What is good for itchy skin from eczema?

(Last Updated: Aug 26, 2007)


Eczema is a general classification that refers to an inflammation of the outer layer of the skin. It is also referred to as dermatitis and includes a broad range of skin conditions. These include rashes and dryness on the skin that are accompanied by reddening of the skin, edema or swelling, dryness, flaking, blisters, bleeding or tenderness of the skin. The most commonly occurring type of eczema is atopic eczema. Eczema may develop at any age, but is most commonly seen in children, especially infants. In most cases, the eczema subsides and disappears by the age of three. However, sometimes, it can keep recurring throughout the individual’s life. The cause of eczema is believed to be an impairment in the functioning of the immune system. Certain types of eczema can occur due to contact with external substances such as soap or detergent, cosmetics, jewelry, clothing and sweat. Pollutants in the environment may also cause these skin conditions. Sometimes, temperature fluctuations or mental stress may also be triggers for eczema.

Eczema may appear in different forms in different people, although it is most often characterized by a red patch on the skin which has a burning or itching sensation. In fact, an extreme itching sensation is the first sign of eczema. The eczema may then further develop into oozing blisters or drying, scaling skin. If the eczema is scratched excessively, it can cause flaking of the skin. The body parts that are most prone to eczema are the face and neck, inner surface of the elbows, ankles and knees. In children, the rashes generally develop on the cheeks and forehead and sometimes even on the scalp.

Coconut oil may be applied to the affected parts of the skin to produce a soothing effect. A paste of camphor and sandalwood also works well to alleviate the symptoms of eczema. Cold compresses ease the tenderness and swelling associated with eczema. Avoid exposing the affected areas to cosmetics or detergents. Cleanse the area with a mild soap that is free of chemicals. Moisturizers help to keep the skin from drying and flaking. Make sure you use a mild moisturizer for this. Applying a dab of vitamin E oil to the areas also bring relief from the itching. A drink of green tea is very effective against eczema as it helps to flush out the toxins and regain immunity in the body. Applying the pulp of mango skin also serves to alleviate the inflammation caused by eczema.

answered by G M

ALTERNATIVE CURES FOR ITCHY SKIN FROM ECZEMA-

  • Take care of infection. Paint the part with 1 tsp turmeric in 1 cup water solution. Leave it for 10 minutes and then wipe it with gauze bandage or a soft cotton cloth.
  • Take homeopathic remedy called as Sulphur 6 c, 5 pills once at bed time for 5 nights.
  • Stop the above medicine and wait and watch for 10 days .
  • Follow up with an other homeopathic remedy called as Sulphur 30 c, 5 pills once bed time. Then after 3 days take 2nd dose. Take 5 doses in same manner i.e. in 3 days intervals.

answered by D M K


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