Eczema Natural Treatment
by Evelyn Lim
An Eczema Natural Treatment can be used to help you reduce your itch levels. Many people do not realize this; instead they turn to the use of steroids for itch relief. However, steroids should only be used minimally and for a limited time period only. They produce side effects that over time, can cause your skin to “thin” out and opening yourself to more skin infections. Hence, it is important that you only use medications only under professional supervision, if you find that you are not able to control your eczema anymore.
Eczema Natural Treatment #1: Herbal Remedies. Here is a home recipe for cases of mild eczema. Mix these ingredients together in a bowl- one-teaspoon of comfrey root, one-teaspoon of white oak bark, one-teaspoon of slippery elm bark and two cups of water. Next, boil the concoction for thirty-five minutes, allow it to cool and then wash the affected areas of your skin with it. You may not get rid of your itch completely, but a herbal eczema natural treatment is generally safer as compared to hydrocortisone creams for itch relief.
Eczema Natural Treatment #2: Moisturization. Remember that eczema is less likely to worsen and be intolerably itchy if you keep your skin well hydrated. This means you should always keep your skin moisturized. Do this at least twice a day, and more often if your skin is very dry or susceptible to eczema.
The best type of moisturizer for an eczema sufferer appears to be an emollient. An emollient is simply a moisturizer that is oilier in its consistency compared to a regular moisturizing cream or lotion.
Emollient can also come in the form of emollient oils that can be added to
a bath or applied to the body while you are in the shower. In the summertime, it is a good idea to keep your emollient in the refrigerator; so it is extremely cooling to the skin when you apply it on.
Eczema Natural Treatment #3: Oatmeal Bath. Another effective eczema natural treatment is an oatmeal bath. This type of bath is soothing to dry skin. It may sound strange but oatmeal is excellent for calming inflamed skin that you just want to scratch off your body.
To make an oatmeal bath, you can simply buy porridge (such as Quaker) oats from the supermarket and add them to a lukewarm bath. A cup or two should be fine. The itchier you are, the more water and oats you should add. If you do not wish to make your own oatmeal bath, Aveeno sells one that is excellent for managing that eczema itch.
Eczema Natural Treatment #4: Zinc Supplements. A deficiency in zinc can increase your risk to developing dry skin and hence eczema. Either consume zinc in the form of pills or apply it directly to your itchy skin.
Eczema Natural Treatment #5: Vitamin E. Vitamin E is one best eczema natural treatment. Always read labels carefully and never buy synthetic vitamin E. Choose natural sources of vitamin E such as vitamin rich plant leaves, vegetable oils (wheat germ, sunflower, cottonseed, safflower, canola, soybean, and corn oil), unprocessed grains and nuts.
There are several more examples and options for an Eczema Natural Treatment that can possibly work for you. The important thing to remember is that natural treatment methods may take sometime to work their effects. However, they are generally harmless and do not produce the side effects that drugs can bring.