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.
- 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.
- Dry leathery skin areas.
- Skin is abnormally dark or light in color than the normal skin.
- Raw areas of the skin from scratching.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.