.
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