Eczema, also known as dermatitis, is a skin condition consisting of inflammation and irritation. Symptoms for eczema can range anywhere from dandruff to oozing blisters. There are a few different types of eczema. All skin areas can be affected but the most painful and problematic dermatitis appears to be eczema on hands and feet. Eczema on hands is especially irritating as you use hands in nearly every aspect of life’s daily activities. For the same reason, eczema on feet can be very bothersome for anyone who has a need to walk, which is most people.
Different Types of Eczema
Atopic Dermatitis – is the most common type and usually begins early in age. This type of dermatitis affects skin on the face, inner elbows, behind knees, hands and feet.
Contact Dermatitis – there are two types of contact dermatitis:
Irritant contact dermatitis – caused by irritating substances such as chemicals and soaps. Many cases of eczema on hands is this type of eczema and is usually employment related.
Allergic contact dermatitis – caused by touching substances which can cause allergic reactions such as poison ivy, certain make-up, and nickel in jewelry
Dyshidrotic Dermatitis – chronic and painful eczema of the hands and feet. Cause is usually unknown.
When found, this eczema on hands is found on the palms of the hands.
Similarly when this dermatitis is eczema on feet, it is found on the soles of the feet.
Women are more likely to develop this type of eczema than men; sometimes twice as likely.
Nummular Dermatitis – affects men more than women. Causes round red marks usually on the legs, backs of hands, forearms, lower back and hips.
Neurodermatitis – usually affecting back, neck, genitals, scalp, writs, ankles, and ear
Natural Internal and External Remedies
Although there are many causes for eczema, it seems the main core cause correlates with gut health. Beneficial gut bacterial (probiotics) interact with tiny organisms on your skin. Keeping your digestive system healthy can keep many ailments from bothering you, including eczema. While there are many different remedies on the market, attempting to handle the situation naturally not only keeps foreign substances away from your body, some natural remedies can assist your body from inside and outside.
Natural Internal Remedies
1. Healthy diet and nutrition
Fresh produce and juices
Detox foods such as celery, cucumber and kale
Detox herbs such as cilantro, ginger and parsley
2. Bone broth
Heals the gut lining
Helps boost beneficial gut bacteria
4. Coconut oil – cold pressed extra virgin
5. Fermented cod liver oil
Excellent source of healthy fat
Reduces body inflammation
Great source of Vitamins A, D, E and K
6. Aloe Vera
Aids the immune system
7. Vitamin E
Gives protection from free radicals
Helps regulate Vitamin A for good immune system function
8. Calendula (marigold) flowers
Eliminates bad bacteria
Assists in quicker healing
9. Omega 3’s
Natural External Remedies
1. Coconut oil – cold pressed extra virgin
Helps cool itching and pain
Works well for eczema on hands
2. Sea spray
Dries open and oozing sores from eczema
3. Magnesium Baths
Detoxes skin and relaxing
4. Aloe Vera
6. Skin rejuvenating essential oils
7. Cool, wet compresses
- Reducing unnecessary stress from your life can also help lessen eczema breakouts.
- One more natural remedy for eczema, especially eczema on hands and feet, is ultraviolet light. A few minutes each day in direct sunlight may, over time, lessen eczema irritation.