When Should You Visit A Holistic Health Practitioner To Treat Eczema?

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
  • redness
  • Itching
  • 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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