The Value Of Good Hygiene With Atopic Eczema

One of the most important functions of the skin is to act as a barrier against infection in the outside world. This natural barrier is impaired in atopic eczema making people of all ages who have this skin complaint more vulnerable to certain bacterial and viral skin infections, particularly Staphylococcus aureus and Herpes simplex.

Staphylococcus Aureus s

Staphylococcus aureus (Staph aureus) is a bacterium. There are about 30 different species of Staphylococcus, many of which live harmlessly on the skin’s surface. However, Staph aureus is a potential pathogen or ‘bad guy’ which can cause several skin problems including folliculitis (a spotty rash due to infection of the hair follicles), boils and abscesses. Certain rarer strains of Staph aureus can cause a crusty yellow rash called ‘impetigo’, which is highly contagious.

People with atopic eczema are more vulnerable to skin infections with Staph aureus because it adheres to their skin more easily, and penetrates through the tiny cracks in the skin surface. This means that virtually all atopic eczema sufferers have Staph aureus on their skin. When low levels of bacteria are present and there are no obvious signs of infection, the skin is said to be ‘colonized’. However, Staph aureus can thrive and multiply on eczema skin. When the bacterial load increases, signs of infection appear and the eczema flares. On infected eczema there may be over 10 million bacteria on a patch of skin the size of a fingernail. Staph aureus is rarely found on the skin of people who do not have atopic eczema, although they may carry it at certain body sites such as inside the nose without any ill effects.

Why Is Staphylococcus Aureus Bad For Eczema?

When Staph aureus proliferates (overgrows) on atopic eczema skin, it boosts the already over-active immune system and can trigger an itchy flare. Scratching causes more damage to the skin surface as well as bleeding and weeping, and this provides an ideal environment for more bacterial growth. This leads to higher levels of Staph aureus and a vicious circle of infection and worsening eczema. Certain strains of Staph aureus act as if ‘turbo charged’ and release toxins called ‘superantigens’, which trigger a very vigorous reaction.

The importance of Staph aureus in eczema has been shown in experiments where these bacteria were applied to the skin. In normal skin, this application triggered a small patch of eczema, but when Staph aureus was applied to the forearm of eczema sufferers, it caused a more widespread flare spreading to the elbow crease.

It is not possible to permanently eradicate Staph aureus from the skin of atopic eczema sufferers, but levels can be kept low by getting the eczema under good control, and using moisturizers to restore the skin’s outer barrier.

Treatment Of Staph Aureus Infection

The choice of treatment for Staph aureus infection usually depends on how badly the skin is infected.

For milder infections with a minor eczema flare, it may be possible to reduce the level of bacteria simply by treating the eczema actively with moisturizers and topical steroids. Bath oils and soap substitutes with added antiseptics may help reduce infection, and some dermatologists recommend these on a long-term basis in children or adults who have repeated infective flares. Antiseptics that are widely used in eczema products include benzalkonium chloride, triclosan and chlorhexidine. Bathing in a dilute solution of potassium permangonate will dry up weeping infections.

Sometimes a topical antibiotic will be prescribed, usually as a combined formulation with a steroid. Several combination creams and ointments exist, but it is best to avoid using them as a long-term treatment because this can encourage resistant bacteria to develop.

If there are signs of heavy bacterial infection with a lot of redness, oozing, crusting and pustules (spots), a course of oral antibiotics is needed. The most commonly prescribed oral antibiotics for treating infected eczema are flucloxacillin and erythromycin. These usually work quickly and the eczema should improve in a few days. However, if other measures are not included to keep it under control and restore the skin barrier, the infection will usually relapse quickly after the antibiotic treatment is completed.

General hygiene measures for people with infected eczema at home include the following:
Use antibiotic or antiseptic treatment as prescribed and for the full length of treatment
Bath or shower every day
Use separate hand and bath towels
Avoid face cloths which may harbor bacteria
Change bed linen regularly and wash in a hot wash
Do not prepare food without wearing gloves if the hands are affected.

Suffering with eczema is not something we should have to live through. Finding an eczema treatment which works for you doesn’t have to be challenging. Regretably medicine do not have all the right answers so why not look into a natural treatment for eczema.

How To Avoid Allergies, Asthma And Eczema By Weaning Your Baby Correctly

Weaning a baby is an incredibly complicated subject and a process that has serious implications for the child in later life. Problems such as eczema, food allergies and asthma are directly attributable to the timing of the baby’s weaning. Too early and there may be problems, too late and there can be problems. This is also an issue that is quite misunderstood by health professionals. Worse still, many advise practices which directly conflict with the best medical research available.
For timing purposes in this article, please use the birth date unless the baby was born prematurely. For preemies, it is important that timing is taken from when the baby was due, not when it was born.
So, before discussing how the process should be done, let’s have a look at what women presently do. The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition concluded a study of over 2,000 mothers in the the US during 2008. What they found was that:

Approximately 21% of the mothers introduced solid foods before 4 months
Only 7% waited until after 6 months to introduce solids
29% of the mothers introduced >3 new foods per week to infants aged 5 to 10 months.
Approximately 20% of the mothers fed juice before 6 months, fed cow’s milk before 12 months, and fed infants less than 5 times per day after 5 months
14% of the mothers chewed food for their infant.
Approximately 15% of the mothers gave less than 1 serving daily of either a fruit or vegetable to infants aged more than 9 months
50% added salt to their infant’s food, and more than one third who added salt used non-iodized salt
Approximately 20% fed reduced-fat cow’s milk at 1 year
Nearly 50% of the 10-month-old infants had eaten restaurant food in a restaurant in the previous week
22% of the babies had eaten carry-out food and 28% had eaten either carry-out or restaurant food at least two times that week

All of the above are not recommended!
So, we have established that parents of preemies should consider starting to introduce solids at 4-7 months of corrected age. However, what solids should be introduced and in what sequence? Earlier studies indicated that many allergies, eczema and other sensitivities in children were a result of being exposed to the wrong food groups too early in the baby’s weaning process. More recent studies have found that lack of exposure to certain food groups is causing these complaints. That’s very confusing for parents! Couple that with the problem of having to age-adjust everything for a preemie and you’re in a world of confusion and misinformation.
Wheat Allergies
So, it’s important that the different food groups are introduced at around 6 months of corrected age. A study at the University of Colorado monitored 1,612 babies and followed them until they were nearly 5 years old. The aim was to compare the effects of cereals such as wheat, barley, rye, oats in the babies’ diet and the development of wheat allergy. Their dietary habits were documented at 3, 6, 9, 15, 24 months and annually thereafter. What they found was that 1% of the children (16 in total) became wheat intolerant. All the children who became wheat intolerant had first been exposed to wheat in their diet later than 6 months of age. The conclusion of the study was that delayed introduction to cereals can increase the risk of later intolerance. The recommendation is not to delay exposure to wheat and other cereals any later than 6 months of age.
Childhood Eczema
Another study in New Zealand followed children from birth to 10 years of age. In particular they were following the relationship between the introduction of solids to babies and eczema. They found that 7.5% of the children developed chronic or recurrent eczema in later life. They found a clear correlation between the baby’s exposure to different food groups during the first 4 months of its life and its subsequent development of eczema. Babies exposed to four or more different types of solid before 4 months of age had risks of developing eczema 2.9 times greater than those who were not exposed to early solid feeding. They also found that delaying the introduction of solids beyond 6 months did not help in preventing future allergies such as eczema.
Weaning Window of Opportunity
These studies clearly indicate the window of opportunity for weaning babies. Too early and they may develop allergies in future life, too late and the same might happen. The baby should not be given any solids before 4 months of age (corrected age for preemies). The baby should start to be given cereals by 6 months of age (corrected age for preemies). For preemies in particular this timing is doubly difficult. It’s a small 2 month window of opportunity yet the data on whether the timing should be age-adjusted or not is not abundantly clear.
What to Introduce and When?

Another study in Finland compared 994 children to examine how the timing of the introduction of solids during the first 12 months of life affected allergies in by the time the children were 5 years old. They found that on average mothers exclusively breast fed for 7 weeks. They then found that the late introduction of the following food groups could be directly correlated to an allergy to that group.

Potatoes (more than 4 months)
Oats (more than 5 months)
Meat (more than 5.5 months)
Wheat (more than 6 months)
Rye (more than 7 months)
Fish (more than 8.2 months)
Eggs (more than 10.5 months)

They found that in particular the late introduction of fish, meat, potatoes and rye was particularly associated with later development of asthma. They also found that the late introduction of eggs, oats and wheat related to food allergies in later life. Again, this all makes the timing of the introduction of solids a very delicate exercise for parents, more so for parents of preemies. In summary, the best collation of the different sources gives us the following table.
0 – 4 months (i.e. due date to due date plus 4 months for preemies) Breast feed or formula only.
4-6 months (corrected for preemies)
OK, so around month 4 it starts to get quite detailed and specific. From then on, the process is the same as a term baby, i.e., new foods are introduced in a logical sequence. Research indicates that iron-fortified infant rice cereal prepared with breast milk (or formula) is the ideal food to start the weaning process, along with common vegetables and non-citrus fruits. A soft-tip spoon with a long handle and a small head is ideal to use for feeding.
1. Gradually introduce complementary food to the baby at 4-6 months of age, 4-6 months from the due-date for a preemie.
2. Only begin if the baby shows an interest in solid food, appears hungry after breastfeeding or is not gaining ample weight according to the growth charts.
3. Do not introduce more than 3 new foods in any one week. (No more than 1 new food in any one day)
4. Only give complementary food after breastfeeding.
5. Lightly boil ground rice with breast milk and crush to a fine watery paste. A couple of spoonfuls once or twice a day is an ideal start.
6. Never add sugar or salt!
7. Always allow to fully cool and feed with a spoon, never put in a bottle.
Introductory Vegetables Broccoli, carrot, cauliflower, cucumber, green beans, parsnip, peas, potato, pumpkin, sweet potato (yam), zucchini (courgette)
Introductory Fruit Apple, apricot, avocado, banana, grapes, mango, melon, nectarine, peaches, pear, plums.
At this point in time, it’s probably a good idea to invest in some baby food containers and a good cookbook. This works out to be very cost effective, it’s difficult and time-consuming to prepare 2 oz (70 ml) meals individually! It’s also very expensive to buy baby-food pre-prepared. It’s a great idea to make your own. Make up a batch and freeze. A coffee bean grinder makes a great job of grinding down brown rice.
6-9 months (corrected for preemies)
Your baby will probably have a few teeth by now. Instead of puree, they can start to manage a more coarsely mashed texture now, even chopped and diced closer to 9 months. So, these are the foods that need to be introduced now. Drinks from a trainer cup can be introduced at this point. Most sources recommend water only, or maybe some expressed milk. It’s really just an educational exercise at this point. Babies shouldn’t get juice (especially citric juices) at this time, especially before bed-time. If you do decided to give fruit juice then make sure it is pasteurized.
Closer to 6 months they should be introduced to the following food groups; Meat (chicken, turkey, lamb, beef, pork) Porridge, rice, semolina, rusks, wheat & whole grain cereals, bread (preferably whole grain), pasta. Around 7-8 months the following can be given: yogurt, citrus fruits, berries, tomato, kiwi fruit. Closer to 9 months the following should be introduced: fish, cooked egg yolk (no whites), cooked dried beans, lentils etc., baked beans, tofu.
12 months onwards (corrected for preemies)
We’re now into the home stretch of food introduction! All dairy products can be given now.

Full-fat cow’s milk (2/3rd pint, 350 mls per day)
Whole Egg (yolk and white)
Smooth peanut butter.

Hopefully by this time you will now have a child set up for success with food! It’s a difficult and complicated process but it is very important to follow. Child allergies and eczema are constantly on the increase and there isn’t yet a good understanding of why that is. Asthma and food allergies can be terrible afflictions that can last for a lifetime. A little extra effort and trouble up-front will pay huge dividends in the long term.
References
Solid Food Introduction in Relation to Eczema: Results From a Four-Year Prospective Birth Cohort Study Pediatrics, November 2008
Timing of Initial Exposure to Cereal Grains and the Risk of Wheat Allergy Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, Colorado June 2006
Early Solid Feeding and Recurrent Childhood Eczema: A 10-Year Longitudinal Study Christchurch Child Development Study, Department of Paediatrics, Christchurch School of Medicine, Christchurch Hospital, New Zealand October 1990
Age at the Introduction of Solid Foods During the First Year and Allergic Sensitization at Age 5 Years Pediatrics, December 2009 World Health Organization – Infant and young child nutrition March 2000

Little Known Natural Remedies For Eczema

Looking for natural remedies for eczema can be hard and time consuming. Discovering a permanent solution for your eczema problem can be even tougher. In this brief article I will touch upon 3 natural eczema remedies that might not be well known, but they are indeed effective.

It’s a good idea to understand that the label “natural remedies” is by no means a guarantee for safety or effectiveness. The remedies I will be discussing in this article should have no problem in that department though.

Many people spend a lot of time looking for remedies that work, and they never consider that some of these remedies might be found in any kitchen or grocery store. Let’s now take a look at the three remedies that has proven themselves effective in many cases.

Extra-virgin Olive Oil

Unrefined olive oil, or so called virgin and extra-virgin olive oil, is very healthy for your digestion. It has a calming effect on your entire digestive system. Many people like to take on table spoon of extra-virgin olive oil as a food supplement in the morning and evening.

This will do wonders for your digestion, and help ease the food safely through your system. It has to be a high quality olive oil though, but that doesn’t mean it has to be all that expensive.

You should also consider increasing the quality of the olive oil you use in your cooking. There is a connection between eczema and digestion, and extra-virgin olive oil will improve your digestion and diminish your eczema symptoms.

B vitamins

B vitamins is also connected to digestion. A lot of vitamin B is actually produced by beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract.

However, when you suffer from eczema and your digestion is not working properly, it will affect your vitamin B level. Since vitamin B is also important for proper digestion a vicious spiral will soon emerge.

Therefore it can be a very good idea to take vitamin B supplement if you suffer from eczema. In milder cases this might actually be enough to completely remove the symptoms altogether.

Probiotics

Probiotics can in some cases be almost like a miracle remedy for your eczema. Among all the natural remedies for eczema this is probably the most important I’ve ever come across.

After a few weeks or so on pro-biotics you can expect to go into what is often referred to as “healing crisis”. This is very common with natural remedies, and it will feel similar to a common flu. It will blow over in a few days.

Once the healing crisis is over with you can expect your eczema symptoms to clear up to various degrees. Some report of being completely cured, but that is mostly milder cases. Don’t expect this if you case is more severe.

The connection between digestive problems and eczema is supported by the effect probiotics have on many eczema sufferers. You should really explore this connection further if you want to gain a deeper understanding of your condition.

Alternative Eczema Treatments

While there are several traditional treatments that were viewed as relatively great at treating eczema, there are other natural home remedies available in the process. While topical creams like hydrocortisone are classified as the most commonly seen eczema treatments individuals that practice alternative health remedies have had success for eczema with zinc oxide and various other natural concoctions.

Eczema treatment usually features a moisturizing skin lotion. You cannot assume all lotions are the same though. Lotions are the best strategy to keep skin from having recurrences. The most beneficial remedy easily obtainable in lotion form is Exzemax. By all counts, it truely does work much better than all your other lotions combined. Exzemax lotion is definitely an all-natural lotion, which but not just helps heal the eczema it contributes greatly alleviate future occurrences. If you happen to suffer, Exzemax during breakouts is among the biggest eczema treatments to try and do.

Once you’ve got isolated specific substances which are causing you to feel itchy and cause eczema to appear, pay them down out of your diet and environment whenever we can.Cleaning Your Itch AwayEven if you is going to be doing all of your advisable to rid your environment of your respective allergy inducing substances, there will always be times that you touch an allergen. Once you notice the itch appearing as well as the the whole set of usual symptoms of eczema, immediately wash the spot (or as soon as you can). There is no need to make usage of soap, water will do unless you have your non-perfumed soap on hand. For everybody who is out and about, always have a small container of your moisturizer to help you moisturize skin after washing.

To help reduce eczema in the face, it is advisable to avoid long baths. Toddler skin loses it moisture should you give her longer baths. You ought to have frequent baths in lukewarm water. You can begin using a very mild soap any time you prefer, or hold off until having a baby really is dirty. Lastly, apply moisturizer within the affected skin areas at least 2 times a day. Use moisturizers which can be hypoallergenic and fragrance free including Vaseline, Aveeno, or Lubriderm. Leaving a humidifier inside room can certainly help the newborn’s skin from getting too dry.

To take out eczema without struggling you ought to make use of a lotion containing natural ingredients for example rosin oils of lemon, orange, and lavender, using pasteurized bees wax.These components when used together from the right amounts provide an effective treatment through providing cellular structure of yourself skin the nutrients needed to overcome the down sides that occur with eczema.

Regular moisturizing in avoiding skin dryness. Having dermititis can induce a flare-up of eczema.Avoiding triggers that can worsen an eczema outbreak, or induce one during remission. Triggers are different for eczema sufferers, nonetheless the most frequently found ones include particular food items (like eggs, milk, milk products, peanuts and seafood), heat, low humidity, perspiration, stress, and anxiety.

Avoiding using harsh soaps and commercial skin products.These herbal remedies for eczema but not only ease the actual skin condition during a flare-up. In addition, they prevent future outbreaks and lengthen plenty of time between flare-ups.Herbal lotions can also be popular solutions for eczema. These topical remedies typically contain extracts of licorice, chamomile, and witch hazel, that really help to appease your epidermis and lower rashes and itching. Besides these, various homemade concoctions may relieve the signs and symptoms of eczema when applied on affected skin areas. A few examples of these home made remedies are:

Natural Cures For Eczema – How Exercise Buffs Can Prevent Eczema Flare-ups

So you have noticed that your eczema flares up even more after working out at the gym. Dont worry, you did not catch it from the bench press, barbells, or the instructor. Eczema is not contagious; it is commonly hereditary than anything else. So, your eczema flaring up after exercising is not really caused by any external factor. It is, in fact, caused by a factor which comes from withinyour sweat. Thankfully, this doesnt mean that you should give up going to the gym and working out altogether. There are some natural cures for eczema you can try to alleviate the skin breakout.

Before delving further into these natural cures though, you should first understand what happens in your skin after exercise.

When you exercise properly, you sweat. This is especially true if you exercise in the gym. Now, sweat has the capacity to irritate your skin and trigger eczema breakout. Sweat is salty and it dehydrates the skin, causing it to dry and itch. However, sweat is also helpful because it is the bodys natural reaction to reduce the temperature when it becomes too heated. In short, although sweat can aggravate eczema, it should never be ones goal to prevent it from coming out.

There are preventive and natural cures for eczema that suit exercise buffs. These techniques will enable them to continue exercising without having to suffer an aggravated case of the skin condition by sweating too much.

The first technique is to drink a lot of water before and after working out. This will keep you hydrated so your skin wont crack and dry even after sweating a lot. The more water you drink, the less salty your perspiration becomes too.

The second tip is to immediately take a shower after exercising. Any sweat left in the skin can cause the eczema to flare up so its best to wash it away as soon as possible.

When you shower, make sure that the water isnt hot. In addition, you must only use a mild soap. Hot water dries the skin further as well as harsh chemically-based soaps and shampoos. It is always best to choose cleansers which have natural ingredients that can soothe and moisturize the skin.

If you only exercise to maintain current health and weight, you may want to explore other forms of physical routine that will not cause excessive sweating such as yoga or pilates. Or, you may choose to lessen the number of times that you go to the gym or the intensity of each routine.

Finally, pay attention to the materials of the clothes you are wearing. Jerseys are commonly made of synthetic materials which can make you sweat even more. Switch to using more breathable and comfortable attire for exercise.

These are the natural cures for eczema that exercise buffs should know. Being aware of how to deal with the condition naturally can not only save you money, but can save you a lot of distress and discomfort too. After all, who would want to have a sexy body wrapped in an itchy and ugly skin?

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