Help my eczema is out of control

Have you been struggling with your eczema? Has it gotten a bit out of control? Here are 8 natural tips to help you take control of your eczema!

Probiotics

There are a number of well-researched strains of probiotics that are associated with eczema and atopic dermatitis. Strains that have been positively studied in relation to prevention or treatment of eczema include, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus reuteri, Lactobacillus fermentum, and Bifidobacterium lactis. (This is the probiotic I recommendDaily Synbiotic)

Prebiotics

Feed the good bacteria with prebiotics. If you are taking a probiotic or if you are trying to strengthen your own bacteria, ensure you are consuming enough prebiotic foods to keep that bacteria feed. Foods to keep in mind are onion, garlic, leek, Jerusalem artichoke, dandelion greens, asparagus, beetroot, cabbage, chickpeas, apple cider vinegar, almonds.

Magnesium bath

Epsom salt baths are known to improve hydration levels, reduce skin roughness and redness, as well as decreasing inflammation in eczema and atopic dermatitis.

Trigger foods

Food may cause an immediate immunoglobulin E (IgE) mediated hypersensitivity response or a delayed eczema exacerbation. Common foods that initiate a response include gluten, dairy products, eggs, soy, peanuts, and seafood. Have you tried eliminating any or all of these food sources?

Vitamin D

Deficiency of vitamin D has been linked to multiple allergic diseases, with multiple results finding that individuals with exacerbated allergic conditions (eczema, atopic dermatitis, asthma, and food allergies) have lower serum vitamin D.

Zinc

Consumption of zinc rich foods or zinc supplementation is indicated for collagen repair, as well as rebalancing Th2 dominance. Research shows that people with allergic conditions like eczema are Th2 dominant with suppression of Th1 responses.

Topical creams

Topical steroid creams hare the most common prescription for eczema or any other skin condition, they act to reduce inflammation, supress immune system response and to provide relief from itchiness. The side effect can often be worse than the symptoms, including skin atrophy, striae, burning, dryness, itching, loss of pigmentation, hirsutism, and folliculitis. Beware!

Stress management

Psychological stress is a major reported aggravating factor of atopic dermatitis and eczema. It is therefore important to manage your stress levels effectively to reduce inflammation of eczema.

 

These tips are suggestions only and should not replace medical advice.

If you would like specific advice to support your own eczema healing, contact me here or book a consultation.

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