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Eczema: Stop the Itch!

Six Great Tips on how improve your Eczema:

Described in dermatological text books as a chronic pruritic inflammation of the dermis and the epidermis, Eczema is the fourth highest medical condition seen by doctors. It’s estimated that some 20% of Irish children develop eczema by the time they are four years old; luckily when they reach their teens, 75% of the sufferers enjoy relief from the condition.

Eczema is considered hereditary, although during the past 20 years there has been a significant increase in numbers. Yet amongst all the facts and statistical figures little is known about the actual cause. It is thought that the condition remains dormant unless triggered. So the increase in numbers seen has been blamed on the high use of antibiotics unbalancing bowel flora, chemicals within skincare products together with environmental factors. However there are those who are dismissive and attribute it solely to a fault in the DNA. The animated discussion within the medical and complementary medicines fraternity as to the underlying causes, as there often never a single reason for such as condition, is destine to continue for some time. Meanwhile the eczema suffer has to endure a skin that certainly makes its presence felt.

Here are a few tips that can help with soothing the skin.

Moisturise:  One of the most important things to do is to keep the skin moisturised, as in eczema the skin barrier is weaker than usual. After bathing or showering, the skin should be patted dry, not rubbed and then within three minutes moisturisers should be applied. Some cases, depending on the severity of the condition, will require repeated moisturising throughout the day. At the clinic we have samples for natural skin care products that are specifically for eczema and that you can purchase in health food shops and pharmacies

Care is needed in selecting over-the-counter moisturisers or emollients as they can contain ingredients that provoke stinging or further sensitisation: such as fragrances, benzyl alcohol, propylene glycol and the hydroxybenzoate preservatives. Always patch test a product on the inside skin of the forearm before use. Also coming under the spot light of irritants are household cleaning products, washing powders, cosmetics especially those with containing sodium laurel sulphate along with woolen garments and blankets, cut grass, house mites and dander from animals.

Try not to scratch!    I know its not easy, but scratching sets of the “itch cycle”, which causes more inflammation, which makes the skin itchy, then a person wants to scratch again. The concern is that endless scratching causes broken skin amongst other complications, which will lead to infection.

Food intolerances  are often sited as major culprit for eczema, especially in complementary medicine. The top foods that raise concern are dairy products, caffeine, soybean products, eggs, nuts, wheat and maize – sweet corn, but the sensitisation can differ widely between patients, making it difficult to pin point the guilty parties. Sensitivities to food can be due to a variety of immune responses, which require different types of testing methods to establish any connection. The popular home food testing kits only test for food intolerances and not food allergies. Unfortunately this can lead to some confusion by eczema sufferers if not fully understood.

 Is Gluten a Culprit? Research indicates that there is a possible link between gluten intolerance( IgA) and eczema: “atopic dermatitis was about 3 times more frequent in patients with celiac disease and 2 times more frequent in their relatives than in spouses”. Since Ireland has a very high rate of coeliac disease, avoiding gluten might be a consideration if there is a close member of the family with the condition.  In the clinic we test for gluten, gliadin, lipopolysaccarides, zonulin etc so you have instant results.

 The Impact of Stress: There is no question in my mind that stress and especially anxiety can exacerbate an array of skin diseases. Eczema, psoriasis and acne are the three skin conditions I have seen flare in minutes when a person has come under “stress” . Therefore, adopting a lifestyle that minimises worry is imperative and with a positive attitude is certainly obtainable. Bear in mind, most of what we worry about never happens: why waste energy! Children, however pick up on the stresses and strains of their parents, so adopting calm in the home is good for all members of the family.

for further information call us:

Sabina Jennings specialises in Skin Conditions through Natural Medicine at the 11 Howard Court– Bandon -0860773742 email:


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