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Psoriasis and eczema: what is the difference?

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Psoriasis and eczema: what is the difference?

Psoriasis and eczema can often look quite similar but they are different in many ways ... Firstly, psoriasis prefers ‘tougher’ skin such as the backs of the elbows and front of the knees, whereas eczema is more common in the inner elbow creases and the backs of the knees where the skin is softer. Eczema and psoriasis can both be itchy, but eczema is always itchy (if it's not itchy then it's another type of dermatitis) and eczema can be incredibly itchy. Eczema is far more common during childhood, with 1 in 5 children suffering from eczema. In contrast, it...

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Ancient eczema treatments

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Ancient eczema treatments

While I was doing research for The Eczema Diet I found some ancient medical treatments for eczema, including an eczema treatment dating back as far as Ancient Egypt. I thought I'd share a couple of my favourites... Rotten Cereals from Ancient Egypt The first documented eczema treatments were found in the papyri of Ancient Egypt. Eczema of the head was treated in the following manner: “On the first day, the head was painted with a ‘lotion’ of durrameal and fruit-of-the-dompalm, warmed in soft fat and was bound up. On the second day, the head was anointed with fish oil; on the fourth day with...

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Cradle Cap Natural Remedies

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Cradle Cap Natural Remedies

Children who have eczema or a family history of eczema are highly susceptible to developing cradle cap, which is a form of scalp dermatitis also known as childhood seborrhoeic eczema. It’s not caused by poor hygiene and it’s not contagious. What occurs is the sebaceous glands in the infant’s skin become inflamed and produce excess oil. The oil traps the skin as it sheds and forms thick yellow crusts (or a "cap") on the scalp. It can appear quite suddenly between two to six months of age. Cradle cap predominantly affects babies during their first few months of life however if untreated...

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What are the different types of eczema?

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What are the different types of eczema?

'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.   Atopic eczema, atopic dermatitis Atopic eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is eczema with one or more allergies present (atopic = allergy). Atopic is the most prevalent form of eczema and is common in children although it can occur at any age. Triggers of atopic eczema include: allergic reactions and food sensitivities, skin infection, nutritional deficiencies, diet high in acid-forming foods,  soaps and detergents,...

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Top 5 Lunchbox Foods to Avoid if you have Eczema

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Top 5 Lunchbox Foods to Avoid if you have Eczema

When your child has eczema, packing their school lunchbox can be a little tricky. Many typical lunchbox items can trigger itchy skin (or make it worse) and concentrating in class can become a challenge. School children with eczema are often self-conscious about their flakey, rash-covered skin and may avoid sporting activities or resort to wearing long-sleeved winter clothes in the heat of summer in order to hide their skin. Parents often ask how they can help their child feel more comfortable at school. One way is to avoid packing "flare-up" foods in their lunchbox as this helps to minimise the risk of flare-ups during class.  Here...

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