Eczema occurs when the immune system is under attack and gets weakened. Sometimes, contact with allergens and detergents in the environment can irritate the skin in a person predisposed to eczema, leading to skin rashes and severe itchiness. Skin will become red and inflamed. Scratching can lead to further problems, such as skin infections.

There are many ways to treat eczema, but they are not permanent fixes and will need to be incorporated into your lifestyle.

Severe Eczema Treatment

Most treatment options will attempt to reduce the itching so that scratching is less likely to occur, lowering the risk of skin infections by extension. Pure aloe vera is often a good place to start. Aloe vera soothes the skin and helps to promote healing.

There is also calendula cream, which is an anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and moisturizing cream that also promotes healing of the skin. Alternatively, you could also try olive oil. After bathing, rub olive oil on your skin while it is still damp. This helps to trap the moisture in the skin, helping the skin to repair itself and soothe itching. Natural treatments such as this can be applied multiple times throughout the day.

Sometimes, the kinds of foods you eat will make your eczema worse. Milk, tree nuts, eggs, soy, peanuts, fish, and wheat commonly cause flare-ups of the skin condition. Citrus fruits may also need to be avoided. It may be necessary to start eliminating the foods from your diet that cause these flare-ups.

Keeping a food journal will help with this; you’ll have a log of what you’ve eaten when your eczema symptoms get worse—it only takes the skin about 24 hours to exhibit a reaction to a food that’s been eaten. Then, you can eliminate the foods that worsened the condition from your diet.

Another potential home cure to try is consuming apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar helps to cleanse the body of toxins. Those with eczema can try bathing in a cool bath with half a cup of apple cider vinegar for 30 minutes. Don’t use soap, and once finished, gently blot the skin dry. This can then be followed by an olive oil rub-down. When drinking apple cider vinegar, only about 1 tablespoon is needed for adults (dosage to be adjusted for children).

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