Affection of the skin quite common, theeczema can be triggered both in the new born (from a family of allergies), the teenager or that at the adult.
During Last 3 decades in industrialized countries, like allergies, health measures relating toepidemic eczema were multiplied by 3.
Today, there are 1/5 of children under the age of 7 and 18% of children between 7 and 16, who are prone to this form of itchy dermatosis.
In France, this skin disease affects nowadays, 20% of children against 3 to 5% 3 decades ago.
Often associated withasthma or other forms of reactions allergic, eczema is said to be the result of upheaval order genetic but also environmental.
Today, eczema represents 30% of the reasons for consultations in dermatology and would affect 2% to 10% of adults.
How is this type of condition managed? Can we relieve by the plants ? Answers in the following lines….
Eczema: here's what you need to know ...
Definition of Eczema:
Defined as a inflammation of the skin, eczema is characterized by itching, fine vesicles, redness and flaking. This disease of the skin that affects different types of population, is not contagious. Its mechanism would affect the skin cells which act as an "obstacle" for allergens and, the immune system.
Origins and causes of eczema
There are 2 types of eczema: l‘Contact eczema and theatopic eczema. But, what are the causes ?
There are various possibilities that explain the appearance of eczema:
- Contact eczema
Usually affecting adults, contact eczema appears following contact with a metal (costume jewelry) or a Chemical product (detergents, detergents, rubber, cosmetics, adhesive plaster, etc.).
In terms of symptoms contact eczema, the subject usually complains of itching preceded by plates red and blisters on the site that came in contact with the allergenic substance.
- Eczema or atopic dermatitis
In some cases in the infant, specialists would suspect the changes in eating habits the infant as a cause of atopic dermatitis in the event that the mother no longer has breastfeeding natural, its priority.
To this is also added the hypothesis of a fairly early exposure to food allergens.
Indeed, it turns out that exclusive breastfeeding of the newborn during the first 3 months, partly protects it against atopic eczema.
Note that this type of eczema would begenetic origin since 70% of identical twins both develop it, and 50 to 70% of parents of affected children have developed the same condition themselves.
As for the theenvironmental hypothesis, the allergens, the stress or the Sun are largely responsible for the symptoms of eczema.
Indeed, following an allergic reaction which would be provoked on contact with harmless allergens (pollen, dust, animal hair), dry and rough redness appears in the subject. They are located on the cheeks, behind the ears, in the scalp, forehead, groin, trunk, flexion folds of the knee, wrists, face, as well as in the armpit. . These lesions can also be oozing and crusty.
Moreover, in addition to stress, UV can trigger an allergic reaction. We then speak ofphoto-sensitive eczema.
Taking some drugs, coupled with the effect of the sun's rays often cause eczema attacks.
Eczema treated naturally with plants
In herbal medicine, some plants are well known for their benefits.
Regarding the treatment of eczema, we note:
The grains oats have antipruritic properties and soothing.
Indeed, these grains would make it possible to fight against itching.
It is advisable to use them externally in the form of decoction added to your bath water.
> Sweet almond
This virtuous fruit is known for his soothing action and healing.
To relieve eczema, it is indicated to be used by external channel. Massages with sweet almond oil can only be beneficial for the subject with this skin condition.
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Virtuous plant and much appreciated by infusion lovers, the chamomile is known for its softening properties, anti-inflammatory and antipruritic. To relieve skin conditions, it is recommended to apply it by external channel.
In the form ofEssential oil (2 drops added to a vegetable oil) or in cream. You can also soak a compress with chamomile infusion and apply it to the affected area.
> Shea Butter
Applied during a massage, shea butter is very beneficial for appease skin problems. It also promotes healing skin lesions.
> The Evening Primrose
Still called "evening primrose", this plant has virtues very appreciated in organic cosmetics. True anti-inflammatory, it promotes the restoration of flexibility of the'epidermis. It is used in the form ofoil externally or even capsule by internal way.
Highly prized for its anti-inflammatory properties, antipruritic, soothing and healing, the oil of Borage is indicated for massages in the affected areas of the skin. It can also be used internally in the form of capsules. Taking 1 to 2 times a day before meals is recommended by specialists.
> Green Clay
True anti-inflammatory, green clay is also known for its emollient properties and healing. It can be directly applied to the affected skin. It is also recommended to wrap it in a strip of gauze or a natural cloth before placing it on the part to be treated.
> The worries (or calendula)
His healing action and his anti-inflammatory properties, soothing and regenerative make this medicinal plant, one of the favorites in herbal medicine and in cosmetic. In cream or in a soaked compress infusion for external use, the efficacy of calendula marigold is well established in treating eczema.
Good to know about Eczema
Healing with plants is one thing, but above all, doing it with the advice of a specialist is even better.
Do not hesitate to seek advice from a herbalist, pharmacist or better yet, to your doctor.
A medical advice is always welcome, especially if the symptoms persist.