Eczema also known as atopic dermatitis is a recurring, non-contagious, inflammatory skin condition. The condition is most common in people with a family history of an eczema, including asthma and or hay fever.
Sufferers experience their skin appearing red, dry and scaly and will generally be very itchy. Itching skin separates eczema from other skin rashes. In severe cases the skin may weep, bleed and crust over, causing the sufferer discomfort and sometimes result in the skin becoming infected. Golden Staph being common.
Although eczema affects all ages, it usually appears in early childhood. Babies generally show signs of eczema between two-to-six months of age and eczema usually disappears around six years of age. More than half of all eczema sufferers show signs before the age of 12 months and 20 per cent of people develop eczema before the age of five.
Most children grow out of the condition, but a small percentage may experience severe eczema into adulthood. Eczema affects approximately one third of all Australian’s at sometime in their lifetime.
In most cases the rash usually appears on the hands, neck, inner elbows and the backs of knees and ankles. In infants however, it usually appears on the face, elbows and knees.
Even though it appears that the condition can flare up and subside for no apparent reason, the cause of eczema and its aggravation may be due to many reasons and the individual must assess their familial history, environment and dietary habits for clues to the intolerances in determining the most appropriate Eczema treatment.
Our Practitioners undertake a full health assessment of the individual using Iridology, history taking, immunological blood work, current habits and desired outcomes.
Triggers to eczema may include:
- Family history of eczema, asthma or hay fever.
- Poor diet, tobacco smoking and alcohol consumption.
- Intolerances to food additives and chemicals, such as petrol and plastic.
- Intolerances to particular foods including wheat, dairy (lactose), citrus fruits, eggs, nuts, seafood, preservatives and colourings.
- Weather – hot and humid or cold and dry conditions.
- Excessive Heating/Overheating and Air Conditioning.
- Environmental: dust mites, moulds, grasses, plant pollens, pets and clothing, soaps, shampoos and washing powders, cosmetics, toiletries and temperature change.
By determining the triggers, eczema treatment may include nutritional and dietary advice, vitamin and mineral supplements and EBT. EBT (Nambudripads Energy Balancing Technique) is used to rebalance and realign the body’s meridians to enhance the body’s ability to cope with and desensitize the triggers. Based on a Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy, this incredible technique has been used in the clinics for over 13 years. qted from Dr. Nerida