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Constipation Remedies For Adults

Constipation Remedies For Adults

Constipation Remedies For AdultsWith eating habits getting worse at present, you can find lots of individuals looking for constipation remedies for adults. These remedies often include going through some lifestyle changes at home, and also taking medications. Continue reading

Chronic Sinusitis Surgery – Is This a Good Option?

Chronic Sinusitis Surgery

Chronic Sinusitis SurgerySinusitis is something that you can easily deal with, however, there are times when chronic sinusitis surgery might be needed. This is usually opted for when chronic sinusitis already becomes debilitating, hampering your daily tasks. Continue reading

Acid Reflux Causes

Acid Reflux Causes

Acid Reflux CausesMany people are wondering about the different acid reflux causes. Many of them have been suffering from acid reflux and being able to determine the cause of such a condition will surely help them avoid such causes so that they would not be suffering from the pain and discomfort of acid reflux. Continue reading

Sickle Cell Anemia Treatment

Sickle Cell Anemia Treatment

Sickle Cell Anemia TreatmentSuffering from sickle cell anemia would require you to provide yourself with the best sickle cell anemia treatment. This is not the most common type of anemia and would require careful medical attention. Continue reading

Treatments For Eczema

Treatments For Eczema

Treatments For EczemaThere are different treatments for eczema that you can opt for. In fact, if you make use of these treatments, you would be able to free yourself from the symptoms of such a skin condition. You can make use of natural treatments and you can also choose medications that usually involve the use of topical creams.

 

According to About.com, under their Alternative Medicine section, there are various natural remedies for eczema. It provided the following information:

 

  • Probiotics. These are called “good” bacteria. They are live microbial organisms naturally found in the digestive tract and are thought to suppress the growth of potentially harmful bacteria, influence immune function, and strengthen the digestive tract’s protective barrier.

 

In addition to the use of probiotics to prevent eczema, probiotics have also been explored as a treatment for infants and children who already have eczema. Some studies have found that probiotics alleviate symptoms of eczema only in infants and children who are sensitized to food allergens.

 

  • Topical herbal creams and gels. Gels and creams made from herbal extracts of chamomile, licorice, and witch hazel have been explored to reduce symptoms of eczema.

 

Source: About.com – Alternative Medicine

 

Aside from these treatments for eczema mentioned above, there are other treatments that can be bought over the counter. Some treatments are prescribed by doctors. Net Doctor has provided some of the treatments for eczema that you can choose. It categorized the treatments according to the symptoms that you may feel as a result of eczema:

 

Dry skin

 

Aside from avoiding trigger factors, the most important element of eczema treatment is to keep the skin hydrated by regularly using moisturisers and moisturising soap substitutes. These help to maintain the barrier function of the skin and reduce itching, scratching and the penetration of irritants, allergens and micro-organisms. Moisturisers should be used regularly, even when using other treatments and when the condition seems to have cleared up.

 

Inflammation

 

Flare-ups of eczema are traditionally treated with topical corticosteroids. These reduce inflammation in the skin and are safe and effective medicines when used correctly. Topical steroids come in various strengths, and the least potent product that is effective should be used to control the inflammation. Mild corticosteroids are generally used for children and on the face and flexures, eg crease of the elbow or behind the knees etc. More potent corticosteroids may be needed for adults with discoid or lichenified eczema, or with eczema on the scalp, limbs, and trunk.

 

Lichenification

 

Lichenification is thickening of the skin with exaggeration of the normal skin markings, which gives the skin a leathery, bark-like appearance. It’s a result of repeated scratching and is initially treated with potent topical corticosteroids. Bandages are sometimes applied over the topical steroids to treat chronic, lichenified eczema, because these increase the absorption of steroid into the thickened skin and break the ‘itch-scratch’ cycle of eczema. They should only be used under the supervision of a doctor. The bandages may sometimes contain zinc, ichthammol or coal tar, used for their anti-itching and mild anti-inflammatory effects.

 

Infection

 

Chronic eczema may often become infected, particularly with the bacteria Staphyllococcus aureus, which is found in large numbers on skin affected by eczema. Eczema in moist areas of skin such as skin folds is also more susceptible to fungal infections. Infection worsens the inflammation of the skin and may require treatment with antimicrobial medicines, such as antibiotics, antifungals or antivirals.

 

Itching

 

Many people complain that itching is the worse symptom of their eczema. Short courses of sedating antihistamines are sometimes prescribed to help reduce severe itching during acute flare-ups of eczema. These are mainly of value because they cause sedation, and are usually taken at bedtime to help sufferers sleep without scratching.

 

Source: Net Doctor

 

You may combine natural and conventional treatments for eczema. To be sure, especially if you are planning to use corticosteroids and the like, consult your doctor first so that the right creams and medicines will be prescribed for you.

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