Last Modified on Apr 06, 2015
What Is Eczema?
Eczema, or dermatitis, is an irritation of the skin and is associated with a number of unpleasant symptoms such as redness, swelling, itching, dryness, crusting, and flaking; and in severe cases there can be blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding skin. Eczema is a very common condition, occuring in about 1-2% of adults and as much as 20% of children! Being very itchy, this skin condition can be distracting physically as well as causing embarrassment if the skin blemishes are visible, or even leave scars from excessive scratching.
It is currently unknown what causes eczema, but there is a hypothesis (the hygiene hypothesis1) that exposure to bacteria is important during developing childhood years, and keeping children in overly sterile environments could increase the risk of allergies, asthma, and eczema. There is also a high rate of eczema seen in celiac sufferers vs. people without celiac disease, suggesting there is a genetic link for eczema. Additionally, stress and environmental factors are currently being explored as possible causes of eczema. Currently, a cure for eczema has not been recognized by modern medicine.
Natural Cures for Eczema!
Here at Earth Clinic, our readers have reported successful results with many natural remedies for eczema. Our most popular natural cure for eczema is apple cider vinegar, but great results have also been reported from the use of coconut oil, honey, and the 3 day apple fast. Below are some of the best home remedies to cure eczema and contact dermatitis. No remedy is successful with everyone, so please let us know if you have had any luck curing your eczema with natural home remedies!
2Novel Antibacterial and Emollient Effects of Coconut and Virgin Olive Oils in Adult Atopic Dermatitis
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[YEA] I have occasional flare ups with eczema, mostly because I eat and drink too much of stuff I shouldn't and because of the weather (usually really hot or cold). I have found for me that the one thing that really helps me calm these breakouts down is 10% sulfur soap and sulfur ointment, both of which can be found on the internet. As you could imagine it smells a little bit, but I've never had anybody say anything to me about it and my wife says she can only smell it if she gets really close to me.
I don't know if you should use it if you ever get to the open sore phase, but ever since I started using it when I noticed the beginning of break outs I've never got to the open sore phase again. I also use ACV, coconut oil, and turmeric and that seems to help as well. Hope this info helps. I thought I should post about it since I didn't see it as one of the many potential remedies.
-Eczema sufferer since 2012
[YEA] After being diagnosed with IBS and perioral dermatitis I knew I had to make a change. I did my research and talked to a few people at the health food stores and then added probiotic acidophilus to my diet. The first week I took 2 times the recommended amount, the second week I cut it down the recommended amount and then have stayed on that amount rather well the past 10 years. It has fixed all the problems with my skin as well as my digestinal tract. All the diseases of the body start in the stomach and colon, the acidophilus either in capsule form or yogurt help correct this imbalance. By fixing the imbalance, everything else falls in line. My skin is beautiful now. I would recommend this to any one suffering from any skin lesions and digestive problems.
Replied by Jeff
Detroit Metro, Michigan Usa