Eczema is a skin condition in which there are an irritation and inflammation of the skin. The red, inflamed and irritated skin can cause emotional and psychosocial stress in affected individuals. However, it is neither a serious problem nor is it contagious. However, Eczema is often seen in infants and children, and most will outgrow it before school age. But, for a number of individuals, it can remain a long-lasting problem.
WHAT CAUSES ECZEMA?
Eczema is caused due to an exaggerated response by the body’s immune system to an irritant. It is usually seen in families with a history of other allergic conditions. Besides the cause, there are causes which can result in flare-ups. Some individuals can have eczema flare-ups in response to particular substances or conditions, for example, rough materials or a reaction to the hot or cold weather. Contact with products like soap or detergent, or animal dander can also cause an outbreak and even stress may worsen eczema.
The indicators of eczema vary from person to person. Even the appearance of the rash may be different, depending on the area involved. The intensity of eczema can vary from mild to moderate to severe. Usually, in eczema, the skin is dry and sensitive and itchy. The itch can be so intense that a patient may scratch the skin until it bleeds, which only worsens eczema, resulting in more itching. Eczema severity can also show variation – there are times when it may get worse and times when your skin becomes clear.
Following are the common symptoms of eczema:
- Itching that may be severe, particularly at night.
- Red to brownish-grey patches, especially on the hands, feet, ankles, wrists, neck, upper chest, eyelids, inside the bend of the elbows and knees.
- Small, raised bumps, which may ooze fluid and crust over when scratched.
- Thickened, cracked dry, scaly skin.
- Raw, sensitive, swollen skin from scratching.
COMPLICATIONS OF ECZEMA
Neurodermatitis (lichen simplex chronicus) is one of the complications of eczema, which starts with a patch of itchy skin. Scratching this area can increase the intensity of itching, further resulting in the affected skin to be discolored, thick and leathery. Repeated scratching breaks the skin, which escalates the risk of infection from bacteria and viruses. Other complications include eye problems (itching around the eyes, watering of an eye), irritant hand dermatitis, and allergic contact dermatitis. In some cases, eczema can precede asthma and hay fever. Additionally, eczema can result in sleep disturbance and behavioral problem. Childhood eczema can have a profound effect on the quality of life of both the child who is suffering as well as the family. Itching and soreness due to eczema can cause sleeplessness, which results in tiredness, mood swings and compromised the psychosocial functioning of the child and family. Eczema can often leave a patient feeling embarrassed and subject to comments, teasing, and bullying, which could make the person feel lonely and result in depression.
HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT FOR ECZEMA
Homeopathic medicines aim at treating the person, not just the disease. Homeopathic medicines tenderly boost the power of our immune system to clean the illness from its roots. It selects an appropriate remedy to treat the individual — keeping in mind their physical, mental and emotional states, family history, and so on.
Eczema is evidenced to respond to homeopathic treatment most favorably. Homeopathy not only removes eczema cause from its roots, but it also prevents the possibility of reappearance — a worrying prospect of conventional treatment. Homeopathy also helps to get rid of the possibility of hypersensitivity disorders such as allergies or asthma being triggered once eczema is treated successfully.