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Eczema Managements

  • Posted on- Jan 12, 2018
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ECZEMA OR DERMATITIS ECZEMA

It is a chronic inflammatory condition of the skin causing a distinctive pattern of symptoms such as itching, scaling, thickening of skin and discoloration of skin.

CAUSES:

  • Heredity.
  • Can be associated with asthma.
  • Allergic – dust mites, detergents, rubber, nickel plated jewellery.
  • Stress – physical or emotional.
  • In babies diaper rash or napkin eczema is possible.

SIGN AND SYMPTOMS:

  • Intense itching.
  • Dry thickened skin usually on wrists, face, knees, and elbows.
  • Small eruptions and blisters that may ooze fluid.
  • Occasional redness and scaling.
  • Rash.
  • Dry leathery skin areas.
  • Skin is abnormally dark or light in color than the normal skin.
  • Raw areas of the skin from scratching.

DIETARY MANAGEMENT:

  • Do not scratch especially with long nails. It may lead to secondary infection.
  • Avoid foods you are allergic to.
  • Avoid nickel plated jewellery, cosmetics, and other articles that give you skin complaints.
  • Do not self medicate.

DO:

  • You can apply non-medicated ointments like petroleum jelly to soothe the irritation.
  • Yoga will help to relax and de-stress yourself.
  • When washing or bathing, use less soap than usual. After bathing, apply lubricating cream on the skin while it is damp.
  • Avoid eggs, fish, peanuts and soy.
  • Avoid dairy products, sugar, white flour, fried foods and processed foods.
  • Avoid the excess fat from meat – buy lean and preferably organic.
  • Avoid sugar, gluten (wheat, barley, rye and oats) and raw eggs.
  • Avoid soft drinks and oranges (if allergic to oranges).

CONSUME:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Consume lots of fresh and raw fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat healthy diet, including five portions of vegetables per day, brown rice, millet, oily fish and a little fruit (no oranges).
  • Consume diet rich in vitamin A and zinc, helps in regeneration of the skin.
  • Diet rich in vitamin A:
  • Liver oils of fish, egg, milk and milk products,
  • Yellow orange colored fruits and vegetables green leafy vegetables are good source of - carotene.
  • Foods rich in zinc:
  • Shellfish, beef and other red meats, eggs and seafood, nuts, sea plants especially Japanese sea plants.
  • Increase intake of vitamin C, it helps maintain healthy skin:
  • Milk and milk products, citrus fruits, green vegetables
  • Fruits and vegetables when fresh have maximum of vitamin C.
  • Have coriander leaves frequently, its high in vitamin C and helps to maintain healthy skin.
  • You can have 3-4 strands of saffron in milk, it is beneficial for skin.
  • Basil leaves (tulsi) are said to be helpful in skin ailments, eat 3-4 fresh leaves daily.
  • Breast feed your child breast milk increases the immunity of your child and helps preventing eczema in future.

CONSULT PHYSICIAN:

  • In case of prolonged duration or change in rash pattern take physicians opinion immediately.
  • If symptoms get worse or if you see any Signs of infection (fever, redness of the affected area, pain) occur, see your physician immediately.

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