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Homeopathy for Eczema

By on Mar 16, 2011

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Latest NHS statistics show that 1 in 4 children in the UK have some form of eczema. The symptoms usually start between the ages of 2-3 months to 2 years. Eczema is also common in adulthood, and is linked to stress and food allergies. Babies often develop eczema as a result of milk allergies. External irritants, such as perfumes, shampoos or washing powders can also cause eczema symptoms. Homeopathic practitioners recommend homeopathy for Eczema.

The general symptoms of eczema are dry, scaly, itchy and red inflamed skin. The intensity of the symptoms can vary from person to person. Some people on develop mild eczema, which requires only occasional application of moisturising creams. Others can have severe eczema that requires intense treatment and can affect their daily lives.

Homeopathy is a very effective form of treatment for eczema. It is important to consult a qualified homeopath when treating eczema.   
Self prescribing or buying remedies over the counter can possibly aggravate the symptoms. Eczema will require management by the homeopath, who will prescribe natural remedies based on the individual symptoms. Family history, allergies and other general symptoms will help the homeopath to prescribe the most appropriate remedies.  It is worth noting that treatment will require a few consultations (depending on the severity of the eczema).

Conventional treatment involves the application of emollients that are based on petroleum, bath oils, antihistamines and steroid creams. All of these treatments work by suppressing the symptoms. Steroid creams such as hydrocortisone may initially seem like a miracle cure, but long term use is not recommended in young children. Long term use can lead to thinning of the skin, weak bones and a lowered immune system, but there are many natural alternatives to these steroid creams. Steroid creams need to be withdrawn gradually, under the guidance of your homeopath.

Natural creams that can be used safely are Calendula, Stellaria and Urtica Urens. These natural creams can be used by the whole family and will help moisturise the skin and help stop the itching.

The conventional creams block the skin and prevent the skin from “breathing”. The skin is an organ that needs to detox, to expel toxins. By blocking the pores on skin, this process is prevented. Many children who suffer with eczema go on to develop asthma. One theory behind this is that by suppressing the eczema symptoms with steroid creams, the toxins spread deeper into the lungs, leading to asthma.

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