Before seeking treatments for this condition it is essential that you know a little about what it is exactly and how to identify it. Atopic dermatitis is one of the most common types of eczema and although it occurs most often in children and young people, it can attack at any age. The symptoms of this condition are as follows:
- Red dots,
- inflamed skin
- constant itching
- liquid residue
It is clear that it causes great discomfort and if it is not treated correctly, it can affect you in all aspects of your life. That is why this site was created, so you can get a break from this condition.
If so common, why is there no definitive cure? As science has not yet confirmed the decisive cause of this condition, therefore finding a cure has not been easy. There is enough evidence to suggest that it results from an internal reaction to the combination of the environment, genetics and weakened areas of the skin. To learn more about the possible causes of atopic dermatitis and their respective treatment, read on. Therapies that can help you treat your condition will be discussed later.
Allergens and Environmental Triggers:
These can be difficult to control as a way to treat atopic dermatitis. There are too many factors that can cause a reaction in your skin and that are difficult to have under control. Some environmental triggers such as pet hair, cleaning chemicals and mites can be controlled but never completely avoided. Another example is smoke, which in many cases is a trigger for atopic facial dermatitis. Smoke can be avoided but it is common to be exposed to it at any time. Food allergens cannot be easily controlled either. Each person has a unique tolerance towards food, for example, you can react with lactose and another person with spicy food. Some people are sensitive to PH levels in food, which is even more complicated to control.
“You will have to consult with an expert or specialist to identify your personal reactions with food and get some recommendations”.
You should try a diet that helps prevent eczema but this will not always be possible. Eating in a restaurant or at friends’ houses means that the ingredients will be unknown. Skin products including makeup are treated quite suspiciously as allergen triggers. Elements in creams, lotions, makeup and enamels are always the first in the list of causes in terms of atopic dermatitis. There are hypoallergenic brands that are less likely to contain allergens . Organic brands that have natural ingredients that do not cover your pores are a very good option if you suffer from outbreaks. You should not completely stop your use of beauty products, since the idea is not that. Simply look for products with no allergen elements. You don’t have to compromise your beauty!
Finding a treatment that you can trust is hard work but not impossible. It is obvious that you cannot completely avoid the existing elements in everything that surrounds you, but there are ways to treat your reactions. Standard treatments are simply the most accepted in the medical field and include topical creams (containing steroids), ultraviolet light therapy and various prescriptions. Other more complex treatments require admission to the hospital or clinic but you only have to worry about this if you suffer from severe outbreaks. How effective are these ‘standard’ treatments? It is true that they are effective to some extent but like everything else, it has its disadvantages. First, the investment that must be made to make use of the medications is large, so for this condition a treatment is needed that extends over a long period of time, given its recurring nature. Checking with your budget is inevitable. Another disadvantageous factor already consists in the application and use of medicines. It is recommended to use natural treatments to complement your doctor’s prescription since some medications can affect the most delicate areas such as your face and eyelids. It is always important to consult your doctor first to get a professional opinion and additional recommendations.
What does it consist of? Well, this type of therapy is what is considered unconventional and that complements standard medical treatments. If you’re wondering what effect it can have on you, it’s basically about speeding up the healing time, improving the recovery process and acting as a natural soothing by resorting to relaxation. Any therapy that helps you relax can help prevent the spread of toxins inside your body as stress products. Many people believe that outbreaks may appear during periods of stress, rather than soon after being exposed to an allergen. The key then is to keep the body in a state of relaxation to prevent outbreaks.
Here are some types of complementary therapy:
- Massages: As previously stated, fighting stress is one of the ways to fight atopic dermatitis. Undergoing regular massage sessions is a good option to achieve relaxation and calm.
- Acupuncture: It is another form of relaxation that can even be more effective than massages, since it can be applied to both normal and affected skin.
- Western herbal medicine: The technique used is derived from plants for healing, making use of roots and herbs to fight outbreaks. White oak and elm roots are common in these treatments.
- Extracts: These constitute a popular treatment to soothe the skin and speed up the healing process. Extracts are used as well as olive oil and hemp smiles among others.
It is important to be aware that complementary therapy does not mean the replacement of standard therapy, but that it works in its function and making it more effective. You must investigate to find the treatment that benefits you the most.
As for any treatment you undergo, you need to be sure of the dose and especially know if the methods have been tested before. This applies to both standard therapies and complementary therapies. The consequences of using a proven method or an incorrect dose can harm your health even more and even worsen the state of your atopic dermatitis. It is essential to seek the opinion of an expert who specializes in skin care and natural healing. It is also important to consult with someone who knows both standard therapies and complementary therapies to give you an effective treatment. What kind of recommendations should you look for? Having knowledge about herbal medicines, relaxation techniques, nutrition and other therapies is essential, so the expert who provides you with this type of data is ideal. There is another source of information; an e-book entitled Goodbye Eczema that has been written by a specialist who has also suffered from severe atopic dermatitis for most of his life. With the book he intends to publicize effective treatments and provide a collection of recommendations in order to offer relief to others.