How do I cure my Eczema?Yes !!! Eczema can be cured......the information provided on this website, virtually guarantees that you can look forward to a total clearing of your eczema or psoriasis, without the need to resort to cortisone or NSAID drugs.
These pages will help you:
- Identify the type of eczema you have
- Describe the underlying causes and triggers
- Provide you with the appropriate treatment options
- Help with after care
- Show you which chemicals to avoid
- And when all else fails....
After so many years, why has my eczema not gone?
After all these years, I am still horrified at some of the conventional treatments that patients have had to endure in order to obtain some relief. If you have had eczema for a number of years, then I am sure you will identify with the treatments mentioned below.
It is almost uncanny that almost all eczema patients endure years of pharmaceutical hardship before investigating an alternative approach. If you are such a person then you should realize that you have been brain-washed by the medical establishment. Modern Medicine actually means “Symptomatic Relief” and should be called “Crisis Medicine”. What is never explained to patients is that the methods prescribed, only offer a temporary relief of the symptoms without ever trying to clear the underlying cause.
The standard procedure that has not changed in 40 years is:
- 1. Identify that the patient does indeed have eczema
2. Depending on the severity an anti-histamine or cortisone or NSAID drug will be prescribed
3. A course of antibiotics can also be added to the list
4. Some form of emollient or lotion for topical use is prescribed.
5. Tar based emollients
6. Ultraviolet light treatment therapies for severe cases. .....and the patient leaves the doctor with the belief that their problems are over.
It's only many years down the line when their eczema has still not gone away or has spread and is getting worse that people start searching for alternative treatments.
So why don't conventional treatments work?The primary reason is that they treat the symptom, giving little regard to the underlying cause.
- Anti-histamine works against histamine that is being produced by your anti-bodies due to the presence of allergens. In many cases this drug has little or no effect against eczema.
- Cortisone and NSAID's work by switching off the immune response system. You start to believe that the product is working, but actually all it has done is to turn off your defence mechanism for a few days until the drug wears off. The problem with this is that these drugs are so powerful with terrible side effects and should not be used for more than 2 weeks per year.
Read what cortisone does
- Antibiotics are prescribed "in case" of a secondary bacterial infection. In most cases an antibiotic does more harm than good, by destroying the beneficial colon flora but does nothing to treat the eczema.
- Emollients and lotions are fine for the dryness, the problem with many of them is that they contain petrochemicals, perfumes or some additive that aggravates the eczema.
- Tar based emollients have shown to be very ineffective
- Ultra violet light therapies have also proven ineffective, very costly with long term side effects.
So What type of Eczema do I have?The word eczema (also known as the itch that rashes) describes certain kinds of dermatitis (inflamed skin). Early eczema can be red, blistering, or oozing. Later on, it can be scaly, brownish, or thickened. Almost always, eczema itches.
Examples of eczema include:
Atopic dermatitis(affects most parts of the body and can be mild to severe).
This type of eczema is the most common and can typically occur on any area such as the bends of the elbows, backs of the knees, ankles, wrists, face, neck, and the upper chest may also be affected. This type of eczema is commonly associated with asthma, hay fever and sinusitis.
Infantile or baby eczema (affects babies and small children)Baby eczema accounts for almost 80% of all eczema cases. After infancy, the skin tends to be less red, blistering, oozing, or crusting. Instead, the patches are dry, red to brownish-gray, and may be scaly or thickened. The intense, almost unbearable itching can continue, and may be most noticeable at night. Some patients scratch the skin until it bleeds and crusts. When this occurs, the skin can get infected.
Contact dermatitis (external chemical reaction with the skin)Contact dermatitis accounts for approximately 6% of eczema’s and is the easiest to treat. It is the result of contact with a substance to which one is allergic, for example, exposure to poison oak or ivy will cause varying degrees of dermatitis according to one's individual sensitivity. If you are sensitive to the nickel metal material in a watchband or ring, earring, your skin beneath the object can become inflamed. The list of possible products is endless including wool or synthetic fibers, soaps and detergents, some perfumes, dust, pollen, latex, cement, chemicals etc.....
Seborrheic dermatitis (Found on the scalp)Seborrheic eczema, which presents like severe dandruff in adults and cradle cap in babies, is also very common. Babies tend to grow out of the cradle cap however for the adult the scalp eczema can be a prolonged problem and can spread to the face, ears, neck, and chest.
Hand dermatitis (Found only on the hands and feet)Hand dermatitis also known as Dyshidrotic eczema and varies in severity. It may affect the backs of the hands, the palms or both sites. Often it starts as a mild intermittent complaint, but it can become increasingly severe and persistent. The affected skin initially becomes red and dry, then progresses to itchy papules (bumps) and fluid-filled blisters (vesicles), scaling, cracking (fissures), weeping (exudation) and swelling (oedema). Bacterial infection can result in pustules, crusting and pain. Longstanding dermatitis at the ends of the fingers may result in deformed nails. Hand dermatitis can spread to affect other sites, particularly the forearms and feet.
Nummular dermatitis - (looks like small round coins)Nummular or Discoid eczema can affect any part of the body particularly the lower leg. One or many patches appear, and may persist for weeks or months. The majority of patches are round or oval, hence the name ‘discoid‘ or ‘nummular’ dermatitis, which refers to their disc or coin shape. They can be several centimetres across, or as small as two millimetres. The patches are pink, red, or brown and well defined. They have a dry cracked surface or a bumpy, blistered or crusted surface. Discoid eczema may be extremely itchy, or scarcely noticeable. The skin between the patches is usually normal, but may be dry and irritable.
Varicose Eczema (affects the legs and feet only)Is a condition found in the lower leg. People in their middle to late years are found most likely to encounter this eczema. Poor circulation is suspected. The ankles are most often affected and if the skin is left untreated, ulcers can develop.
PsoriasisPsoriasis is a chronic skin disease that generally appears as patches of raised red skin covered by a flaky white build up. Psoriasis is believed to be related to faulty signals sent by the body's immune system. These signals accelerate the growth cycle in skin cells, which pile up on the surface when the body can't shed them fast enough.
CAUSES & TRIGGERS:
The most difficult task in the treatment of eczema is to identify the underlying cause or trigger. This sounds easy but can be extremely frustrating especially in a world that continually portrays a quick fix for everything. There are websites detailing fantastic testimonials with pictures of how there eczema "miraculously" disappeared after a few days!!! I can guarantee you that these products contain cortisone, so please do not be mislead ....Eczema patients or their parents require a lot of patience. The following list is by no means definitive but will generally be able to provide the correct direction for you to pursue.
Almost all eczema's are caused from one of the following.Colon flora imbalance, resulting in:
Asthma and other allergies
Food & drink intolerance
Colorants & preservative intolerance
EFA's (Essential Fatty Acid) imbalance, resulting in:
Chemical or contact irritations
Medications, resulting in:
Rash as a side effect
Stress is normally a trigger not a cause
Auto immune disorders resulting from vaccines and/or heavy metal toxicity.