Eczema may be a very common skin disorder, but its symptoms that can be easily alleviated at home. Home remedies for eczema may start with a healthy diet and proper skin care.
If you are constantly scratching your itchy skin, this could lead to a more severe case, so you must take early action to manage mild symptoms. Here are home remedies for eczema that are recommended by skin experts:
1. Change your diet.
If you have been eating eggs, peanuts, wheat, barley, dairy, soy and soy products lately, you may need to stop. These foods are notorious for triggering allergies and eczema flare ups. However, reaction from these foods may differ with each individual. Some people cannot properly digest the protein, thus, the allergic reaction. You also need to avoid processed foods as the additives or preservatives may also trigger a flare up.
Doctors recommend dairy-free, gluten-free and low-allergen foods. Loading up in vitamins, particularly vitamin D may be helpful with eczema, even the more severe cases.
2. Special Baths
One of the important things to remember if you have eczema is to keep your skin hydrated. Soaking in specially prepared baths can help; however, some people with eczema may have an adverse reaction, causing eczema to worsen. Before starting with any type of bath, test your skin’s reaction first. Here are some baths that are considered to be good home remedies for eczema. Remember to apply a moisturizer on your slightly damp skin after each bath:
- Magnesium or Salt Bath
Adding magnesium flakes or Epsom salts on your bath may have a soothing effect on the skin and help reduce itch while keeping the skin hydrated. In your warm bath, add 1 to 2 cups of magnesium flakes or Epsom salt, 1 to 2 cups Himalayan or sea salt and ½ teaspoon of natural vanilla oil. You may add 10 drops of skin-nourishing essential oil such as lavender or jojoba, but this is only optional. Once the flakes and salt have dissolved, soak yourself for about 10 minutes, then rinse.
- Bleach Baths
This type of bath is recommended by the National Eczema Association as it helps decrease bacteria on the skin and reduces the risk of bacterial skin infections that may make eczema worse. In a bathtub full of warm water, add ½ cup of household bleach. For a half bath, you may only need ¼ cup. Soak yourself for not more than 10 minutes, then rinse. Do this 2 to 3 times a week for better results.
- Vinegar Bath
This is another bath that may provide relief from the symptoms of eczema as it also kills bacteria that may stay on your skin. Add 1 cup to 1 pint of vinegar to your warm bath, soak in it for about 10 minutes and then rinse off. Do this 2 to 3 times a week. You may alternate this with your bleach bath.
These home remedies for eczema are so basic and simple yet work well in reducing itch and redness, thus, easing the discomfort of the sufferer. However, these remedies may only work for mild eczema. If you are suffering from moderate to severe cases, you have to consult your doctor for the right treatment.