What Are the Home Remedies for Eczema?

Q:
What are the home remedies for eczema?

A:
Eczema can appear on any part of the body at any age. It causes skin to become itchy, red, and dry — even cracked and leathery. Here are some home remedies for eczema:

  • Light Therapy/Phototherapy: Phototherapy helps to calm inflammation and reduce itching. Adding 10–15 minutes a day of sun exposure, during an eczema flare, can provide relief and speed healing.
  • Vitamin D: Eating vitamin D rich food like cod liver oil, sardines, salmon, eggs and raw milk may help prevent eczema in children and adolescents.
  • Moisturize: Because dry skin is both a cause and symptom, it is imperative to moisturize affected areas at least twice a day. Coconut oil is a perfect choice. It can provide soothing relief, and speed healing.
  • Treat the Mind and Body: Hypnosis, mindfulness meditation, progressive muscle relation, focused breathing, cognitive behavior therapy and talk therapy may provide not only relief during a flare, but expedite healing and prevent future flares.
  • Dead Sea Salt Baths: The Dead Sea has strong healing powers. Taking a bath with salt from the Dead Sea water can improve skin barrier function, reduce inflammation and relieve redness. Bath water should be just warm enough to prevent a chill. Do not rub the skin dry; pat gently with a soft towel.
  • Cool, Wet Compresses: Applying a cool, wet compress lessens the itching. However, if the eczema has evolved to oozing blisters, a wet compress shouldn’t be used because it may increase the risk of infection
  • Apply Itch Cream: Try using a natural homemade eczema cream that incorporates Shea butter, coconut oil, raw honey and essential oils to provide much-needed relief.
  • Licorice Extract: Licorice root extract is able to reduce itching. Add a few drops to coconut oil or homemade itch creams for best results.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Eating food rich in Omega-3 like fish is helpful to prevent eczema. During a flare, these kind of food will boost immune system function and speed healing.
  • Probiotics: Probiotics may help prevent eczema in infants and decrease the severity of flares. During an eczema outbreak and to prevent future flares, it’s a good idea to take a high-quality probiotic supplement every day.
  • Lavender Essential Oil: In addition to the intense itching, eczema commonly causes anxiety, depression, frustration and poor sleep. Lavender essential oil helps to reduce these common symptoms. Add 10 drops to 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or almond oil, and gently rub into the skin. Also, the aroma can help you sleep better.
  • Vitamin E: Taking vitamin E daily can help to speed healing by reducing inflammation. In addition, topical application of vitamin E may help to relieve the itch and prevent against scarring.
  • Witch Hazel: If the rash starts to ooze, applying witch hazel can help promote healing. During an outbreak, gently dab this eczema treatment directly onto the rash with a cotton pad. Be sure to use an alcohol-free witch hazel.

Please go to your doctor for more suggestions.

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