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    What is the best treatment for eczema?

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    Lyn Craven

    Bowen Therapist, Naturopath, Nutritionist, Western Herbal Medicine Practitioner

    I specialise in gastrointestinal health problems, (leaky gut syndrome, allergies, bloating, candida, IBS, constipation, dysbiosis, reflux), women's health, back/neck pain, RSI, carpel tunnel syndrome, rotating/tilting … View Profile

    Natural medicine plays an important role in treating excema

    Some people swing between skin flare ups and asthma  - referred to as atopic excema

    I have treated both.

    Long standing cases will take longer to resolve, so consistency is important.

    Herbal creams can be made up to relieve the itch and sometimes weeping that can occur - all with anti bacterial properties in them along with anti inflammatory.

    What works for one may not for another, you need to be patient and dietary changes may be required.

    Many people do not wish to give up their favorite food - this could be the offending food i.e. dairy, whett, strawberries, corn, it is different for everyone.

    Functional labs can ascertain far more what you are allergic to.  Always give up dairy.

    Excellent results have been achieved with long standing cases.  One example person in mid 30's who suffered the disorder since baby - including asthma.  His consistency paid off.

    Stress can trigger outbreaks.  I encourage people to practice daily meditation and I also treat with Bowen therapy to ensure entire gastro intestinal tract is working well, freeing up stagnant energy.  The case quoted included these therapies and was successful.

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    Prof. Samuel Zagarella

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    A/Professor Samuel Zagarella graduated with Honours from the University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine in 1984. He obtained his specialist Dermatologist qualification and became Fellow … View Profile

    The best treatment starts with a good moisturizer used every single day, and soap substitutes to wash with. These are available at supermarkets or chemists and it is not necessary to buy expensive brands.
    If these do not help then prescription treatments from your dermatologist are required.

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    Ben Harvey

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    steroids are the worst thing for ezcema it gives you a false reality that the actual bad acids in the tissue that creates ezcema from bad eating is gone but in actual fact all it does is hide it and when the steriods wear of the kneck and the facial areas start to thicken up and dry up straight away because all steriods do is hide the irratation.

    quite simply the best thing for ezcema is good eating habits and you dont need to get rid of every single bad product of of you diet its a about getting rid of the fizzy drinks and ice cream because products like the create acid in the blood tissue and that is what aggreavates the skin.

    THE BEST CREAM/TREAMENT IS CHINESE EZCEMA CREAM because it actually get rid of the acid the tissue something that steriods dont

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    Dr Anne Halbert

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    Dr Anne Halbert is a paediatric dermatologist in Perth, Western Australia. After completing her dermatology training and becoming a Fellow of the Australasian College of … View Profile

    The treatment of eczema should include:

    a. Avoidance of aggravating factors, including exposure to irritants (soap, shampoo, bubble bath, strong chlorine, grass, sand) and allergens.

    b. Good moisturizing to improve the general condition of the skin

    c. Treatment of areas of inflammation, which usually needs topical corticosteroid ointments. It is very important not to be afraid of these ointments, which are incredibly safe when used properly. The best approach is to aggressively clear the inflammation as soon as it appears. It is important to treat all areas, not just the worst. Many people have heard these ointments “thin the skin” but this is actually a rare side effect as eczema thickens the skin. The longer eczema is left untreated the more the skin thickens (a process called lichenification), making it then more difficult for treatments to penetrate and help.

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    JaneP

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    Thank you for this advice!  I have facial eczema that is
    getting out of control.   I only use corticosteroid creams sparingly, and have
    tried to do without it with no success.
    This makes me feel a little happier about using the ointment !

  • Ben Harvey

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    dont use corticosteriod cream they are very bad it will thin your skin out and it dosent get rid of the actual acid in the skins tissue that creates ezcema

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    Ben Harvey

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    from a person that has atopic ezcema all my life you should not use sterios it destroys the skin by thining it out is destoys the kidneys and after the streriods wear of it acctualy makes the skin worst with redness and hard then to drying out

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