Natural Eczema Treatment or Cure - Does it Exist?
|Eczema is generally considered an
allergic problem. The incidence of eczema has
been steadily increasing for many years
even though medical science continues to make ever more powerful steroid
type drugs for the problem. Eczema
is often associated with food intolerances and with Multiple Chemical
Sensitivity from exposure to many chemicals over a
period of time.
Very importantly for eczema sufferers in more recent times, the incidence of severe eczema seems to be directly related to the proliferation of chemicals in our diets, environment and in personal care products applied to the skin and used in the mouth. Toiletries, which at first glance would appear innocuous and benign could well be a major contributing factor in the onset of eczema and other disorders in children and adults alike. Many of the toxic chemicals in toiletries could be more harmful than ever thought possible
Whether or not toxic chemicals are playing a large part in the increase of eczema... you can be the judge, after reading this Natural Health Report and other articles about toxic chemicals on the site.
Allergens and toxic synthetic chemicals should be the first suspects in eczema
With eczema, irritants may be more important than allergens in causing eczema symptoms to appear. The most common irritants include the following.
Eczema is generally first noticed in young children who often go on to grow out of the condition when they reach adulthood however many don't and suffer ongoing and worsening skin conditions. Unfortunately for an ever increasing percentage of the population, eczema can start even in adulthood although there was no sign of the problem as a child. For some children the problem never goes away and they are destined to cope by using steroid creams to ease the inflammation. Steroids although useful in treating the symptoms of the disease, do nothing to overcome the underlying cause of eczema in the first place. The most important consideration when treating eczema is to get to the bottom of the problem and find the cause and not just treat the symptoms with palliative drugs.
Laundry detergent: Biological washing powders contain enzymes which are often associated with the onset of eczema. Often you will find washing powders no longer mention the word "biological" and you may not be aware of enzymes in the laundry detergent you are using. Basically any powder designed for low temperature washing will contain enzymes and could well be the cause of eczema in susceptible individuals. Use enzyme free low irritant detergents to eliminate this problem. It is hard to find safe non toxic laundry detergents but they are available if you are prepared to look for them. Back to Top
Detergents: Household detergents and cleaning products commonly cause skin complaints in many individuals. Although products we apply to the skin are required by law to have the ingredients contained in them listed on the container... detergent manufacturers are not required by law to list the ingredients. Have a look at your dish washing liquid. You will not find what the chemicals are that are contained in it. The most common chemical used in dish washing liquid for example is sodium lauryl sulphate a powerful foaming agent used as an industrial cleaner and is a known irritant and potential carcinogen. Also triclosan a toxic and quite dangerous chemical is commonly found in dish drops and cleaners. Back to Top
Soap: Soap is a very common sensitiser for many people due to the sodium hydroxide content. Sodium hydroxide, commonly called caustic soda, is a powerful pipe line cleaner used for degreasing sewer pipes and drains. This chemical is also a powerful sensitiser for many people and is often the most important contributing factor in the onset of eczema for susceptible people. Back to Top
Shampoo and Bubble Bath: We blithely accept what we are fed by a plethora of vested interests hell bent on selling an image of health and beauty to us in media ads, all designed to get us to use a particular shampoo or conditioner. Unfortunately for many of the people these ads are designed to influence, it is not the sleek images of health and beauty we end up with, but often compromised health because of specific intolerances to "safe" chemicals contained in the formulations. The main culprit found in shampoo is sodium lauryl sulphate... yes the same powerful degreaser found in washing up detergent and workshop floor degreasers! Also found in cheap shampoos and bubble baths (and the not so cheap ones) is formaldehyde a known carcinogen. Formaldehyde is used as a glue in industry and as an embalming fluid for preserving bodies and a foot rot treatment for livestock! It is a powerful irritant and proven carcinogen and should never be in contact with the skin. Back to Top
Air Fresheners: Air fresheners are chemicals! Labeling laws do not require manufacturers to list what chemicals are contained in air fresheners. Generally speaking every time you spray an aerosol deodorant or air freshener you are filling your house with minute toxic particles of artificial musk which contribute to the chemical overload most of us are already suffering from. Asthma sufferers may experience an immediate attack whereas other intolerant individuals may break out in eczema sometime after inhaling the chemicals. Generally speaking if you are suffering from eczema make sure you DO NOT use aerosols of any description in the house. Back to Top
Household Disinfectants: Whilst cleanliness is next to Godliness in some people's eyes, this preoccupation by most of the population in maintaining bacteria free surfaces etc with special hi potency bacteria killers, is having a profound effect on our health and the health of our loved ones. We are meant to cope with bacteria and by frequent low level exposure to most harmful types of bacteria we become inoculated to the effects of all the common bacteria found in the home. However we do not become used to or inoculated to chemicals. Frequent exposure to chemicals no matter what the source, end up sensitising us to them. The first indication this is happening is more often than not an outbreak of eczema. One of the chemicals with a bad reputation is triclosan which is also found in insect repellents. To ensure useful bacteria are replaced in your system it pays to supplement with a Certified Organic Probiotic formula. Back to Top
Toothpaste: Whilst cleaning your teeth with an over the counter toothpaste may seem like a simple and safe everyday ritual for most people... think again. Pick up that tube of toothpaste and read the label. If you are in the US you will see a health warning on the container asking you to supervise any young child when they are brushing their teeth. This is meant to ensure the child does not ingest a lethal or potentially damaging level of chemicals contained in the toothpaste which may cause death or irreversible health conditions!!!!!!!!!! Back to Top
What an earth are we putting such chemicals in our mouths for? The warning labels were put on toothpaste in the US after a young child actually died from swallowing too much of the toothpaste. Chemicals to look for in toothpaste which are known sensitizers and potentially linked with eczema are once again triclosan, sodium hydroxide, sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and of course the ubiquitous sodium fluoride the toxic by product of aluminium smelter and fertiliser manufacturing which authorities tell us is good for our teeth! Back to Top
Skin care products: Once again powerful vested interests through using images of sleek, young, sexy models have carved a massive market for personal care products like skin care emollients and creams. The chemicals to look for contained in most skin care products are propylene glycol and formaldehyde. Propylene glycol and related chemical ethylene glycol was first used in industry as anti-freeze and hydraulic brake fluid before it found its way into our food supply and personal care products. Although undoubtedly proven "safe" by the limited tests vested interests and industry have carried out on this particular chemical, serious concerns remain about what the long term effects are on human health. If you are suffering with eczema then I would suggest throwing out any product containing propylene glycol as it may be a contributing factor to your eczema. The other common toxic ingredients found in skin care products are formaldehyde which is used as a preservative and is a proven carcinogen, Triclosan a dangerous chlorophenol is also found in some skin care products and insect repellents designed to be rubbed into the skin. I suggest to be completely free of potentially damaging chemicals it's wise to use only CERTIFIED ORGANIC products. This way you can be sure there are no toxic synthetic chemicals in them. Back to Top
Synthetic Fabrics: Whilst the majority of us don't have any real problem with wearing synthetic fibres, for those of us that have been chemically sensitised, any cloth made from synthetics could act as a trigger for an outbreak of eczema. Recent research done on Teflon, which is commonly found in all sorts of fabrics now, is indicating this chemical has a longer life in the environment than what DDT has. After “unexpected toxicological and bioaccumulation discoveries” in the entire class of perfluorinated chemicals, a commonly used fabric guard known as "Scotchguard" (perfluorooctane sulfonates) was removed from the market. Neither product breaks down in the environment and both cause various cancers and adverse effects on health. Keep synthetic fibres away from direct contact with the skin and don't sit on or allow an eczema sufferer to sit on fabric which has been "treated" with a chemical protectorant! Back to Top
Hard Water: High calcium content in water may also contribute to skin problems although rarely would hard water be considered to be the actual cause. It is more likely that bore water or well water containing high calcium carbonate is simply acting as an irritant to an existing condition. Also another factor could well be that far more soap and consequently sodium hydroxide is used to lather the water and so exposes the skin to more of this aggressive chemical. Use soft pure water to gentle cleanse raw skin if you live in a hard water area. Back to Top
Dry Heat: Central heating can dry the skin and contribute to the onset of eczema. Again rarely would it simply be dry heat causing the problem. Dry heat would probably be a contributing factor exacerbating a condition already caused by chemical allergy. Back to Top
Scratching: As with the two previous paragraphs scratching makes worse an existing condition and children should be discouraged from scratching at itchy areas. In a very young child it may be necessary to use gloves to prevent them infecting raw skin with their finger nails. Back to Top
Other potential causes of eczema
My suggestion to you, if you or a loved is suffering from ongoing eczema, is to completely eliminate all the toxic chemicals mentioned above and to try to eat as naturally as you can. Increase the intake of live food and of essential fatty acids especially omega 3 found in oily fish and meat from grass fed animals and free range chicken eggs along with organic vegetables and fruit and a reduction in grains in your diet. Preferably eliminate all grains and sugars in the diet and eliminate trans-fatty acids as found in margarine and solid vegetable oils.
Toxic chemicals are everywhere and you will need to make a conscious effort to rid them from your body and from your personal environment and only use only Safe Products
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