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Eczema Treatment

Eczema on a finger

Eczema treatment can vary depending on the severity of your symptoms. The problem is also known as atopic dermatitis. This chronic skin disorder can affect the face, ears, arms, hands, wrists, neck, upper chest, feet, elbows and knees. Occasionally it occurs in other areas of the body as well. People with eczema frequently have members of their family who suffer from hay fever, asthma or eczema. This problem may occur in infancy or adulthood. It is not contagious.

Symptoms

Symptoms of eczema may include inflammation and red rashes which may be itchy, scaly, leathery or dry. They may also sting or have a burning sensation. Sometimes they are accompanied by skin blisters that crust over and ooze a clear fluid. Persistent scratching may cause the skin to thicken.

Causes

Eczema tends to run in families and is thought to be caused by allergies. other causes include the body's inability to excrete toxins, a faulty body metabolism, nutritional deficiencies, stress, and extremes in weather like cold and dry, or hot.

Cautions

Extreme cases may need medical attention and a different approach to eczema treatment. Cracking and oozing of the rash opens up the body to the risk of infection, which needs appropriate medical care.

Herbal Eczema Treatments

Internal Applications

External Applications

Aromatherapy

Essential oils can be used in individually or in a blend mixed in a carrier oil in the bath or in a massage. Oils that may be used in treatment of eczema include chamomile, frankincense, geranium and lavender.

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