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

Seborrheic Dermatitis – dandruff

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

3. Probiotics

  • 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

  • Reduces inflammation

  • 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

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Reduces swelling

  • Alleviates itching

5. Avocado

  • Moisturizes skin

  • Heals skin

6. Skin rejuvenating essential oils

  • Neroli

  • Rose Otto

  • Lavender

  • Chamomile

  • Yarrow

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.

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