Here are some of the eczema articles we have at EczemaLife. For more information click on the links.
Eczema is derived from a Greek word meaning "to boil out", possibly because people with eczema tend to overheat as their skin does not regulate temperature properly. "Eczema" is also the general term for any type of dermatitis that is itchy.
Eczema is diagnosed by doctors using the following criteria. Firstly you must have itchy skin, plus three or more of the following symptoms…
itchiness in the skin creases, such as the folds behind the knees and elbows, fronts of the ankles or around the neck (children under four years may also have it on their cheeks)
visible eczema affecting the outer limbs, cheeks or forehead
symptoms appearing within two years of birth (not always an indication, but very common)
family history of asthma, hay fever or (if under four years old) a history of atopic disease in a first-degree relative.1
Other symptoms include oozing and weeping in between the skin folds (such as elbows and knees); thickening of the skin, poor sleep, flaking skin, and scratch marks from scratching.
Top 5 natural itch-busters for eczema
1. Drink an alkalising drink such as celery, pear and ¼ beetroot
2. If you have an adverse reaction to a food, and your skin becomes itchy, have a scoop of Calcium Matrix PM mixed in water or non-dairy milk.
3. Have a brief warm bath and add some bicarb soda to the water (afterwards, moisturise your skin)
4. Change your diet to one that is low in salicylates and free of dairy, MSG, additives (artificial colours, flavours and preservatives)
5. Improve your liver health with a salicylate-free alkaline supplements such as Skin Friend AM. Click here for more information about Skin Friend AM >>
Look for "non-GMO" labeled supplements.
Look for words such as “free from…”, “contains no salicylates”, “No soy”, No dairy”, “gluten-free” and so on. Don’t believe everything you read on the packaging:
Be wary if it says “No added” – it could mean the supplement brand did not add sugar or soy to the ingredient, but the ingredient may have been supplied containing hidden sugar or soy. If it’s truly free of an ingredient it will say “No…” or “free from…”.
Don’t give your child herbal ingredients without first checking for salicylate sensitivity, as herbs are rich in salicylates.
Quick Facts on Eczema
More than 1 in 5 Australian children suffer with eczema and it’s on the rise.
Eczema is also known as atopic dermatitis and symptoms include flaking, red patches, cracks, weeping, crusting and itchiness.
If both parents have previously had eczema then you have an 80 percent chance of developing
According to allergy cross-sectional study in Germany, families who predominantly use margarine (as opposed to butter) are more likely to have children with eczema.
More than 55 percent of eczema sufferers react to salicylates in foods.
The Eczema Diet is a 12 week program where you avoid foods that are known to trigger eczema while eating eczema-friendly foods which improve digestive and immune function and strengthen your overall health. During Stage 2, when your eczema has significantly improved, you are shown how to gradually go back to a normal diet. The Eczema Diet new second edition has effective programs for adults, children and babies with any type of skin rash. It provides both dietary and non-diet information including skin-care, supplement advice and health questionnaires which help you to find the advice that is right for you. MORE Book reviews
Seborrheic (pronounced seb-or-a-ik) dermatitis is a flaking, itchy skin rash which appears on areas of the skin that have large numbers of oil (sebaceous) glands. It’s also known as seborrheic eczema and usually first appears on the scalp as dandruff. Seborrheic dermatitis affects more than 50 per cent of adults at some point in their life. MORE
Eczema nutritionist Karen Fischer, author of The Eczema Diet book, writes articles for our blog. Click here to read Karen's latest BLOG.
'Eczema' is the collective term for any type of dermatitis that is itchy and there are seven main types. Here is a comprehensive list of eczema types, the various symptoms to look for and your best treatment options. Read more and see the photos >
There are many types of eczema and most look red and inflamed, and some will blister, weep or peel. Eczema typically affects the insides of the elbows, backs of the knees and the face but some types of eczema can cover most of the body. MORE