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Eczema – get relief with homoeopathy

13 September, 2011

If you have eczema you have probably tried it all, wasted money on various creams and potions, despaired over yet another failed promise and resigned yourself to a wardrobe full of long sleeved shirts.

A whole range of natural remedies – either singly or in combination – can help. But many people find relief with well chosen homoeopathic remedies.

Eczema falls into a group of problems called atopic diseases, Atopic diseases usually run in families and one might find eczema, asthma, hay fever, allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis and food allergies or intolerances in several members and generations of a family.

Some people can move through the diseases, for example, having eczema as a baby, which later disappears only to have been replaced by asthma or hay fever.

Atopic diseases are also known as inherited IgE-mediated diseases. IgE stands for the immunoglobulin E class of antibodies. IgE antibodies bind to special cells in the circulation and when these encounter antigens or allergens, the cells release chemicals to attack the allergens. Unfortunately the surrounding tissues are also affected resulting in the inflammation, redness and itching associated with eczema.

Why and when does it occur

Eczema can flare up when your body’s natural defences encounter allergens. An allergen can be anything that stimulates an immune response. Usually these substances are harmless but in the atopic person, an immune response is initiated, leading to allergic reactions.

The body defences persistently attack the allergens but also injure surrounding tissue as a consequence. The skin symptoms which we call eczema can appear as dry and scaly or wet and weepy. It can produce bleeding or cracked skin.

Aggravating factors can be emotional or environmental or often a combination of both. You may find you experience flare ups when going through an emotional or stressful time in your life.

Additionally a flare up can be caused by something in your immediate surroundings, such as contact with irritants like latex, detergent, animals or wool. Perhaps changes in temperature, pollen count or humidity aggravate your eczema, causing it to appear seasonal. Keeping track of your triggers can help reduce flare ups.