Eczema that’s also known as atopic dermatitis is a skin condition that causes the area of a person skin to become itchy, inflamed and red. Generally, eczema can affect the skin by causing dark coloured patches, rough, scaly or leathery patches, swelling, crusting and oozing.
This write-up will focus on types, causes, symptoms, complications, prevention and how eczema can be treated using natural remedies.
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TYPES OF ECZEMA
There are different kinds of eczema such as ATOPIC DERMATITIS that is most common. Others include:
- Dyshidrotic eczema.
- Contact dermatitis.
- Discoid eczema.
- Varicose eczema.
- Asteatotic eczema and
- Seborrheic dermatitis.
However, eczema can affect people of different ages and isn’t contagious.
CAUSES OF ECZEMA
The causes of eczema are:
(a) hot,dry weather conditions.
(e) Environmental irritants.
(g) Bacteria infections.
(h) Animal dander.
(i) hay fever and
(j) abnormal function of the immune system.
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SYMPTOMS OF ECZEMA
Eczema signs and symptoms vary widely from one person to another. The symptoms are:
- Dry skin.
- Itching that may be severe at night.
- Red to brownish gray patches that appears on the hands, wrists, ankles, eyelids, neck, upper chest, inside the elbows and knees.
- Raw sensitive, swollen skin due to scratching your back against the wall or using of objects.
- Small, raised bumps that may bring out fluid and crust over when scratched.
Atomic dermatitis most often begins before the ages of 5 and may continue into adolescence and adulthood. For some people, eczema flares periodically and the clears up for a time, even for several years.
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Complications of atopic dermatitis (eczema) include:
- Chronic itchy skin.
- Skin infections.
- Poor quality sleep.
- Asthma and hay fever
- Irritant hand dermatitis.
HOW CAN YOU PREVENT ECZEMA
The following can assist in preventing eczema flare-ups:
(a) Using clooer water for bathe and showers.
(b) Avoiding scratching or rubbing patches of eczema because it damages the skin, worsen the eczema and increases chances of this infection.
(c) Avoiding of perfumes.
(d) Using gentle soap and detergents.
(e) Avoiding of tight clothing and wearing of clothing produce from natural fibers.
(f) Rubbing non-cosmetics moisturizer after baths or showers to keep your skin adequately hydrated.
(g) Gentle toweling or drying your skin after bathe or shower and
(h) Moisturize your skin thoroughly and always by applying gentle oil rich products.
This write-up is not meant to be a substitute to where the services of dermatologist or medical professional is urgently needed.
ECZEMA NATURAL REMEDIES
(1) Obtain fresh Carrots and Cabbage in equal quantity. Blend them into juice. Drink 200 ml two times a day.
(2) MITRACARCUS SCABER (Ewe irawo ile in Yoruba; Ogwungwo, Obuobwa in Igbo; Gududal in Hausa) Obtain fresh leaves of Mitracarpus scaber, squeeze the leaves to extract it juice and rub over the affected areas. Do it for 3 consecutive days and stop for 4 days. Do it this way until you get the desired result.
(3) VERNONIA AMYGDALINA (Bitter leaf in English; Chusar doki in Hausa; ityuna in Tiv; Orogbo in Urhobo; Ewe ewuro tutu in Yoruba; Onugbo in Igbo; Olugbo in Idoma; Etidot in Ibibio; Oriwo in Edo) Obtain the fresh leaves of Bitter leaves, extract it juice and apply topically over the affected area.
(4) PEPPERMINT (Na’a na’a in Hausa; Ewe minti in Yoruba) Extract the juice of fresh mint leaves and rub it over the area affected by eczema. Do it 2 times a day.
(5) CARICA PAPAYA (Papaya, Pawpaw in English; Ojo, Okpurukwa, Okwere, Okwuru bekoe in Igbo; Mpuer in Tiv; Ideru ipichi in Idoma; Gwanda in Hausa; Ibepe in Yoruba) Papaya is rich in antioxidant and enzyme known as pain that can exfoliates dead skin cells to remove impurities. When raw papaya fruit is mashed and directly applied on the area affected by eczema can reduce itching and redness caused by eczema. Also, you can apply dried papaya seeds that had grinded mix with little water and apply on the affected area.
(6) TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL: Blend half tablespoon of Tea tree essential oil with 2 tablespoons of either coconut oil or Olive oil. Mix them together. Apply the mixture over the affected area of the skin, once a day especially at night.
Before applying Tea tree essential oil diluted with carrier oil such as coconut oil or olive oil. It is better to conduct a patch test by rubbing it on your forearm to know wether you’re allergic to it or not. If there’s no reaction between 12 to 24 hours. That means it is safe for use.
(7) AZADIRACHTA INDICA (Neem in English; Oforo oyinbo, Cassia in Yoruba; Bedi, Ko, Dongoyaro in Hausa; Ogwu akom in Igbo) Obtain 45 pieces of fresh NEEM LEAVES. Crush them and boil slightly in Coconut oil (Ori kokodia in Urhobo; Mmanu Aki beke in Igbo; Mai Allayadi in Hausa; Adiagbon in Yoruba; Ano ipari, Ano ipali in Idoma) When it cool. Strain it into a bottle or plate. Rub it over the area affected by eczema two times a day.
(8) Get equal quantity of Spinach (Amunututu, Egungun ori iganna, Toromon iganna in Yoruba; Gborongi in Igbo; Allayyahu in Hausa), Cabbage and Carrots. Blend them into juice. Drink 200 ml of the juice two times a day.
(9) WATERCRESS (Zamantarori, Zumantarori, Algarif in Hausa; Algarabbu in Kanuri; Takekere fondu in Fula-Fulfulde; Labsur in Berom) boil Watercress leaves in water for 10 minutes. Drink 100 ml twice daily.
OR: You can apply the juice extracted from fresh Watercress leaves over the affected area two times a day.
(10) FENUGREEK SEEDS (Hulba in Hausa; Eso Ewedu in Yoruba; Ahenhia, Ahiaira in Igbo) Grind the dried seeds of dried Fenugreek seeds in to powder and mix with Organic Pure Honey. Apply it over the affected area two times a day.
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