WHAT IS ECZEMA?
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by red, inflamed, and itchy patches on the skin, which can be intensely uncomfortable and distressing for those experiencing it.
The exact cause of eczema is still unknown, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. People with eczema often have an overactive immune system, leading to an abnormal skin barrier function. This makes the skin more vulnerable to irritants, allergens, and triggers, such as certain fabrics, soaps, detergents, stress, or weather changes.
Eczema commonly begins in infancy or early childhood, with symptoms improving or disappearing by adulthood in many cases. However, some individuals may continue to experience flare-ups throughout their lives. These flare-ups can be triggered by various factors and may result in dry, scaly, and cracked skin that can become infected if scratched excessively.
While there is currently no cure for eczema, there are numerous management strategies to alleviate symptoms and prevent flare-ups. These include moisturizing the skin regularly, using mild and hypoallergenic skincare products, avoiding known triggers, practicing stress reduction techniques, and in severe cases, prescribed medications like corticosteroids or immunosuppressants.
Eczema is not only a physical condition but can also have a significant impact on a person's emotional well-being. It is important for individuals with eczema to seek support from healthcare professionals, dermatologists, and support groups to manage their condition effectively and maintain a good quality of life.
WHO SHOULD I SEE AT ABSOLUTE HEALTH AND WELLNESS?
We have naturopaths who have many tools to help with your eczema. All of our treatments are evidence based, and we often use a combination of tools to help.
HOW WE COMMONLY TREAT ECZEMA
- Supplements (Herbs, Vitamins, Minerals): natural compounds can be safely used alone or in combination with prescription pharmaceutical medications.
- Lifestyle and Behavior Modification: the little things we do every day matter! From exercise, to sleep to stress management, to diet. All of these things can have impacts on your skin and immune function.
- Nutrition and Diet: the food we eat plays a role in our health, including our mental health
Every person is different, and eczema presents differently for everyone, so we always take an individualized approach to treating your skin and immune system.