Living With Eczema

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Living With Eczema

I had a question the other day about eczema.

Eczema is a skin condition caused by inflammation of the skin.

Typically, eczema causes skin to become itchy, red, and dry — even cracked and leathery.

Eczema can appear on any part of your body.

It’s most common in infants, many of whom outgrow it before adulthood.

People with eczema have a higher risk of developing allergic conditions like asthma or hay fever.

Eczema runs in families.

Certain genes can make some people have extra-sensitive skin.

An overactive immune system is thought to be a factor as well.

Also, defects in the skin barrier may contribute to eczema.

These defects allow moisture out through the skin and let germs in.

Factors triggering may eczema include:


>Contact with irritating materials like woolen and synthetic fabrics and soap
>Heat and sweat
>Cold, dry climates
>Dry skin

Almost always, your skin will itch before a rash appears in eczema.

Typically, eczema shows itself as:

>Patches of chronically itchy, dry, thickened skin, usually on your hands, neck, face, and legs, but it can occur anywhere.  In children, the inner creases of the knees and elbows are often involved.

>If scratched, dry patches of skin and open sores with crusts may develop and get infected.

Researchers don’t know exactly what causes eczema.
The most common type of eczema — atopic dermatitis — resembles an allergy.
But the skin irritation isn’t an allergic reaction.

The current thinking is eczema is caused by a combination of factors including:


>abnormal function of the immune system
>activities that may cause skin to be more sensitive
>defects in the skin barrier allowing moisture out and germs in

This is what’s known about eczema causes:

Eczema isn’t contagious.

You can’t catch it by coming in contact with someone who has it.

Eczema runs in families.

That suggests a genetic role in eczema’s development.

A major risk factor is having relatives who have or had:


>seasonal allergies such as hay fever
Researchers also know a large percentage of children with severe eczema will later develop asthma or other allergies.
Mother’s age at time of birth.
It’s isn’t clear why, but children born to older women are more likely to develop eczema than children born to younger women.
Role of environment.
Children are more likely to develop eczema if they:
>are in higher social classes
>live in urban areas with higher levels of pollution
>live in colder climates
Eczema isn’t an allergic reaction.
Even so, a large number of children who have eczema also have food allergies.
That doesn’t mean certain foods like dairy, eggs, and nuts cause it or make it worse.

To deal with eczema it’s beneficial to:

*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.

*Increase Omega3/omega6 essential fats.

*Keep a balanced pH.

*Use Enfuselle and/or ShakleeBaby skin care products.

*Tea Tree Oil is an antibacterial topical treatment.

*Epsom salts baths may be beneficial/soothing.

*Consider liver and/or colon cleanses, fasting, and/or juicing.

*Review my post on candida.

*Consider aloe vera (gel from inside fresh leaves is best).

*Eliminate toxic personal care, laundry and cleaning products.

*Eliminate personal care products that upset skin’s natural pH.

*Quit smoking.

*Decrease excessive sun exposure.

*Decrease exposure to chlorinated shower/bath water, pools and hot tubs.

*Improve your digestion and elimination processes.

*Discover allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate condition.

*Eliminate free radical damage.


It’s essential to use:  VitaLea, Protein, GLA, OmegaGuard, Lecithin, Optiflora, Alfalfa, Herb-Lax, Fiber, DTX, CarotoMax, FlavoMax.

It’s important to use:  Vitamin CB-Complex, Vitamin E, Zinc, Vitamin D.

It’s beneficial to use:  Garlic, NutriFeron, Immunity Formula, CoQHeart, VitalMag, Vivix, Enfuselle skin care line.
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PS:  If you have any questions about eczema, and would like to know how supplements can help, give us a call at 715-431-0657.  We’re here to help.


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