3 Keys to Natural Eczema Remedies


Eczema can be caused by stress and emotional factors, nutritional deficiencies, food allergies and digestive function abnormalities including low stomach acid and low pancreatic enzyme levels. It is usually treated by dermatologists with prescriptions for various steroid creams that suppress the rash. For many people, this is an acceptable practice. However, others prefer to adopt a more natural approach.

Read more about food allergies and sensitivities

Diet

  • Make the diet as unrefined as possible. Avoid fried and processed foods, coffee, tea, alcohol, and sugar in any form. Even the sugar found naturally in fruit and fruit juices might aggravate chronic eczema in some individuals.
  • Dairy and eggs are strongly allergenic and found in hundreds of foods. A trial therapy of strict avoidance of these foods for several weeks will do no harm.
  • Conventional animal products can be loaded with drugs such as antibiotics, synthetic hormones, nitrates, nitrites, and other potential toxins. For short-term relief, an organic, plant-based diet is best.

As symptoms improve, poultry and fish can be added back to the diet. Later, whole fresh fruits can be consumed on a trial basis. If the eczema returns upon reintroduction of any food, a stricter dietary approach of either complete avoidance or a four day rotation of reactive foods can be instituted.

Supplements

Nutrient supplements that may be very helpful for both treatment and prevention include:

Treatment depends mainly on biochemical individuality which is something that can be determined through professional consultation and testing.

Read more about childhood eczema

Topical relief

Topically tea tree oil and calendula cream helps healing and prevents infections. So can vitamin E cream and aloe vera gel.

See a naturopath or a medical doctor familiar with the natural approach for a personalized program to help manage your eczema naturally.

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By Dr. Zoltan Rona| March 14, 2015
Categories:  Care

About the Author

Dr. Zoltan Rona

Dr. Zoltan Rona

Dr. Zoltan P. Rona is a graduate of McGill University Medical School (1977) and has a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry and Clinical Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut (1984). He is past president of The Canadian Holistic Medical Association (1987-88) and is the author of three Canadian bestsellers: The Joy of Health (1991), Return to the Joy of Health (1995) and Childhood Illness and The Allergy Connection (1997). He is co-author with Jeanne Marie Martin of The Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook (1996) and is the medical editor of the Benjamin Franklin Award winning Encyclopedia of Natural Healing (1998). He has had a private medical practice in Toronto for the past 35 years, has appeared on radio and TV as well as lectured extensively in Canada and the U.S. Dr. Rona currently writes regular articles for Reader’s Digest, Alive, Vitality magazine and for several web sites. His latest book “Vitamin D, the Sunshine Vitamin” was published in 2010. In 2011, Dr. Rona was named Chief Medical Advisor for NAKA Herbs and Vitamins and has developed a line of nutritional supplements (TriStar Naturals) which are sold in health food stores across Canada. He can be found at www.highlevelwellness.ca

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