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Eczema and Dermatitis Herbal Treatment         
Herbs have traditionally been used to assist a person to come back to a healthy state of well being. Individual herbs, specifically prescribed for a particular situation may assist the body to come back into balance, thereby allowing a healthy homeostasis to be reinstated as nature intended. The herbalist looks to the whole person, their values and attitudes as well as their circumstances and physical condition along with other aspects of their individuality. This is in marked contrast to the allopathic medicine approach.

Below you will find an example of selected herbs for a particular condition. Herbal support can take a variety of forms and combinations, so it is vital that each person consult directly with a qualified holistic practitioner to gain the full benefit of immunity and health building support.

The terms eczema or dermatitis are used to describe certain kinds of inflamed skin conditions including allergic contact dermatitis and nummular dermatitis. Eczema can be red, blistering, oozing, scaly, brownish, or thickened and usually itches. A particular type is called atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema.

Atopic Dermatitis or Atopic Eczema:
The word "atopic" means there is a tendency for excess inflammation in the skin and linings of the nose and lungs. This often runs in families with conditions such as asthma, sensitive skin, migraines and psoriasis.

Atopic dermatitis is very common in all parts of the world. It affects about 10% of infants, while it can occur at any age it is most common in infants and young adults . The skin rash is very itchy and can be widespread, or limited to a few areas.

The condition frequently improves with adolescence, but many patients are affected throughout life, although not as severely as in early childhood.

Infantile Eczema:
This is an itchy, oozing, crusting rash and occurs mainly on the face and scalp, but patches can appear anywhere especially in flexures of elbow, neck and knees. Because of the itch, children may rub their head, cheeks, and other patches with a hand, a pillow, or anything within reach. Many babies improve before two years of age.

Eczema in Later Life:
In teens and young adults, the patches typically occur on the hands and feet. However, any area such as the bends of the elbows, backs of the knees, ankles, wrists, face, neck, and upper chest may be affected. When it appears on the palms, backs of the hands, fingers, or on the feet, there can be episodes of crusting and oozing.
Other eczema patches in this stage are typically dry, red to brownish-gray, and may be scaly or thickened. The thickened areas may last for years without treatment. The intense, almost unbearable itching can continue, and may be most noticeable at night. Some patients scratch the skin until it bleeds and crusts. When this occurs, the skin can get infected.

Paw Paw has been used with some amazing results. Applying the inside of Paw Paw skin to the effected area is all that is needed. However Paw paw ointment may be prefered.

Another avenue that may assist some people is to consider the acidity of your urine, sweat or saliva which can irritate sensitive skin. Like babies with nappy rash from their own urine or irritations at the corners of their mouths from saliva.

Fruit and juices especially apple juice and orange juice and too many tomatoes often cause the perspiration in a person with particularly sensitive skin to be even more acid and sufficiently strong to irritate the skin.

The simplest way to balance the acid out in the first instance is to have make sure you drink quite a lot more plain water to dilute the acidity of the blood and perspiration. The herb Alfalfa also helps and this can be used as sprouts.

Drinking Cold rosehip tea would also be beneficial--three times per day.

If you haven't tried these simple remedies may be you could see if they make a difference . It could be that you are drinking very little water indeed.

My internal mix to address these very uncomfortable conditions contains:- Chamomile, Burdock, Vervain, Mistletoe, Hypericum and Euphorbia along with the Bach Flowers Red Chestnut, Chestnut Bud and Vervain.

Externally I recommend applying a mix of Chamomile, Comfrey, Vervain and Golden Seal in a Hypericum Oil Base along with the Bach Flowers Red Chestnut, Crab Apple, Vervain and Rescue Remedy.

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