Living with eczema can be annoying at best. Itchy, thickened and dry patches of skin caused by eczema not only irritate, but can also embarrass sufferers of this problematic disorder. While numerous doctor visits and prescribed medication are usually effective at treating eczema, those who desire a more natural treatment need look no further than the refrigerator. Though it has not been scientifically proven, apple cider vinegar has been touted as a great way to relieve eczema symptoms.
Taking 1 or 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water once a day has been said to help treat eczema. A little honey can be mixed into the water as well to fix any taste issues. Vinegar has a very strong flavor that few people enjoy when not mixed with something else.
In addition to helping treat eczema, cider vinegar also contains a small amount of potassium, a mineral many eczema sufferers lack.
Use 1/2 of a cup of cider vinegar and 1/3 of a cup of cold-compressed safflower or sunflower oil added to a bath make a great soak to treat dry, itchy skin associated with eczema. This treatment can help restore moisture to the skin and make dead skin cells easier to remove and prevent.
Cider Vinegar Cautions
According to WebMD, there are a number of dangers to be aware of before using cider vinegar. First, vinegar is, by definition, very acidic. When consuming vinegar, be sure it is always diluted and try not to let skin come in direct contact with full-strength (usually 5 percent) vinegar for extended periods of time.
Also, vinegar contains chromium, which can interact with insulin levels, so diabetics should be cautious and consult a doctor before implementing frequent use. Those with osteoporosis or a significant potassium deficiency should also consult a medical professional before beginning a regular vinegar treatment regimen.