Many people have eczema, which is a term that can be used to describe rash-like skin conditions or the primary condition of atopic dermatitis. Roughly 30 million Americans have eczema, which commonly starts during infancy and continues into childhood. Sometimes people grow out of the condition, but some people have it into adulthood. Eczema is the inflammation of the skin, which often results in red and raised skin, and people with dryer, more sensitive skin often suffer from the condition. Many people will have rashes on their necks, elbows, knees, behind the ears, wrists, ankles, or other areas that bend.
To spread awareness about National Eczema Week, we are striving to make people more aware of the causes, symptoms, and natural remedies for eczema. Strive to use home remedies to naturally improve the condition. You can do your own research about natural remedies, using this article as a starting point.
What Causes Eczema?
The exact cause for eczema is unknown, but the common belief is that it is caused by either hereditary or environmental factors. If a parent has eczema, there is a greater possibility that the child will develop it. On the other hand, research suggests that the cause of eczema is linked to hay fever or asthma. It may also be caused by another allergic disease, or one of the following:
- Irritants (soaps and detergents, disinfectants like chlorine, or contact with juices from fruit, vegetables, or meat)
- Allergens (house dust mites, pollens, pets, mold, or Dandruff)
- Microbes (viruses, certain fungi, or bacteria)
- Temperature (hot weather, high or low humidity, or sweat)
- Food (dairy products, wheat, soy products, nuts or seeds, and eggs)
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a great natural solution that can be ingested or applied directly on the skin. If you mix two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with 8oz of water and consume that twice a day, this can help to restore your body’s pH balance, which is sometimes all that is needed to help eczema. For topical use, mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and distilled water and spray this on the affected area several times a day. You can also add apple cider vinegar to baths if the eczema is larger.
Take An Oatmeal Bath
An oatmeal bath can help reduce skin irritation because it helps moisturize the skin. Mix one cup of blended oats in a lukewarm bath and soak in it for 15-20 minutes every day until symptoms decrease.
Use Coconut Oil
Since coconut oil is an incredible moisturizer and has antimicrobial properties, it can help reduce the symptoms of eczema if applied to the affected area(s). For best results, gently apply warm coconut oil nightly before bed, as this softens the skin and fights bacteria from multiplying. Symptoms may take a few days to reduce.
Because aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties, it is commonly used to reduce the symptoms of eczema. Applying the aloe vera to the affected area(s) helps to restore your skin’s pH balance and relieve itching and irritation. Like coconut oil, aloe vera also has moisturizing and antimicrobial properties.
Drink A Lot Of Water
Make sure you stay hydrated! Drinking alkaline water can be beneficial as it helps restore the body’s natural pH balance. The suggested amount of water to drink is eight 8oz glasses per day, but a better measurement is to drink half your bodyweight in ounces of water. If you weight 150lbs and divide that by two to get 75, you should drink 75oz of water each day.
Taking a magnesium bath can sometimes decrease the symptoms of eczema. If the person can tolerate the soak, mix magnesium flakes or Epsom salt into the warm water. You can also add sea salt, a few drops of vanilla extract, and the essential oil(s) of your choice. It helps to deep clean your pores, working to clear your skin of oils and bacteria.