The Natural Ways Of Preventing And Treating Eczema
A Guest Post by Roselen Fernandez
The skin is the biggest part of the body , the most exposed and have the greatest risk of getting injuries and skin disorders. With extreme climate changes and unpredictable weather patterns, the skin is always being threatened by infections, breakouts and other skin disorders. One skin condition that is experienced around the world is eczema.
Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a form of chronic skin inflammation. The term is used broadly on different skin conditions. It includes dryness and skin rashes that are commonly characterized by the following symptoms:
- Itching and dryness
- Skin edema
Eczema can affect anyone of any age but infants and children are more prone to it. The usual treatments include avoiding skin irritants like soaps, food allergens, anti-itch lotions and prescribed medicines. There are also natural ways of treating or preventing eczema. In addition to the prescribed medicines that your dermatologist gave you, you can enhance your diet by adding these foods in preventing eczema. If you are prone to eczema, you can follow a nutritional program or we can call an eczema diet that is based on the logic that the real point in reversing the effects of eczema and maintaining overall health and vitality is through food nutrients. It is proven that that nutrients found in food can help prevent nearly all common degenerative diseases that affect almost everyone today. Enhancing your weekly diet with these foods can make a difference for you. Let’s discuss:
- Salmon. Adding salmon and other cold water fatty fish like tuna, mackerel, sardines and squid are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These seafoods have shown that it can reduce the severe symptoms of eczema. Wild Salmon and squid are the two nest sources of astaxanthin, a carotenoid that acts as a potent and effective antioxidant. If you’re worried about the possible harmful effects of toxins that wild fishes can get, you can choose squid which has a high concentration of DHA as compared to salmon. Squid has a shorter lifespan than salmon thus the possibility of toxin builds up is none. Other rich sources of omega-3s are green leafy vegetable, nuts, flax seeds, olives and blueberries. The essential omega-3 fat helps in lubricating the skin and enhances natural skin oil production that helps prevent dryness and itching as a result of eczema.
- Apples. Apples helps in controlling flare-ups. Apples are one of the best sources of quercetin, a bioflavonoid that has powerful antioxidants, antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties. Based on different studies, quercetin can help in relieving the symptoms that are associated with a number of chronic inflammatory diseases that includes eczema.
- Watercress. The humble watercress provides anti-inflammatory and blood cleansing properties. Many herbal experts recommend this peppery leaf to alleviate eczema.
- Fish roe. Another good source of the essential omega-3 fatty acids. Fish roe contains more omega-3s and proteins compared to the old water fatty fish and next to squid. Fish roe contains high levels of DHA and EPA which has high inflammatory properties . Salmon, hake and lumpsucker are good sources of fish roe.
- Sweet potatoes. One of the oldest and dependable food source in the world. It is one of the most nutritious vegetables and is an excellent addition to your diet in preventing eczema. Eczema is commonly linked to allergies and sweet potatoes is one food that is least likely to cause any allergic reactions. It contains vitamin C, proteins, carbohydrates and contains antioxidant properties. The orange, yellow and pink varieties are good sources of beta-carotene.
- Turmeric. This root has been used by the Chinese for centuries due to its beneficial effects on a number of diseases and ailments. Turmeric contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help minimize symptoms of eczema. Plus turmeric is a key ingredient in curry dishes and adds zing to meat, fish and vegetable dishes.
Enhancing your diet with this anti eczema food can surely help you in minimizing the risk of getting eczema. If you already have eczema, follow what your doctor’s prescription and then follow through with these foods to give a stronger punch in fighting eczema.
Author: Roselen is a health blogger, a magazine editor and has always been drawn to healthy living stuff. One of her health and wellness sources is Health 365, a website dedicated to promoting healthy living and providing reliable support community to Australians.