What is Eczema?

What is Eczema? Eczema is also known as atopic dermatitis, a chronic disease of the skin that causes itchiness, redness and inflammation. It is estimated that seven percent of the population suffers from eczema. Eczema will often begin in early childhood and can continue through adulthood if the underlying causes are not discovered. The skin affected by eczema appears red, dry and scaly, and is extremely itchy, and may sting and burn. If scratched too much, it can crack, ooze, and crust over, and can even become infected.

In children, the most commonly affected areas are the scalp, cheeks, chin, back, legs, elbows and arms. Adults are often affected on the eyelids and the skin around the eyes and mouth. High perspiration areas such as the creases of the elbows, knees, hands and feet are also commonly affected and it can result in splits and cracks on your hands.  Eczema usually first appears in childhood around the age of four months. Eczema at any age is characterized by moderate to severe itching.

What Causes Eczema?

Although the cause of atopic dermatitis is not fully understood, hay fever and asthma are associated with this condition. Heredity certainly plays an important role as nearly 70 percent of atopic dermatitis patients have at least one other family member with eczema, hay fever, or asthma. Food allergy is necessary to rule out in early eczema as well as adult eczema. Food allergies cause inflammation and also cause imabalances in the gut that can excacerbate the problem.

The skin is likely reflecting a state of imbalance within the body. Each cell is a microcosm of the entire macrocosm and reflects the the state of health of the whole. Unfortunately most traditional treatments use steroids, prescription drugs or creams that do not address the underlying cause/s of eczema and have long-term side effects. These traditional treatments suppress the underlying causes by addressing only the symptoms. In many cases of eczema the body is trying to rid itself of toxins. By addressing these causes you should have very significant results within a few months. 

Natural Treatments for Eczema

Some people can not make GLA from dietary essential fatty acids due to a metabolic block.  This is often the case in people who suffer from psoarisis or eczema. A high quality Borage supplement may provide a natural treatment for Eczema through kick starting the bodies GLA levels.

In order to better understand the metabolic systems and how they are performing, consider taking a Comprehensive Nutritional Panel.