What is Eczema
An inflammatory condition of the skin characterized by redness, itching, and oozing vesicular lesions, which become scaly, crusted, or hardened.
Always remember this; any medical name for an illness ending with the letters itis, almost 99.9% of the time means inflammation.
Sometimes I used to wonder if psoriasis and eczema were the same conditions, with one being more severe than the other. My reason for saying this is because when you have eczema (as a nurse, you would know) the skin will shed and new skin will be formed within approximately six weeks.
My first experience seeing this condition is when I moved to England and worked in the hospital. On few occasions, it was so bad you could see the dust on the floor from the shedding of the skin and other times the patients’ skin would be weepy or oozing from the sores that develop.
We would use calamine lotion, or we would bathe the patients in the bathtub with various ointments or solutions.
But after soaking them in the bathtub the tub would really have to be sterilized for the next patient. That was how bad it was. Thinking back and remembering what it was like to nurse patients with this condition, all I can say today is, “Wow!”
In my opinion, eczema can be caused by the cold dryness in your home. Having a humidifier or A.C will definitely help to rectify this immediately.
If it’s winter and the home is also cold then that kind of environment would dry out your skin. The dryness combined with a poor acidic diet (i.e., meats, starches, dairy, etc…) and not drinking enough fluids is the perfect breathing ground to dry out a person’s skin.
You may start to scratch or itch, and with continual itching or scratching you can break out into sores on the skin, which would turn into dermatitis.
Eczema can lead to dermatitis, if not caught in time.
Now that you have dermatitis, you may start to drink a lot of water, thinking that drinking more water may moisten the skin. But this is so far from the truth. Think about it for a second–if you are drinking a lot of water, that would mean you’re urinating a lot. This is not the way to moisten the skin.
Some doctors will suggest mineral oil, but NO, NO, NO! I would never use that. Instead, use coconut oil after taking a bath or shower.
Some people use cosmetic or over-the-counter soaps, which has lye in it which dries out the skin. I would recommend taking a bath or shower in lukewarm water and after you have a taken a shower or bath do not dry the skin completely; you should pat the skin gently with a towel and avoid the skin from drying out completely.
Have a good moisturizer, for example, coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil. You can even go to the health store and buy an organic soap with no artificial ingredients, or even try not using soap at all. For those of you who could handle not using soap, maybe bathe once a day, as opposed to bathing twice a day. Just think about it–if you take a hot shower or bath, and then you go out in the cold, you are damaging your skin.
A word of advice: When you get older, in your 70’s or 80’s plus, after bathing in so much hot water for so many years, it will cause you to lose elasticity in your skin. The skin will have stretched out and it will retract.
In closing, I would like to add the following:
- Look after yourself
- Wear cotton clothing or natural fibers this will allow your pores to breath and remember that towels and sheets also touch the skin.
- I will tell everyone to stay away from MICRO FABRICS. This material is man-made and will not allow your skin to breathe.
- Eat more greens, drink clean water, and lay off the acidic foods!
My final advice is to mothers…before you use any soaps or lotions on your baby’s skin try it on your skin first. And instead of using Johnson’s baby powder or any other over the counter non-organic powder on your baby’s skin, think twice and try to refrain from using.
Should by accident, any of the powders get into your baby’s eyes, this could cause blindness or severe irritation to your child. My suggestion to you when powdering your baby’s skin try arrowroot powder, it all natural, you can find it at your local health store. Your baby will thank you for it.
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