Jun 29, 2021
This is the second of a series of episodes about skin conditions.
I have become known as a complementary dermatologist for supporting people with skin conditions in a natural way. Remember that the information I give is for guidance and for your understanding and not for treatment or diagnosis purposes.
Eczema is a distressing condition which affects many children and adults. It is often treated with steroid creams and treatments which do not help in the long term healing and rebalancing of the body. When you understand what is happening when the body presents with eczema you can find great relief and healing with the right steps of body support.
The difference between eczema and dermatitis
Eczema is usually more localised than dermatitis and you usually find it in the cubital fossa (inner elbow) or the popliteal fossa (behind the knee). Other common areas include around the neck, mouth and eyes. Eczema can be considered as an atopic presentation, meaning it is a long standing condition which tends to flare periodically.
There are different ways that eczema can present, including:
What triggers eczema to flare?
When eczema flares, it is the immune system saying, “I am not happy. There is something annoying me. Please can we get rid of this trigger!” We then need to look at what these triggers may be and we address both external and internal factors.
External factors include pollens, grasses, animal fur, food, dust mites and chemical agents. We also have internal factors like stress hormones which can create an aggravation.
If the eczema is red, hot, itchy and/or burning then we know we are having a histamine response (see last week's episode # 30).
Factors to consider with eczema
We need to consider each of these factors and perhaps change more than one but not every case will need to have each area addressed. Quite often, the difficulty is trying to work out what is causing the problem. Is it internal or external, environmental or nutrition or a combination?!
As a rule of thumb, when we are treating eczema we:
Acid forming foods include fizzy drinks, coffee, alcohol (especially spirits),wheat and dairy
Also look out for meals that can be triggering as a whole. For example Spaghetti bolognaise where the wheat is acid forming, the tomato is high in histamine and the cheese is both acid and histamine forming.
A big misunderstanding is when we say, cut out grains and then people reach for gluten free carbohydrates. Gluten-free is not necessarily the solution as there are other proteins which can be triggering to the immune system which are found in other grains, aside from wheat.
If there is an acute flare-up of a chronic condition, for example a person with red, how, swollen and itchy patches but who also has lichen-like patches of skin (usually around wrists and ankles), we look at treating the problem area first (the acute flare up) and then we address the bigger picture.
When we look at the bigger picture we quite often find more than one condition (not just eczema). For example, impetigo (school sores) and eczema or acne and eczema. In these cases we have to prioritise what we are treating (we can’t address everything at once). We prioritise by treating what is the most aggravating first.
For professional support with your skin conditions
Book an appointment with Maria Arora at https://www.aurorahealingcodes.co