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WHAT IS ECZEMA?
The word 'Eczema' (pronounced ek-seh-ma) comes from the greek word meaning 'to boil over'. All eczema sufferers can easily relate to this description.
What is Eczema? It is an Auto-Immune Disorder - An Auto-immune disorder is any of a large group of diseases characterised by abnormal functioning of the immune system that causes your immune system to produce antibodies against your own tissues.
Eczema, also known as Dermatitis has become a commom skin malady with 1 in 3 children suffering this condition; Atopic Eczema being the most common form of the disease throughout Australasia. The skin becomes dry, red, itchy and scaly and in severe cases may weep, swell, bleed and crust over; causing the sufferer alot of discomfort and pain. Often times the skin becomes infected because the skin's barrier defence system is also compromised and weakened against infection and due to the uncontrollable urge to scratch causing the broken skin - a perfect opportunity for bacteria/infection to invade.
Eczema is seen as and treated as a skin condition, so you'd think that some knowledge of skin anatomy and treatment of topical symptoms would be a good place to start. Unfortunately this is a common mistake made by individuals as well as their medical and health professionals when coming up with a treatment plan.
Eczema begins in the Immune System and manifests itself within the skin, so if you are only treating your skin you'll find yourself chasing your tail with constant irritations and flare ups to what feels like just about every skin cream or treatment you try.
In a healthy body the Immune System acts as the defence system and the healer. The healthy immune system will recognise a threat such as a throat infection and will get to work sending enough white blood cells (the defenders) to the area to kill the infection and heal the damaged tissue.
In the Eczema body, the immune system does not function as it should - it is weakened and compromised. Doctors and scientists have many reasons to explain why, but whatever the reason, your Immune system is malfunctioning - especially in the area of threat recognition.
The immune system over-reacts to percieved threats and sends a flood of defenders (including histamines) throughout the body looking to battle the invader. Without anything to fight off it seems the immune system turns upon the body itself and the skin responds with heat, redness, swelling, rashing and consistent itching.
The eczema body not only has a malfunctioning immune system, it also has skin that's barrier protection is compromised, so any threat, even a spot of dust or the hair of a dog, shows up as a weak spot; the immune system, rushes in to protect the skin and sends a flood of defenders to the skin. Unfortunately rather than defending and healing, this flood of defenders is now causing the skin to flare up, become hot, swollen and very itchy and can erupt into small blisters and lesions.
SOHOW CAN YOU LIVE WITH AND CONTROL ECZEMA?
There is no pill or cream that will solve the problem. You can take cortisone preparations, oral and/or topical, for a short time and they may seem to fix the problem, however it is only temporary and you'll find the eczema returns at some point triggered by stress factors, lifestyle or food issues. You can try 'miracle creams' that promise results in days or weeks. Well you might get some results quickly but will those results stay for the duration. Experience shows they will probably be short lived. Some children may grow out of eczema if it is treated properly and with respect for the immune system and even then some children may not. You need to be prepared to be in it for the long haul. Growing out of it is a bonus.
What you are looking for is treating the problem as a whole, working from the inside to the outside; starting with the food and nutrition that goes into the mouth to support the Immune System and working with the skin on the outside by sourcing out natural skincare products that will nurture and nourish the skin and help to rebuild it.
Getting Eczema under control and keeping it there requires commitment to healthy living for an eczema free lifestyle by making the changes you need to that are immuno-supportive, that nurture good skin health and an overall healthy lifestyle.
Go on... You can do it, I Believe in You :)
MAY 2013 BRING POSITIVE CHANGE FOR YOU ON YOUR JOURNEY TO NATURALLY HEALTHY SKIN.
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