Natural Remedies

10 Natural Remedies for Eczema

Niacinimade Powder, Vitamin E

Posted by Chammo (Bimingham, West Midlands, UK) on 12/08/2009
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I had eczema when I was 1 years old, it cleared when I was 5. It started again when I was about 11 and I have had it since. At the moment its on my arms, face, behind my knee joints, on my chest, neck and part of my back. I have been oil pulling three times for the past two days, today I read about the Apple Cider Vinegar applied topically, I have just had a shower and put the ACV on my chest, arms, face and behind the knee joints. It was itching awfully but I clenched my fist and th eitch went away after about 10-15 seconds.

Please can you tell me if what I am doing it right and how to cure my eczema and the scars. At the beginning of the year, I made my own cream. I used Niacinamide powder, mixed with a little bit of water, I added vitamin E, afew drops of rosehip oil and added my daily moisturiser. That helped my skin alot. I am going to order all the products again.

I also tried covering my body in normal yoghurt, then washing it in tepid water after it had dried, about half an hour, this was to be done for a week and then i had to apply malt vineger, but I was abit worried in case the vinegar scarred my skin.

Please can you urgently advise.

Replied by Deepak
Nagpur, Maharashtra

Use 50:50 ratio of neem oil and mustard oil massage on infected area of eczema within 15days you will get new skin and there is no itching after application.

Ocean Water

Posted by Dana (Orlando, Fl) on 08/04/2011
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I have been suffering with eczema for 9 months on my hands. It's very painful and embarrassing. This past weekend, I went away to the beach and realized after the third day my hands were healing. I also stopped drinking tap water and started drinking bottled or kangen water. After I arrived home from beach, my hands flared up again after one day so I decided to drive back over to beach and get a gallon of the ocean water and rub on my hands before I go to bed. I have put ocean water on my hand for 5 days now and there are no open cracks or pain in my hands, especially the itching. I wanted to share my story because I am hoping this will help others.

Replied by Jackie
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I suffer from eczema on my hands and feet and whenever I go to the seaside, if I put my hands and feet in the water, it takes my eczema away as well. I can't wait to go back as I have had a flare up again.

Posted by Doug (Cucamonga, Ca, Usa) on 10/08/2009
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I have had a large patch of eczema on the back of my leg for about 10 years. Sometimes it doesn't itch much, other times it itches so bad that I scratch it until it's raw. I have tried a number of topical treatments, all of which helped...but none of which were able to cure it completely. So finally, after 10 years, it's gone! And what, you ask, is the reason? Ocean water. Several months ago I went to a 2 week training in San Diego and noticed that after snorkeling a handful of times in my spare time, the itch was lessened and the skin on the back of my knee felt softer. I loved snorkeling (not for eczema reduction, but simply because I enjoyed it) and I recently decided to get Scuba certified. After a dive I would notice, like with snorkeling, that the itch was lessened and the skin on the back of my knee felt softer. Well, over the past 2 months I have done about 15 dives and the eczema is gone! Ten years of various natural and unnatural salves/creams/pastes couldn't fix what the ocean could after only several "treatments".

It's worth noting that (I believe) one would have to actually go to the ocean and be in the water to get the benifits. That is, I do not believe mixing salt and water would work. Nor do I believe you could bring home some ocean water and apply it and get the same results. It is my belief that the ocean water needs to be "alive". Meaning, it needs to be full of all the bacteria/microorganisms/fresh plant particles etc. that are present in the water's natural state. I realise that not all eczema sufferers live on the coast, so for many sufferers this may not be helpful info--but for eczema sufferers living near the beach, they would be well advised to take make as many beach trips as could very well be the miracle cure they're looking for.

Also, I had the thought that maybe fresh "ocean" water from a salt-water aquarium could be effective. Since, in the aquarium, the water contains many of the same bacteria etc. that would be found in the natural ocean it seems at least possible that this water could be used to treat eczema (i.e. dipping a cloth in the tank and applying it to the affected area. In theory, at least, this seems more likely to be successful than, say, transporting ocean water from the beach since many of the living organisms in the water will be unable to survive for more than a couple of hours.


Replied by Rob
Manhattan, New York

Hi Doug, good to hear you found a cure... I have a friend with severe Psoriatic Arthritis and for him the only really effective treatment is a trip to the Dead Sea. He said buying the bath salts just didn't do it. I wonder if it could be a combination of the sun and sea water and stress relief. Tout ensemble!

Replied by Jim
Ipswich, Sd Usa
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Hey Doug, I suffer from eczema on my ankles, when I went in the Navy I snorkeled often. I noticed the seawater and sun would clear my eczema right away. I try using a tanning bed now and it helps, but the combination sun and seawater worked well. The ACV stops the itch for now till I can get back to the sea.

Replied by Bunny
Santa Ana, Ca

Any time you have a skin issue that improves in the sun it could indicate an inability to produce enough fumaric acid. A doctor can test for it. I'ts a genetic glitch, so you will need to supplement forever if this is the problem.

Oil Pulling

Posted by Tricia (Astoria, NY) on 09/29/2006
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I have been pulling since july 06 with sesame and safflower oils. I just love the sesame because it tastes like halvah to me. My skin on the top of my right foot was covered with eczema and it was itchy and inflamed constantly. It is still discolored from all the abuse it received from me. The wonderful result though is the inflammation has subsided. I am noticing new skin growing back slowly. It is thrilling to know that this harmless protocol is helping this painful debilitating disease that orthodox meds cannot heal. Peace and Health to all.

Olive Oil

Posted by Baj (Cincinnati, Oh) on 03/17/2013
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Really bad 17 months, five doctors. Skin on back of neck would tear if I tried to look left or right at stop sign. Skin on lateral shoulders, front, and around scapula on back... Torn and could lay on them. Entire neck, shoulders down to almost bust, dark pink to red. During flare up, usually at night, skin around neck and shoulders would lose fat underneath, be extra tough, red, bleeding in areas, sore, unusalbe, unable to sleep.

Original start was left eye... Lid, underneath... Diagnosed with eczema. Later research said can go to cellulitus, which can get serious, as if the ezcema and allergic flare ups were not bad enough. Later it was both legs, both hips, buttocks, forearms, left inner elbow... Unusable, would tear if I straightened it. Area as big as all my fingers put together. Finally at 2am on Friday night... Saw cellulitis spreading... From hips up to under arms, especially right side. Checked to see when urgent care opened next am.

They gave me two shots... Benedryl and a cortisone. Nose swab for staph, ie cellulitis, 3 days for results, pending Scripts for anti itch atarax, ranradine to keep stomach calm and to ensure drugs stay down, Clindamycin 300 mg every 8 hours. Here was a big miss by other docs... They didn't hit me with antitbiotics at all, or when they did, not hard enough.. ie only 12 hours, now I set alarm and take one during night... Never miss too much with the timing of your antibiotics. HUGE natural help...

Stopped all fish oil, no flax etc. Instead started on 2 plus tablespoons of EXTRA VIRGIN olive oil, make sure some is before bed. My research... Extra virgin has phenols and nitric oxide no. This stopped my flare-ups in their tracks and I was able to sleep comfortably, nightime dose of antibiotics aside. Other benefits... Before flare up my body would start revving up... like a profuse pounding pulse, building, sometimes bp would go up, wold wake me up rather suddenly.... Then the flare up... intense bursts of itch, burn, resulting in skin losing good attractive fat around upper chest, shoulders, locked into not moving head from side to side, or bending left elbow. All this stopped in its tracks after eating two tablespoons... This is your bigger measuring spoon, plus I was even getting profuse pain around heart and this stopped. All stopped dead cold in its tracks. Fast too, difference in hours to max of two days.

Keeping it going though. Eating it straight for now, awful, but will incorporate into soups, bread, meat marinade as I get time to. Look it up.. Cannot eat bread right now anyway, eating like a caveman, fruit, meat, no fried no breaded, vegetables, egg and chocolate are ok. Added potato back in tonight, ok. Rice is now ok too. Allergist got me off topical steriods which were only thinning skin and causing rebound effect. Gave me list of two product lines... Vani and free and clear. The skin LOVES vaniclear OINMENT. I cover it with that, then the vaniclear lotion which allows the ointment to stay in place longer. Had to dilute hydrogen peroxide with water to clean areas. Oldly but goody, right at grocery. Use free and clear shampoo, good, but use olive oil mister on my very long hair, on off days, every other wash. Allergy tests showed issues with some product ingedients of commerical shampoo and rinse.. But not hair color, dark blonde. Ditto nickel, bactrim topicals, carba mix, mdgn and all derivatives there of... Reactions.

I will never take fish oil or flax or tons of the POLYunstaurates again. The olive oil has the proper mix of mono to polyunsaturates. Also huge well documented research on reducing imflammation, anti oxidant (think anti rust), relaxes miles and miles of blood vessels via the nitric oxide... Anyone familiar with nitroglycerin tablets for unrelenting chest pain? Same idea except natural, can take your dose your timing, your comfort level on the extrz virgin olive oil. The extra virgin is the first press of the olive, therefore with the bigger part of the real nutrition... The phenols and nitric oxide... See wikepedia, etc. NO named moecule of the year in 1992. Also studies show anti cancer benefits. So knock out you flare ups and put off cadiovascular issues and reduce risk of cancer. I highly recommend extra virgin olive oil. It has kept the nightime flare ups... And remember we burn fat at night because we are not eating. Also keeping daytime flare ups stopped dead.... As I take the other of the two tablespoons during the day. Able to cut back nibbling alot, actually lost a bit of weight. 150 pound female in 50s, so adjust your dose accordingly.

Posted by Felirose (Destin, Florida) on 01/12/2010
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Olive Oil Helped my Eczema

I've had eczema for several years now. Originally, I was told that it was ringworm, so I tried putting Apple Cider Vinegar on it (that was not organic - it was the brown/amber color it was supposed to be, but was diluted, a generic store brand). That only made it much, much worse.

After getting a second opinion, I was told it was eczema and put on 0.05% steroid cream. It helps a ton, but is expensive...

So I started using Olive Oil. I filled the bathtub up with hot water, and put about a 1/8 cup (perhaps a little less - you do not need much at all) of Extra Virgin Olive Oil in it. Then I just relaxed in the bathtub for an hour or so. I also put a 1/4 cup of epsom salt in there, to help me relax.

After I got out, I patted myself dry with a terrycloth towel (be careful getting out of the tub - and don't towel dry like normal, because you'll rub the oil off your body) and got dressed. My Eczema looked much better, not to mention, my entire body felt like silk!

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, France

Nice to read that someone else also uses olive oil in the bath water.... Due to the age my skin is a lot drier and nothing seemed to help. I am now using olive oil but I wonder whether it really works. When I get out my skin is very moist but then during the night if I wake up I start noticing that my hands are very dry. Does the olive oil only work on the surface?

Replied by Ann Rose
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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I used olive oil as a lotion directly on my eczema. The first time it was like my skin gave a sigh of relief. Everyday the patch got smaller and smaller until it was gone within about 2 weeks. Now I use olive oil and grape seed oils as moisturizers and haven't had any eczema for over a year, even though we just got through one of our worst winters ever.

Replied by Elskbrev
Oconomowoc, Wi

Your eczema that was misdiagnosed as ringworm was most probably "numular eczema. " I get that occasionally, and only when I eat tree nuts. From time of ingestion of tree nuts to appearance of my numular eczema is about two weeks. This eczema usually starts with a whitehead type postule, then becomes a round flat lesion that may grow to the size of a dime before it starts to fade away, all on its own. Mine never itch. It is predictably six weeks from time of ingestion of tree nuts to time the lesion self resolves (disappears) on its own without treatment. I have not found any treatment that makes any difference. Will report back if anything I try based on tips from this site works for me. For now, I avoid eating tree nuts to avoid getting this eczema. Will actually have to intentionally eat tree nuts as if to induce a breakout to find out if some cures work. by the way, a physician did once give a quick glance at my eczema and call it ringworm, but at that time, I already knew what it was, so I corrected him. Many images Of numular eczema are easily found online.

Omega 7 Oil

Posted by Larry (Fairfax, Va) on 04/05/2015

I've read reports that Omega 7 oil relieves eczema. Has anyone on this site found Omega 7 oil useful for controlling eczema?

A few days ago, I began taking 2x500 mg caps. in am & pm of the Omega 7 in the form of an oil extract from the plant, Sea Buckthorn. I will report back on my progress within a week or so.

Oolong Tea

Posted by Larry (Fairfax, Va/USA) on 01/31/2013

I've read that drinking oolong tea helps alleviate eczema. Does anyone have experience using this tea for their eczema?

Replied by Neukoln
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
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I get eczema. Everyone is different, and what may not work for me may be fabulous for you. But I can't tolerate Oolong tea. It makes the skin on my face red and greasy and lumpy. It may be a cleansing reaction. But I had to stop drinking it because it made me look awful. My eczema isn't on my face (behind knees, mainly) - and I don't think I had a case of eczema when I tried the Oolong tea, so I can't comment on whether it helped eczema or not.

I drank it strong - steeped for 5 minutes, as suggested. And the redness/oiliness got progressively worse over several days. I think I had to stop on the 5th day because of the redness and greasiness of my facial skin.

I don't have this response to green tea, which I drink daily, and also take as a powder stirred into hot water. Both are Camellia sinensis. So it is clearly something unique about the double (or is it triple?) fermentation of Oolong.

Don't let it put you off trying it. It's a very healthful tea. I'm just sharing that it caused me problems with the skin on my face.

Oregano Oil

Posted by Suzanne (Kansas City, Mo, Usa) on 09/29/2009
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On the subject of Eczema - I have been giving my teen Oil of Oregano in capsules (one in the morning and one at night) to help with her Eczema; this has helped trememdously with the itching and some of the redness. We have tried the cortizone cremes from the doctors and that did not help her at all. I've been reading here today on the suggstions of using Apple Cider Vinegar and plan to try that. I can remember as a small child my grandma taking vinegar to help with her ailments so maybe there is something to this.

As a side note I personally am taking the oregano capsules as well for sinus relief (have been for three years). I used to have a large problem with my sinus passages closing up when I laid down for the evening. I was taking a ton of OTC medications to just be able to go to sleep. I started taking this after reading up about the many health issues that are related to what is in our blood stream and that this herb can help with this. I do belive that this herb has helped us a lot.

Oregano Oil, Tea Tree Oil

Posted by Sabita (Orlando, Florida, Usa) on 08/22/2011
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I used 2 capsule of Oil of Oregano in the morning and at night and I also rubbed Tea Tree Oil 2 to 3 times a day. While I was doing this, I juiced and also ate a lot of salads and cooked vegetables mainly.


Posted by Larry (Fairfax, Va, USA) on 03/23/2013

To overcome eczema caused by presence of acetaaldehyde in body as a result of too quick die off of candida fungus, I understand it can be broken down w/ either or both molybdenum or pantethine. I understand molybdenum can cause certain types of anemia, but is pantethine relatively safe? One earth clinic poster mentioned having a very adverse affect with pantethine, but did not give details. Has anyone experience with using pantethine for eczema? Thanks.

Parasite Connection

Posted by DL (LA) on 09/04/2019
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In my long search to find a cure for the eczema (atopic dermatitis) issue on the top of my foot which seems to get worse each summer (flares with heat), I came across this article today as I was searching to see if I could find any articles on parasites causing atopic dermatitis. Voila, check this out. A case of atopic dermatitis caused by Ascaris lumbricoides infection

Here are the pics after the teenager was treated for the parasites.

I have decided to embark on a celery juice cleanse first thing in the morning followed 30 minutes later by parasite-killing herbs using humaworm supplements (best on the market in my opinion). I am on day 3 of 16 ounces of fresh celery juice and day 2 of the humaworm. Will let you know if there's any progress. Taking pics. It's definitely flared and brought things to the surface since I started. Celery juice detox effects intense for an hour or two after drinking it -- headache and some brain fog! Also, not as carb hungry as usual, so I am losing a pound here and then. Later in the day after the side effects wear off, am feeling very energized and productive.

Replied by lioness

Hi, I had some kind of eczema/dermatitis off and on this summer on a different finger at different times. I've had this kind of dermatitis before but this summer it was worse and the itch was really super annoying. Nothing helped it until I remembered a remedy that I heard a naturopathic doctor talk about for poison ivy. That remedy is: - rub sea salt (dry or slightly damp) into the blisters (they will break) - rinse with water - final rinse with hydrogen peroxide poured from bottle - keep uncovered - will dry out and - will not spread. I did everything but the hydrogen peroxide rinse each time. The itch was gone immediately, it dried out and healed. It's the only thing I tried that worked You may have something similar?


Hi Lioness,

Thank you so much for the sea salt and peroxide remedy. Sounds fabulous. I will absolutely give it a try! I have just added a generic OTC anti-fungal cream application to spots on the foot (in addition to celery juice and parasite herbs) as the eczema has gone bonkers in the high CA heat the past week. The anti-fungal cream is one thing I haven't tried on eczema spots yet (and I have tried well over 20 remedies by now) so I thought I would try that approach. The current 3 remedies (celery juice, parasite cleansing herbs and OTC) appear to be helping, but I've had remedies like thyme oil and iodine completely clear up the spots only for them to end up reappearing after a week and spreading to a larger area on the foot! Appreciate your suggestion, thanks again. I will let you know how it goes when I try it!

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What you are describing regarding the iodine combo is a rebound effect from stopping the applications too soon or too abruptly. This is similar to a topical steroid rebound and generally indicates that you should taper off gradually over an extended period of time so the body does not mount such a strong inflammatory response once the iodine and all have cleared you. It doesn't matter what clears you, but tapering off gradually seems like one way to go.


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Hi Art!

Thank you so much for your post. Yes, you're right.. I stopped some of the treatments without tapering off, except in the case of the thyme oil... that just stopped being effective one day. Good news to report -- my new protocol seems to be working well. 90% healed in a week. I have been documenting it with photos. I will be sure to taper off very slowly. I don't know if it was the Antifungal (Lotrimin -- lotrimazole cream -- turned out to be better than the generic cream), 16 oz of celery juice on an empty or the humaworm parasite killing supplements, but on day 5, everything started to get better after going gangbusters. Seems to spread once the outside temperature hits 85F, by the way. Currently no itch and everything healing very nicely. Just found a post from Kyle from Bangkok a few posts down on this page... seems to report good results for dyshidrotic eczema on his hands after doing an athlete's foot protocol to kill fungus. Too bad I didn't notice this post before! That's why it pays to read every post in an ailment... some of the good ones are buried!

Peppermint, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus Oils

Posted by Thankfullyitsnotworse (Nj) on 01/06/2018
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After having a pretty bad bout of poison ivy on my arms, I was prescribed a steroid cream. Shortly after that my hands started breaking out with what I thought was still poison ivy that was still on my boots or other items I may have touched after. Eventually I got to the point where I wasn't sure if it was in fact still poison ivy on my hands. Long story short, I went to two different dermatologists. One said it was probably Granuloma Annulare while they other said it was probably Eczema. Both agreed, however that it wasn't poison ivy and that it was probably caused from my skin being compromised (i.e. good bacteria) on my hands. I used to use a lot of hand sanitizer and wash my hands a lot because of the type of job I have. Anyway, after using their creams that they prescribed, getting good results at first and then my condition getting worse (mind you, one dermatologist actually prescribe a cream that had alcohol in it- go figure right), I decided to go natural and with the mind state that I had to rebuild my skin on my hands.

What I came up with was a mixture of oils that have both restorative and anti-fungal/bacterial properties as well as a new method for my hand washing.

First, the oil mixture which I have gotten the best results thus far over anything I have tried is 1 Tablespoon of unrefined coconut oil to 10 drops of peppermint oil, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil. Make sure the coconut oil is liquefied so you can mix all the oils evenly together. The best way to apply seems to be running my hands under warm to hot water (seems to relieve any itch for a few hours or so and opens up your pores so the oils are better absorbed) gently dry, and then gently rub in the oil mixture on the affected areas and around (a little goes a long way). It may be a little “greasy” at first, but it will absorb and some will wipe off on its on.

I do this right before I leave for work and then right before bed (keeping my hands from rubbing the oils off on covers as much as possible). I even found that the more you can apply this oil mixture or the longer you keep it on, the better results.

Also, now when I wash my hands I don't go as crazy and stick to washing the parts of my hands that will actually touch something (i.e. the underside of my fingers). Remember the key here is to rebuild your skin and take care of any bacteria or the like they may have your hands reacting the way that it has.

Am I completely cured, not yet, but my hands have improved tremendously. This has been the best method for me and addresses the key cause without causing other issues like many drugs do. If something starts to come out on my hands it's usually small and goes away in a couple of days or so if I stay on top of applications. I find that if I don't at least apply the mixture in the morning and at night or my hands have been exposed to friction like working with my hands or irritating them somehow and I don't stay on top of applications, they will be worse. Leaving my hands dry and working outside for example is sure to bring on something on my hands. I know this will take time because we use our hands so much so rebuilding is going to take time.

Oh yeah, and I stay away from hand sanitizer too and don't overdue washing my hands. If I must, again, I focus on the parts of my hands that actually touch (i.e. the underside of my fingers).

Replied by Teena
Melbourne, Australia
180 posts

Thank you for your very comprehensive post, I'm sure will help a lot of people. Often times when we have recurring skin problems it is because something is not right internally. You usually need to attack or fix internally as well as topically. I would consider adding a great probiotic like homemade kefir, or probiotic pills bought refrigerated to balance your gut's good bacteria, best on an empty stomach, and vitamin c at minimum 1000 mg a day. Of course there are many other immune boosters as well to consider. Sometimes the symptoms flare initially as your boosted immune system fights it out. Also I trust your hand soap is natural, mine is a mix of water, borax, baking soda, bentonite clay and anti fungal, anti bacterial essential oils. Best of health to you

Petroleum Jelly, Honey

Posted by Jodie (Northern Ireland) on 01/11/2014
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I'm a 16 year old girl, and I have had eczema almost all my life and I could never get anything help my eczema until a few months ago I was just looking in the internet, people were using Vaseline, honey ect so I thought to combine the both so I did. It has helped a lot and for a teenager it is hard having eczema! But to use this just get 375g petroleum jelly, it's the same as Vaseline, get honey put both into a microwave bowl it doesn't matter how much you use of both, and 3 teaspoons or water. Then put into microwave at least for one minute to make sure the Vaseline or petroleum jelly has melted and mix it threw and apply to eczema:) I hope it works for you guys! It has for me:)


Posted by Steve (Naples, Florida) on 03/17/2011
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The problem with Eczema is that it is usually a systemic problem caused by an overgrowth of candida. So one has to adhere to a strict diet of meats, vegetables, and salads until the rash is gone. Avoid anything that is sweet including fruits. Also avoid potatoes, pasta, bread, rice, mushrooms, cereal, dairy products, etc. Absorbine jr. works to kill the candida ( fungus ) from the outside but if your diet is poor it will keep coming back. Take probiotics in addition to absorbine jr to accelerate the dieing off of the internal candida. Apply the absorbine 4 times a day and take one packet of probiotics per day. If you are over 50 yrs old like I am , you need to take betaine HCL with each protein meal ( 2 - 600 mg tabs ) because most older people's stomachs do not produce enough HCL and undigested protein enters the blood and the body produces addition candida in the gut to counter the problem. I did all of these things and within 2 weeks my eczema was completely gone.

The medical industry is so corrupt that they think eczema is a genetic problem that each patient has to endure for life. They give you steriod products that only attack the symtoms and the same time it damages healthy tissue. Avoid doctors like the plague. Thank God we have this forum to help get thr truth out. Thank you earthclinic!