Eczema is a pattern of skin outbreaks that can be very painful. Pompholyx eczema is a form of the condition that appears on the hands and fingers. This condition alters how the repair mechanism of the skin functions. Those who suffer from eczema regenerate skin at a faster rate, which may be caused by an abnormal immune function. There are many natural treatments, both external and internal, that can help manage this condition.
Outbreaks of eczema can be very painful and uncomfortable. Sometimes, the skin becomes dry and flaky while other times it gets inflamed, moist, oozing and crusty. Chronic eczema usually causes changes in skin color and it becomes thick and scaly. Severe itching accompanies all forms. During an outbreak, skin becomes much more susceptible to infection.
There are many possible causes for eczema. Atopic dermatitis is usually the most common cause for Pompholyx eczema as well as eczema on other parts of the body. Atopic dermatitis is a persistent skin condition linked with allergy. 70% of people with this condition also suffer from asthma, hay fever, or hives.
External Herbal Treatments
There are many herbal treatments applied externally that can alleviate outbreaks. Aloe gel and Avena oats are soothing and relieve inflamed skin. Calendula and witch hazel creams, preferably in a choline base, reduce inflammation and redness. Chamomile, chickweed and licorice creams prevent itching and hardening of the skin. Copaiba oil offers fast relief from inflammation and is an antibacterial. Marshmallow root cream and Sangre de Drago oil form a protective layer on the skin and deter infection. A tumeric poultice applied twice daily kills pain and accelerates healing.
Internal Herbal Treatments
Burdock tincture regulates the immune system. Oregon grape root detoxifies the system and lessens inflammation. Quercetin functions as an antihistamine and stops inflammation; take 250 mg three times daily. Sasparilla is an anti-inflammatory; take 300 mg three times daily.
Fish oil supplements reduce inflammation. Add brown rice and millet to your diet and try to eliminate soy, eggs ,dairy, wheat and peanuts. Keep the house humidified. Take fewer showers and baths because this depletes natural skin oils. Manage stress as best as you can because it triggers the immune system to release chemicals that are damaging to the skin. Avoid creams and moisturizers intended for use on normal skin. They may aggravate the condition and do not work the same way on infected skin.