Eczema skin problems are believed to be predominantly heredity and outbreaks can be triggered by food sensitivities or allergies, contact allergies, stress, climate, toxins, and other external forces. Eczema skin symptoms can be quite bothersome because of intense itching and burning. Sometimes breakouts will be worse due to irritation from internal or external sources. Some of the symptoms include itching, burning, oozing, extreme dryness, and inflammation. Suffering with atopic dermatitis can result in a person experiencing psychological problems and depression. Treatment for dermatitis usually includes topical steroids and non-steroids, antihistamines, and sometimes antibiotics are needed for infection. There are also some natural remedies that contain vitamins, minerals, herbs, and antioxidants.
Dermatitis seems to run in families and is a common problem with infants and children. Along with dermatitis an infant who is susceptible will often have other allergy related problems such as asthma and hay fever. Eczema skin symptoms in infants and children will worsen if exposed to the culprit allergen. A good way to find out what allergens are affecting a child is to observe when a child seems to be scratching more, or develops a cough, or even a runny nose and think about what he or she has been exposed to. Sometimes eating a food source will bring on aggravating symptoms of intense itching and inflammation. Some common food culprits are peanuts, citrus fruits, dairy products, eggs, corn, and wheat.
Outbreaks of atopic dermatitis can be triggered by different things in the environment such as pet dander, plants, pollution, a dry climate, detergents, perfumes, and dyes. Some people have reactions to metals such as gold and silver. Eczema skin problems can also surface because of dust, mold, mildew, cigarette smoke, and from being exposed to certain fabrics such as wool. Seeing an allergist might help since there are allergy tests that can reveal sensitivities to things in the environment as well as to some foods. These tests are not usually recommended for children under the age of 2 because children often seem to outgrow some of their eczema skin symptoms as they get older.
Anyone who suffers with dermatitis will often say that the worse part is the itching and burning. Intense scratching can actually damage the skin, cause infection, and eventually result in scarring. Some of the psychological problems associated with it can affect a person’s self-esteem and self-confidence. Eczema skin symptoms can lead to those affected withdrawing from life and suffering with depression. Children who suffer with breakouts are subject to ridicule and judgment from their peers. They won’t want to participate in activities that show the affected areas of their body. The psychological problems should be addressed as part of the treatment process especially for those who have severe problems. Those who suffer with dermatitis may find comfort in God’s word because His desire for His children is that they be well. “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” (3 John 1:2)
A doctor will often recommend the importance of finding the right products for bathing that won’t aggravate eczema skin problems but serve to heal, moisturize, and soothe the skin. Hot water is very drying and should be avoided when bathing so lukewarm water should be used instead. One of the best ways to moisturize the skin is when it is still wet; so use a moisturizer right after bathing before drying off completely.
Conventional treatment for atopic dermatitis will usually include topical steroids and antihistamines. Other things that help the itching are soothing ointments and creams. Ointments and creams that contain steroids may be prescribed by a doctor since over-the-counter cortisone creams do not contain enough steroids to make a difference especially with severe cases. However, using prescribed steroids too much can result in thinning of the skin, growth problems in children, stretch marks, and infection.
Severe cases of atopic dermatitis in adults may call for some other types of treatments. Sometimes steroids are prescribed and given through an injection for cases that haven’t responded to other treatments. Immunosuppressive drugs may be prescribed by a physician in order to restrain the patient’s immune system and minimize eczema skin symptoms. These drugs contain side effects that should be considered before taking them. Some of the side effects are high blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, headaches, kidney problems, and an increased risk of cancer. Steroid and immunosuppressive drugs are usually only given to patients who has a severe case of dermatitis and only for a short period of time.
Natural remedies that may be effective in some cases when treating atopic dermatitis include ointments and creams that contain vitamins, minerals, herbs, and antioxidants. Vitamin E oil is often used in ointments and creams along with evening primrose oil, lavender, chamomile, red clover, and goldenrod. Eczema skin problems respond well to natural organic products such as almond oil, aloe vera, calendula oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado oil, and jojoba.
Eating healthy is important for those who suffer with atopic dermatitis. Eating foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids are good for the skin. These can be found in flaxseed, salmon, mackerel, halibut, and rainbow trout. Another way to get this substance is by taking supplements. Other good things to eat include whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, foods high in fiber, low-fat dairy products, and low-fat organic meats. Drinking plenty of liquids, especially water, and getting plenty of sleep will also help in treating eczema.