By Neepa Sevak
Overview of Eczema
Eczema is an inflammatory skin disorder. It is described by patches of dry, red, flaky skin, often accompanied by areas that are inflamed, broken, moist and oozing. Homeopathy proposes very good treatment for eczema. According to Homeopathic principles, skin affections are usually an expression of an internal disorder and are therefore not treated only with external applications. Homeopathic medicines work towards eliminating the basic sensitivity to develop such a lesion using internal medicine. This approach not only successfully removes the eczema but also removes the possibility of recurrence of eczema. Homeopathy considers any skin disease as an expression of lowered vitality and immunity. Therefore, Homeopathic remedies cure by enhancing the immunity level of the affected individual. Based on a report, published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine, a one-year study of one to sixteen year-old children with eczema was documented. The children treated with Homeopathy had equal or better results than those treated with corticosteroids. Those children whose conditions were worse at the beginning of the study had greater degrees of improvement with the Homeopathic treatment.
The various types of eczema
- Atopic eczema
- Allergic contact dermatitis
- Irritant contact dermatitis
- Infantile seborrhoeic eczema
- Adult seborrhoeic eczema
- Varicose eczema
- Discoid eczema
Various causes of eczema
Eczema is not caused by one specific allergy. It is influenced by many environmental factors like:
- Synthetic or woolen fabrics
- Washing powders, industrial chemicals and dyes, cement, garden plants, bracelets and watch straps, rubber boots and gloves, etc.
- Food allergies
- Cigarette smoke
- Cats and dogs
- House dust mites
- Grass pollen
- Cosmetics, hairsprays, perfumes, antiperspirants and deodorants.
- Nickel fastening and underwear elastic.
- Weather changes and emotional stress.
- Poor drainage of blood due to stagnation in the varicose veins causes varicose eczema.
Symptoms of eczema
- Dry, red, inflamed, flaky patches on skin
- Thickening, cracking and scaling of skin
How common is eczema?
Eczema is a very common problem in children under the age of 12. Children with a parent, grandparent, sibling who have had Eczema, Hay fever or Asthma have an 80% chance of getting Eczema. Most children get it when they are under the age of 1 year. According to statistics, 15 – 25% of all dermatological patients suffer from Eczema. Surveys have shown that Eczema prevalence is increasing day by day.
Why Homeopathy for eczema?
Conventional approach to eczema is oral or local application of corticosteroids, antihistamines, etc. which does not cure the condition but offers temporary relief to eczema. Whereas Homeopathy is the most effective, natural, safe and long lasting answer for eczema. Homeopathy offers an individual approach, which goes to the root of the eczema and heals eczema from within, hence offering a long lasting cure instead of temporary relief. The remedies are safe, natural and non-toxic without any side effects. The success rate reported by most Homeopathic practitioners is more than 90%.