How I Cured My Eczema Naturally
How do you know if it's more than a skin rash?
There are as many types of skin rashes as there are remedies to clear up the symptoms. Sometimes a rash will go away quickly, and then other times it seems like nothing works to get rid of it. Not every rash requires a visit to the doctor. In many instances a strong homeopathic remedy works better than anything a doctor prescribes.
A small area of red, bumpy skin that appears with no warning is probably a localized allergic reaction. The resulting rash is easy to eliminate by limiting exposure to the allergen. A skin rash that suddenly covers a large area of the body can be a severe systemic reaction to an allergen, which may be life threatening, and should get medical attention right away.
When It’s Probably Eczema
Then there is the chronic skin rash that keeps cropping up in the same spots over many years, and seriously compromises a person’s quality of life. This condition is most likely some form of eczema.
The condition reoccurs because the skin itself is unable to protect itself from environmental irritants that cause fresh outbreaks. Any underlying viral or bacterial infection, or an imbalance of yeast, just complicates the condition and makes it harder to treat. The protective layers of skin dry out, crack, and become irritated. Scratching the new irritation causes old lesions to reappear as a fresh outbreak.
Scratching eczema patches can lead to bacterial infection as the fingernails pass bacteria into the skin. There may also be a systemic infection that is manifesting as eczema. Left untreated, eczema lesions can get infected and worsen causing even more damage to already sensitive skin, including scarring and thickening.
What is eczema?
What is commonly diagnosed as eczema, is usually red, inflamed skin lesions that contain a clear liquid that oozes when scratched. Eczema lesions can also look crusty because when the fluid leaks it can turn into a white film or crusty looking substance. Even though eczema is not contagious from person to person, it can spread to other parts of the body through bacteria under the fingernails that accumulates from scratching affected areas and then touching unaffected areas.
Many medical professionals also believe that certain instances of eczema are genetic and passed down from parent to child. Whether genetic or environmental, eczema is frequently misdiagnosed. Doctors are frequently at a loss when treating chronic skin conditions.
A diagnosis of eczema can be hard to come by because other skin conditions are frequently mistaken for a true case of eczema. It can be very confusing to sort out the information that’s available online because the terms—dermatitis, allergic rash, atopic dermatitis, and eczema—can all refer to similar symptoms. Not all cases of dermatitis are eczema, but all cases of eczema can fall under the category of dermatitis.
See A Doctor
It is always important to get a diagnosis from a licensed medical doctor before experimenting with any online advice.
Who is prone to Eczema?
Anyone can get eczema but infants seem more prone to skin problems like eczema because their immune system is still developing. Many adults report that skin problems they had as babies erupt during times of severe stress. There is also a genetic component in many eczema cases where generations of a family may have the condition because it is passed on through the genes.
Many medical experts believe that eczema is an allergic condition related to asthma and other allergies and that people with one ailment are prone to developing others. Certain triggers seem to be prevalent in recurring eczema outbreaks: Heat and sweating, lack of sleep, allergies, and severe stress.
When You’re Miserable, You Want Relief
Regardless of whether your eczema is genetically determined or a result of something else, when you have eczema—or any type of dermatitis—you want to make it stop. Sufferers with any kind of skin condition want relief because skin problems and discomfort can affect concentration, sleep cycles, mood and temperament. It’s hard to be happy and calm when parts of your skin are literally itching off your body, or areas of your skin are cracked and bleeding.
How to Ease Symptoms
People who suffer with different types of eczema have to be extra vigilant with skin care. Showers or baths at least once a day are imperative to keep infected skin clean. For people who perspire more than usual, especially in hot weather, bathing twice a day is even better.
Extra care should also be taken in keeping the skin dry and hydrated with moisturizer. Since eczema is a breakdown of the skin and it’s essential oils, using a good moisturizer after bathing is another weapon in the fight to keep eczema under control.
Watch What You’re Putting on Your Body
I usually hydrate with a high quality skin lotion that contains Coconut Oil. I only used the pure oil once and then switched to creams. I know many people with skin problems who use pure coconut oil on their skin after bathing every day. Before moving on to stronger oils like Oil of Oregano, which can sting, moisturizing with Coconut Oil is a good start. It doesn't seem to have any side effects, and the smell and feel of it are very soothing.
The other reason I switched to creams is financial, Coconut Oil is expensive and well worth the price, but like many natural oils, it can get rancid and then it's no good and has to be thrown out. I prefer a standard lotion that can stand in a bottle in my bathroom for a year or more without any problems.
I prefer creams to oil whenever possible. So it really is a matter of personal preference whether to use the pure coconut oil or find a body lotion or cream. If you decide to go with a cream, it's a good idea to do some research and pick a cream that is organic and has as few ingredients as possible. Keeping a skin regime with the most natural products possible can clear up the problem before stronger ingredients are needed.
After moisturizing and letting the cream sink in, it's fine to apply cornstarch. It's messy but worth it. Cornstarch spread over clean, dry, hydrated skin is a big help in keeping irritated skin dry, especially in areas that get collect moisture such as the crook of the arms and knees, the genital area and the feet. Many commercial talcum powders have chemicals and fragrance that cause more irritation. A box of plain cornstarch works better and is a fraction of the cost of brand-name powders.
Watch What You’re Putting In Your Body
Certain foods can worsen the symptoms of eczema and other skin rashes. If an eczema outbreak is related to an imbalance of good and bad bacteria, or an overgrowth of yeast, consumption of certain foods will worsen the problem. A good example is beer and wine.
Alcoholic beverages, especially beer and wine are produced through a process that involves yeast to help the fermentation process. If you already suffer from health problems related to too much yeast in your diet – consuming a diet that includes fairly regular consumption of beer, wine or both will worsen a pre-existing skin condition and even cause a fresh outbreak. Taking the time to eliminate food triggers is another excellent way to keep eczema symptoms under control.
After making sure there are no allergy issues, certain foods are good to eat daily to maintain a healthy balance of good bacteria in the digestive tract. A cup of yogurt daily, or a good probiotic supplement, goes a long way towards keeping skin problems away.
I started taking a probiotic for digestive issues about a year ago. I started to notice a side effect of the a daily probiotic was clear, healthier skin. My skin wasn't nearly as dry and stopped itching so much, the hotspots cleared up. It could have been a coincidence, but I feel it's related to adding a probiotic to my daily supplements. There are many excellent probiotic brands. I research the brand names before I buy them to check the reviews.
I currently use Now Probiotic because, quite frankly, it's the least expensive and appears to be the same quality as the more expensive pills I've tried with the same results.
Our digestive system plays an important role in the health of our skin and other organs. Many physicians overlook the efficacy of oral supplements such as probiotics.
Traditional Treatments Don’t Attack The Problem
A proper diagnosis from a medical professional is important. However, the medical profession is set up to relieve symptoms rather than getting to the root of the condition. Taking pharmaceuticals and topical steroid creams is the most common treatment, even if it’s not the most effective. Many of the topical creams are only intended for short-term use, which is a problem for a long-term condition.
It should be noted that researchers are discovering some very unpleasant possible side effects of these topical creams, including skin cancer. Clearly synthetic remedies are not always the best solution. Luckily, there is an inexpensive, natural herb that can eliminate chronic skin conditions like eczema, without any dangerous side effects.
There is An Excellent Alternative to Topical Creams
While there are many over the counter and prescription treatments that can alleviate the more unpleasant symptoms, there are no known medications that can get rid of eczema permanently. However, there is a homeopathic remedy that not only offers relief from symptoms, but can permanently eradicate recurring spots of eczema all over your body.
An Ancient Remedy That is Effective For All Types of Skin Ailments
This substance comes from an herb that humans have been using internally for millennia to treat invaders like cold and flu bugs and externally for all kinds of skin conditions: oil of oregano. It is important to note that oregano oil should not be taken internally or applied topically to children, infants, and pregnant or nursing mothers.
Oregano oil doesn’t get nearly the press it deserves. The oregano plant is found primarily in the Mediterranean countries where it is harvested and processed into a concentrated oil that well known to alternative health practitioners as powerful agent in the fight against microscopic organisms that attack the body and cause illness. It’s too cheap and easy to produce and distribute – it’s not a moneymaker like some of the synthetic drugs that earn companies millions or billions of dollars a year.
Origanum Vulgare, or O.v. Hirtum, are but just a few of the Latin names for the sturdy oregano plant that grows in Greece and is used in cooking and for medicinal purposes. There can be a lot of confusion over matching the right name to the right herb. The spice oregano is frequently mixed up with marjoram or sweet marjoram (a common and blander spice used in America). While marjoram is an excellent cooking spice, it does not have the medicinal value of high quality, pure oregano.
The oregano plant comes in many varieties and strengths and is known by different names depending on where it grows and its smell and taste. Oregano plants that are harvested for the medicinal oil are usually from Greece or Turkey.
I am not a medical professional—I can only provide anecdotal evidence. I experimented with applying oregano oil to a dermatitis outbreak a couple of years ago. It was gone within a few days. I have now been rash-free for several years.
There is No Substitute for This Medicinal Herb
The oil from the authentic Mediterranean oregano plant, not the American oregano plant, cannot be replicated in the lab. That’s one of the reasons oregano oil is not promoted or advertised more. Oil of oregano has been around for a very long time, but it doesn’t get a lot of press because it is inexpensive and easy to use; i.e., the profit margin isn’t high enough to make it a popular item to manufacture.
Oregano oil is one of the herbal remedies that the medical community ignores. It not only relieves symptoms for all kinds of skin rashes, including eczema and other forms of dermatitis, but it also helps with cold and flu viruses.
Oregano Oil Is An Effective Topical Treatment to Clear Up Eczema
Oregano oil is cheap, easy to administer, and it works better than most prescription and non-prescription drugs. With it’s anti inflammatory properties, oregano it is the perfect alternative to topical steroids which relieve eczema symptoms for the short term, but do not address the underlying problem. Oregano oil gives the whole body an immune boost; thereby eliminating internal bugs and parasites and external infections of the skin.
It Kills All Types of Bacteria and Fungus That Can Worsen Eczema
Oil of Oregano is taken orally for many conditions, but it is also known to be an effective topical agent that can be rubbed into the skin or inhaled for allergies and sinus infections. Applied topically, there is probably no more powerful ally in the fight against bacterial and fungal skin problems. The oil is a wonderful alternative to steroid creams and pills because it also acts as an effective anti-inflammatory agent, bringing relief to inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema.
The Power is in the Active Ingredients
The active ingredients in regano oil, carvacrol and thymol, work together to fight all kinds of infections and conditions that are hard to treat. Shopping online will turn up the best deals on premium oregano oil products. It’s important to check the concentration of carvacrol before buying oregano oil from any online vendor.
If the carvacrol concentration is less then 75%, buy from another vendor. Ideally, the concentration should be 80% or higher. Companies selling the best mixtures usually sell bottles of the oil with an 85% concentration of carvacrol or higher.
The best way to attack eczema with oregano oil is to use it topically and orally for at least a couple of weeks. Taking four to six drops of oregano oil every day is an excellent way to not only get rid of a current skin condition, but to keep it away for good and give an overall boost to your body’s immune system.
All brands Are Not the Same
There is a multitude of Oil of Oregano brands. Many companies that sell health vitamins and supplements have Oil of Oregano in their product list. But not all brands are the same, and unfortunately not everyone is reputable.
The brand I use - North American Oreganol - was recommended by a friend who had been using it for years with excellent results. It has helped me get rid of colds, skin problems, toenail fungus and an assortment of weird viruses I picked up at my teaching job. I would not have known to pick that particular brand unless it was pointed out to me.
Everyone has their own preference and some might swear by a brand that I wouldn't touch. Luckily it is inexpensive online, so it's a good idea to check the product reviews on Amazon or whatever site you buy your health supplements from.
I like to shop around with Oil of Oregano products and experiment. So I will frequently compare prices on Amazon and then buy from another site if there's a sale. Do what works for you, and please use other consumer reviews as a guideline.
My rule of thumb with Amazon or any other site selling health products, or any product for that matter, is the following: It should have at least 25 reviews. They should be verified reviews from people who've actually bought it.
And, the product should have an overall ranking of 4.5 stars or higher on a scale of 1-5. I use these guidelines myself, and have not had any problems purchasing health products from Amazon or any of the other health supplement sites.
No Matter How Bad Your Eczema or Dermatitis, This Works
Oregano oil works wonders on all types of skin rashes, dermatitis and eczema. It works quickly to get rid of eczema at its root – the underlying bacterial or fungal infection that is most likely causing the skin eruptions and discomfort.
To make sure you won’t have a bad reaction to the oregano oil, you can treat your eczema rash by applying one or two drops of the oil mixture on to a small patch of skin. You can expect it to burn and tingle for a little while, but the slight burning sensation should go away after about a half hour. If you find the burning is unbearable, it’s easy enough to wash off.
If you find you can tolerate the slight burning, and there is no bad reaction: The oil should be applied twice a day to problem areas.
Oregano Oil Doesn't Just Attack Symptoms - It Eliminates the Underlying Cause
If you apply the oregano oil to your skin regularly twice a day, you should start to see a relief of symptoms within a day or two. The eczema patches should clear up completely within a couple of weeks, if you commit to a daily schedule of applying the oil to the infected areas of your skin.
If you are prone to allergies and/or yeast infections, it’s a good idea to take 4-6 drops of the oil every day internally to get kill the underlying issue and keep the eczema from returning. If your condition is exceptionally bad than you may want to consider taking oregano oil caplets once or twice a day for extra healing power.
Oregano oil is not only superb in relieving eczema and dermatitis symptoms – it gets to the root of the problem, something most modern pharmaceuticals cannot do. The cost of drugs and doctor visits are out of range for a lot of people. While there is no substitute for going to the doctor, it can be avoided with the right herbal supplements. Oregano oil is one of those versatile substances that should be a staple in every medicine cabinet.
I have suffered with various skin flare-ups since I was very young. I had bad bouts of eczema on my arms and legs starting at the age of seven. I've also battled yeast infections for most of my adult life, which also manifest as skin rashes.
I experimented with applying oregano oil to a dermatitis outbreak a couple of years ago. It was gone within a few days. I take about four drops of oregano oil a day to boost my immune system. I also take a probiotic capsule every day. I have now been rash-free and yeast-free for several years.
I am not a medical professional—I can only provide anecdotal evidence. You use the stuff at your own risk. Several friends have also tried it with great success. If this article helps even a few people, then it's a success.