Eczema - Overview

It is normal that one can experience an itch once in a while, but, when the itch is frequent and causes irritation to the skin, it progresses to eczema. Eczema, also known as dermatitis, is regarded as a condition where the patient experiences inflammation of the skin, which is characterised by itching, redness and an outbreak of lesions. It is not a contagious disease, which means it does not spread from one person to another. Eczema isn’t just a painful, chronic problem; for many, it is a major health burden and a big drain on the quality of life. If the skin is not properly managed and cared for, the disease may flare up, resulting in significant itching and discomfort. Quick facts Eczema is a general term for any form of dermatitis or 'itchy rash' Stress and other emotional disorders can worsen eczema Eczema can lead to various complications such as skin infections, sleep and behavioural problems, among others. Eczema is a long-term disorder that tends to flare up suddenly and then lessen. Research has shown that homeopathy offers significant improvement in eczema without any side effects as compared to other conventional treatments. At Dr 's™, we have a broad clinical experience of managing patients with eczema for more than 35 years, with a 93% patient satisfaction rate (authenticated by the American Quality Assessors). More on eczema Eczema has been regarded as a long-term inflammatory condition of the skin, causing itching, redness and lesions/eruptions on the skin. Commonly, it is known to affect about 20% children and about 1 to 2% adults across the world. It is also known to affect people at any age; however, it is frequently observed in infants. Among infants, eczema generally tends to disappear by the age of three, but it may continue into adulthood for a few patients. This condition affects both sexes. Even though eczema is not a life-threatening condition, it can have a remarkable impact on a patient’s life. Additionally, a patient may suffer from issues such as discomfort from the condition, altered self-image, anxiety about the nature of the disease, etc., which the physician also needs to focus on while treating the patients. Phases of the disease may range from symptoms getting worse to getting better by themselves, which implicates an unpredictable course in several patients. However, early diagnosis and treatment can provide relief to patients from the associated, bothersome symptoms. Types of Eczema There are various types of eczema. Contact dermatitis and atopic dermatitis are two of the most common forms. Others include seborrhoeic dermatitis (dandruff), stasis dermatitis (caused due to poor circulation), and neurodermatitis (stress related skin disorder). Causes of Eczema Eczema may be a consequence of several factors working together, not just one factor in isolation. Some forms of eczema are triggered by substances that come in contact with our skin, such as soaps, cosmetics, clothing, detergents, jewellery, or sweat. Environmental allergens may also cause outbreaks of eczema. Changes in temperature, humidity, or even psychological stress can lead to eczema. Symptoms of Eczema People with eczema suffer from itchy, scaling skin with a parched appearance. The skin may crack and turn red or inflamed, leading to infection. The acute form may sometimes manifest as a colourless, ‘sticky’ fluid with crusts and scabs. This is called ‘wet’ or ‘weeping’ eczema. Eczema in infants often affects the face, diaper area, front of the knee and back of the elbow. It may also be seen on folds first, like the backs of knees and fronts of elbows. Homeopathic Treatment for Eczema Homeopathic treatment of eczema aims at treating the patient, not just the disease in isolation. Homeopathic medicines add zest to immune mechanism. In other words, they gently propel the immune system’s power to scour the illness from its roots. Homeopathy not only removes eczema from its roots, it also prevents the possibility of recurrence — a worrying prospect of conventional treatment.
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 Shajahan BHMS, MD

Shajahan BHMS, MD (Former Teaching Faculty Member, Nehru Homoeopathic Medical College, Delhi), Homoeopathic Consultant in Fathima Medical Centre, Al Ain UAE. Consultant Online.

 Irshad BHMS Homoeopathic Consultant in Fathima Medical Centre

Irshad BHMS Homoeopathic Consultant in Fathima Medical Centre.