What is Eczema?
The skin condition known as eczema causes uncomfortable symptoms such as itchy, dry, and irritated skin. There are different types of eczema which affect different parts of the skin and may appear as different types of rashes. The most common type of eczema is called atopic dermatitis which appears as a red, itchy rash. This article will present the complications of eczema, as well as the prevention and outlook for people who have eczema. Chinese Medicine treatment for eczema will also be discussed.
People who have eczema may develop complications like skin infections, hay fever and asthma, or thick, scaly skin. Eczema may also interrupt your sleeping patterns, especially if you wake up often, scratching the affected skin. If you already have one type of eczema, you may also be more likely to develop other types of the condition.
There are certain lifestyle changes that you can use which may help to prevent eczema flare ups. These prevention tips include avoiding known triggers, reducing stress, keeping skin moisturised, avoiding scratching the affected areas of skin, keeping the skin clean, reducing bath and shower times to less than 10 minutes, and using laundry and skin products which are free from dyes and scents.
Outlook for Eczema Patients:
Since there is currently no cure for eczema, the available treatment options often aim at management of the symptoms. This can be achieved through a combination of different types of treatments. You may find that certain combinations of treatments work well at managing your eczema symptoms, while others may find different treatments more effective. This is because we all have unique bodies and may be affected by different types of eczema. The treatment options for eczema range from medications like antihistamines and steroid creams, to light therapy and lifestyle changes. Reducing stress through meditation and breathing exercises can also help a lot.
How Can Chinese Medicine Help?
Chinese Medicine views the organs of the body as interconnected with each other. These organs work together to carry out functions in the body, and so when an organ becomes weak, this may affect other parts of the body.
For example, the lungs and large intestine work together, and control the functions of breathing and bowel movements, as well as keeping the skin healthy. This means that when the lungs or large intestine aren’t working properly you may experience symptoms like difficulty breathing, problems with bowel motions, and even skin problems like eczema.
To treat conditions like eczema, Chinese Medicine practitioners will aim to bring the weaker organs in the body back into balance so that they can function properly again. Acupuncture and acupressure are two common techniques which may help to rebalance your organs. This may reduce and even dissipate symptoms such as eczema.
In summary, eczema is an itchy, dry rash which appears on the skin. If you have eczema, you may be at risk of developing complications like skin infections and thick or scaly skin. To help prevent eczema flare ups from occurring, precautions like keeping the skin clean and moisturised and avoiding scratching can be very effective. Chinese Medicine can effectively treat eczema through techniques like acupuncture, which rarely cause any side effects.
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