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Helping Eczema with Homeopathy

What is eczema?

Eczema is an allergic condition whereby abnormalities in the immune system promote an overproduction of inflammatory and allergic reactions in the skin. It is common in infants and toddlers and often appears when the child is teething. There are 5 types of eczema : atopic (allergic), infantile seborrheic, adult seborrheic, occupational irritant contact and allergic contact dermatitis.

Symptoms

Eczema is intensely itchy and the skin may be flaky, thick, scaly, weeping or crusty. The skin inflammation commonly appears on the wrists, ankles, face, creases of knees, ears, between the fingers and on the elbows. Skin thickening often occurs after much scratching and rubbing and bacterial or viral infections can happen.

Causes

There may be a family history of eczema. Triggers include stress, infections and climate change. Common allergens include food additives and preservatives, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, tomatoes, oranges and peanuts. Poor digestion may also be a cause. There may also be a severe fatty acid deficiency with the skin unable to hold moisture properly. Environmental allergens such as jewellery, cosmetics, perfumes, latex and rubber may also be the source of the problem.

What can I do? 

  • Use simple, non-irritating moisturizers that are free from artificial fragrances, colorants, and parabens.
  • Oatmeal baths can provide relief from itching but don’t stay in the bath too long.
  • Take a food sensitivity test to find out what foods are causing your eczema
  • Have your thyroid checked. Low thyroid impairs the immune system causing increased inflammation
  • Don’t take immune boosters as they increase inflammation
  • Eat lots of vegetables and fruits
  • Take Borage oil or GLA oil internally (essential fatty acids)
  • Drink pure clean filtered water daily

Homeopathy for eczema

Homeopathic remedies can give immense relief from eczema and are chosen based on the individual’s particular symptoms.

Sulphur
Intense itching, burning itching, may scratch until raw or bleeding skin.
Worse at night and on becoming heated, particularly heat of the bed.
Suppressed eczema as a child.  Generally feels hot
Common locations are margins of hair, groin and the feet

Calcarea Carbonica
An important homeopathic in the treatment of eczema in children especially those who have had Cradle Cap.  Teething is often difficult and late.  The child may be fair haired and chubby.  The eczema will be in patches often in the folds of the skin and be very itchy.  Dairy products may aggravate this eczema.

Graphites
Dry eczema with thick yellow or honey-like discharge
Eczema with deep cracks in the skin
Hard thick skin, eruptions are often in the folds of the skin or behind the ears

Petroleum
The eczema is nearly always dry but so dry it can be painful.
Often people who work with their hands using chemicals.
Scratches until the skin bleeds, wounds fester
Small vesicles break over and then crust over.
Location hands, fingers, groin and skin folds.

Rhus Tox
Begins as tiny vesicles which itch intensely and break open when scratched producing a watery discharge.  The eruption then dries, crusts over and cracks.
Burning pain worse in water and on becoming heated
Arms, hands, face and genital region.

There are many other homeopathic remedies that can help depending on your symptoms. 

Emily’s Story:

Toddler Emily came to see me because of her eczema. She had patches of tiny red spots under the folds of her neck and under her chin, plus some patches on her belly. The skin started to itch after teething. She scratched her skin a lot and it was obviously annoying her.

Her mother’s pregnancy went well and other than the skin issues Emily was a happy youngster. There was some eczema in her family on the Mothers side.

The homeopathic remedy Calcarea Carbonica 30ch was given daily for 2 weeks.

One month later Emily was doing well. Her skin was clear and her mother was introducing new foods into her diet with no problem. Mother and Emily were very happy.

Tell me about it

I would be really interested to hear about the skin issues you are having and what has and hasn’t worked for you. Leave a comment below.

Work with me

If you would like to discuss your skin issues with me directly to see how I can help, just send me a message via the contact form here on the website – https://judecorfield.com/contact/ or message me on Facebook – m.me/judecorfieldhomeopathy.

Jude Corfield R S Hom (NA)  judehomeopath@live.ca