Eczema | Inflamed, Itchy, and Sootheable.
Itchy patches of skin driving you mad? You are not alone. Over 30 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from eczema and 334 million people globally.
Eczema, or Dermatitis, is actually a group of diseases that present as an inflammation on the skin. The inflamed skin appears red, itchy, with small blisters. If severe and untreated, skin will even thicken over time as a result of the consistent inflammation, and scarring from scratching.
Specific areas of the body where eczema appears are elbows, hands, cheeks, face, and knees. However, if the body’s response is severe enough; it can cover anywhere on the entire body.
Though traditional medical approach to dermatitis are moisturizers and steroid creams for comfort, the core reason for the inflammation has to be addressed. Physicians typically recommend removing the allergen. That’s fine advice, except that outbreaks can be caused by a large spectrum of things. Sufferers say their eczema outbreaks can be triggered by a seasonable weather change, or a reaction to new laundry detergent. At its core, eczema is an immune response.
Sufferers of Eczema are often embarrassed by their skin’s visual appearance. They have to assure friends and co-workers that it’s not contagious. Unfortunately, the social stigma, stress, and feeling self-conscious, only compounds the underlying physical stresses which drive the inflammation.
Since there is no overall “cure” for eczema, one of the best things that can be done to address it is to reduce the triggers. Compound environmental factors that can exacerbate eczema include:
Temperature: hot weather, high/ low humidity, trapped perspiration
Foods: dairy, nightshade plants (tomatoes), eggs, nuts, wheat, gluten
Irritants: soaps, detergents, shampoos, disinfectants
Stress: Not a cause of eczema but can make symptoms worse
The first FDA Registered, USDA Certified Organic eczema treatment was created and is made by Forces of Nature in Sonoma California. Scientists formulated fifteen different medicinal plans to calm the skins response at a cellular level. User’s report a reduction in symptoms, and the frequency of the eczema outbreaks.
This product, called Eczema Control is available online or at Whole Foods Market.
- Forces of Nature