Does your skin itch more than your normal or turn red from time-to-time?
You might be suffering from the skin condition commonly found in children and adults- eczema. Also, called atopic dermatitis, most people who suffer from eczema often have allergies or asthma. Here we’ll cover, when you should visit a holistic health practitioner to treat eczema.
Eczema has no known cure but the rashes won’t simply go away if left untreated.
For most people, eczema is a chronic condition that requires careful avoidance of triggers to help prevent flare-ups. Depending on the type of eczema and severity, holistic treatments include lifestyle changes, over-the-counter remedies or prescription medication.
If the itching and redness interferes with your life, and doesn’t go away on its own, you should consider a visit to a holistic health practitioner to treat eczema.
Eczema Symptoms And Signs
The distribution of the eruption can be of great help in distinguishing one type from another:
- Almost all patients with eczema complain of itching
- Elevated plaques of red, bumpy skin
- Stasis dermatitis occurs most often on the lower leg
- Atopic dermatitis occurs in the front of the elbow and behind the knee
There are also some common symptoms for all types of eczema:
- dry, scaly skin
- Sore or painful
To help your holistic health practitioner understand your condition, it may be helpful to keep a diary to identify your eczema triggers. Write down:
- What you eat and drink
- Specific skin products and detergents you use
- What activities you do, such as taking a walk outside in the woods or swimming in a chlorinated pool
- How long you spend in the bath, the temperature of the water
- When you’re under duress
Once you start taking notice of your everyday actions, you might begin to notice connections between your activities and your eczema flare-ups.
Holistic health practitioners suggest to follow these tips to prevent eczema flare-ups and manage symptoms:
- Apply cool compresses to your skin
- Moisturize your skin daily with a rich, oil-based cream or ointment.
- After you bathe, gently blot your skin with a soft towel.
- Apply the moisturiser or cream right after you get out of the bath to seal in moisture.
- Avoid scratching as it can cause an infection.
- Use fragrance-free detergents, cleansers, and other skincare products.
- Wear protective clothing whenever you handle chemicals.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes made from soft fibres.
See holistic health practitioner if you or your child:
- Is so uncomfortable that the condition is affecting daily activities
- Has a skin infection
- Continues to experience symptoms despite trying home remedies
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