Eczema

What is it?

A condition of the skin that can include small blisters, red irritation and scaling, eczema is itchy and can occur at any age, from infancy through adulthood. Most commonly, the condition begins in infancy or childhood. We often hear clients tell us that they had eczema as a child, it was treated with topical steroid cream, and then they developed asthma. The reason for this association is physiological. Just as eczema is an irritation or inflammation of the skin, asthma is an irritation of the lung mucosa-essentially the same physiological process occurring at a deeper level. Both conditions have an allergic component, and one can easily follow the other especially with suppressive options such as steroid use.

Key Points:        

  • Also called atopic dermatitis, this condition is chronic and extremely itchy
  • Commonly accompanied or followed by stuffy nose and/or asthma
  • An overactive immune system contributes to this condition
  • Foods, inhalants, or other allergens can be triggers
  • 70% of cases first occur in children under the age of five years old
  • Breastfed infants have a lower risk of developing eczema
  • Essential fatty acids can assist in rebalancing the immune system

How do we treat it?

Treating eczema, or any condition of the skin, is a multi-step process. We help you to identify the items that may be causing an allergic reaction so that you can begin to avoid them and allow the skin to heal. For many clients we suggest elimination/re-challenge diets or IgG and IgA serology testing to identify subtle triggers of your eczema. In addition, we will get to the bottom of the inflammatory process, which often starts as an irritation in the digestive system. Each month, you will receive a specific naturopathic protocol to optimize your digestion and to enable each organ system of your body to do its job efficiently. Once your body begins to self-regulate, you will become less sensitive to substances that once caused eczema and the resulting inflammation will subside.

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