I found out through first hand experience that the more I scratched, the more the rashes spread. It began as a few innocent red bumps around the knee. And then, it spread all the way up to the thighs and dotted their way down to the ankles. That was when I learned that I had to curb the excruciating urge to scratch and claw. I ended up hitting the affected area with my palm. Painful, but at least I will not break the skin. When I really, really had to scratch, I used my finger tips (not nails) and scratch over a fabric. So, one of the most important components of an eczema treatment routine is to prevent scratching.
Some DIY methods to curb itching without consulting dermatologist or a general practitioner:
- The most common treatment is the application of lotions or creams to keep the skin as moist as possible. The drier the skin, the itchier it becomes. These treatments are generally most effective when applied directly after bathing so that the moisture from the bath will be trapped in. Don’t just use any lotions or creams. Check out creams that do not contain added fragrances or alcohol. Fragrances and alcohol can dry the already dried and leathery skin further.
- Cold compresses applied directly to itchy skin can also help relieve itching
- Application of non-prescription corticosteroid creams and ointments to reduce inflammation
- Blended vitamin E oil and patcholi and apply to the affected area.
- Take raw sprouts, and increase in-take of raw food and juices. The benefits can be found in my earlier post.
What would a doctor prescribe for you if the condition turns chronic?
- For severe flare-ups, your doctor may prescribe oral corticosteroids, but be aware that side effects including new flare-ups can develop when treatment is discontinued (this treatment is not recommended for long-term use).
- Skin affected by eczema may frequently become infected. The doctor may prescribe topical or oral antibiotics to kill the bacteria.
- For severe itching, sedative antihistamines are sometimes used to reduce the itch. Drowsiness will be a common side effect; antihistamines are usually recommended for use in the evening to help a person restless from eczema get to sleep. I had to use this from time to time when I couldn’t sleep. Deprivation of sleep causes lots of inconvenience at work the next day
- Tar treatments and phototherapy are also used; however, tar can be messy. Phototherapy requires special equipment (lights).
- Finally, in cases where eczema is resistant to therapy, the doctor may prescribe a drug called cyclosporine A. It supposedly modifies immune responses. However, this is used only in severe cases because of the serious side effects.
Like I had shared in previous posts, I had bought e-courses to improve my skin conditions and I also consumed raw sprouts to boost my immunity. Eczema can be treated but it might never be totally cured.
After 6 years, I learned to be content to keep it under control and enjoy the eczema free period as long as I can. It is possible to have a totally eczema-free skin for 1 -2 years. It is possible to keep it under control with just a few red bumps when it does surface again. The onus is on you to take precautions to prevent it from deteriorating or recurring. The responsibility is yours to take care of your diet and hygiene.
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