Eczema is very common these days, currently affecting 10-20 percent of infants and about 3 percent of American children and adults. Given that it usually affects the face and the scalp, this type of skin rash can be extremely annoying.
As for adults, this condition is typically diagnosed as atopic dermatitis and is considered a serious condition. It mainly affects feet and hands, and the underlying cause is still unknown, which makes the matter much more serious.
In most cases the condition is found in families with a history of asthma and allergies, but there are certain triggers that could cause it, too. Some of those triggers include coming into contact with rough materials, reactions to detergents, feeling too hot or too cold, colds, respiratory problems, and stress.
While finding a long-term is extremely important, short-term relief is critical! Although there are various topical creams available, most of them are accompanied with a wide range of side effects.
Current Relief Treatments
1. Hydrocortisone 1%
Hydrocortisone 15 is already used for skin conditions to reduce redness, itching, and swelling. Although rare, side effects like acne, irritation, burning, and stinging are possible.
2. Tar Treatment
The treatment involving tar causes the skin to shed dead skin cells and inhibit the growth of irritated ones. Irritation and staining of the skin are the most common side effects.
The inflamed skin cells are suppressed with the help of ultraviolet light, which in turn causes effects like skin damage, burning, and even cancer.
4. Topical Immunomodulators (TIMs)
Elidel, Protopic and similar FDA approved drugs modify body`s immune system response to flare ups. However, they should be used for short-term relief only since long-term exposure to these chemicals has been associated with cancer risks.
Wet wrap therapy is simple alternative solutions which alleviates irritated skin using water and moisturizer. It was found to reduce symptoms by up to 71 percent, even in children.
- Soak the wraps in warm water
- Bathe ( or bathe your child) for a few minutes, using a gentle cleanser
- Pat your skin( or the skin of your child) dry
- Apply lotion/ moisturizer
- Squeeze excess water from the wrap and dress yourself/ your child in the damp wrap
- Put on something dry on top and wear it for at least two hours
- Remove the clothing and apply another layer of moisturizer
Alternative Skin Creams
1. Manuka Honey Skin Cream
This cream is made with manuka honey, meaning that it`s organic, GMO-free, and gentle on the skin.
2. Grass-Fed Tallow Balm
Tallow is ideal for those with allergy prone and sensitive skin. This particular brand is GMO-free and paleo friendly.
3. Organic Calendula Oil
Calendula cream is packed with vitamins, essential fats, antioxidants, natural enzymes as well as skin soothing and fast absorbing properties. This brand is gluten-free and vegan.