Living With Eczema: No Prescription Required

April 09, 2018

Living With Eczema: No Prescription Required

While eczema is more prevalent in children, your first outbreak can occur at any age. Unfortunately, eczema is a chronic skin condition. That means if you have one outbreak, chances are it will affect you again.  Some people are plagued with symptoms daily, while others have periods of flares and remission. You have a higher risk of developing eczema if you have a family history of the disorder, or a history of hay fever, allergies or asthma. This chronic skin condition is often triggered by environmental factors.

Eczema is the result of an over-reactive immune system response. There is no cure for this skin disorder, but most people affected can manage their condition. Some outbreaks can be avoided once you recognize the signs and can pinpoint your typical eczema triggers.

The Many Symptoms of Eczema

Like many autoimmune issues, eczema can have periods of activity and remission. You may even be one of the many people who dismiss their dry, itchy, uncomfortable skin as a simple case of sensitivity. You may be right, but you should know that the symptoms of eczema vary from person to person. You may have eczema if you recognize some of the following symptoms:

  • Patches of dry, itchy skin, typically on your arms, hands, neck, legs and face
  • An Itchy, dry rash on your elbows or behind your knees
  • Sensitive skin prone to dryness and intense itching
  • Darkly colored patches of skin
  • Rashes that are red and inflamed
  • Skin that becomes rough or leather-like
  • Thickening of your skin after being affected by a rash
  • Brown or yellowish crust over an existing rash (may indicate infection)
  • New lesions that make older lesions appear scaled

Reducing Your Risk of a Flare

You may recognize all of these symptoms or only experience a few. Eczema is a form of dermatitis, but the terms are not interchangeable. There are several behavior modifications that could aid in relieving your symptoms and limiting future flairs. Some common suggestions include:

  • Avoiding products with added fragrances or perfumes
  • Avoiding fabrics that irritate your skin
  • Using a mild soap substitute that will not cause dryness
  • Using a rich moisturizer to help guard against irritation
  • Avoiding hot baths and showers (hot water strips your skins protective barrier)
  • Taking an antihistamine to relieve symptoms (when triggered by an allergy)
  • Avoiding food additives
  • Adopting a high fiber diet to help eliminate toxins
  • Reducing common allergens from your diet, such as dairy, soy, gluten and shellfish
  • Using a humidifier in the winter to hydrate your skin
  • Using an air conditioner in the summer to prevent skin irritation caused by sweating

 Medical Intervention for Eczema Symptoms

Since Eczema is triggered by your immune system, severe cases may need to be treated by a physician. Some of the standard treatments recommended by doctors include:

  • Topical steroid medications to treat pain and itch
  • Prescription antibiotics when skin is infected
  • Immunosuppressant therapy
  • Phototherapy
  • Acupuncture

 

The Benefits of Treating Your Eczema With Natural Products

You should know that many of the steroid creams, both prescription and over-the-counter, can cause your skin to thin, and increase your susceptibility to injury. The over-use, or unnecessary use, of antibiotics, can result in infections that are resistant to antibiotic treatment. The creams and lotions often recommended to keep your sensitive skin moisturized and protected may contain preservatives that are known to trigger or intensify eczema symptoms.

That's why so many people who live with eczema prefer to use natural products. Eczema traumatizes your skin. Your best treatment option may be a natural skincare product that protects your skin's barrier, relieves your pain, banishes the itch and boosts your skins natural ability to repair and heal.

To care for your sensitive, rash-prone skin naturally, you can trust Seaside Medical Technologies. Our products contain some of nature's most beneficial botanicals and essential oils, precisely combined to increase the rapid repair mechanism within your skin. Our formulas are dermatologically tested, clinically tested and beneficial for many types of skin trauma, including eczema. For eczema relief, try our Post-Traumatic Response Gel to boost the healing ability of your skin, naturally.  

 

 

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