The treatment plan and medications prescribed for eczema patients vary greatly from one to another. Usually, one has to follow a combination of therapies to get relief from this chronic skin disorder that is marked by skin inflammation, severe itching and leathery appearance of the epidermis. Recent medical studies have already shown that just popping pills or applying a topical ointment cannot prove completely effective in treating eczema.
Even conventional therapies such as phototherapy are not a sure shot treatment for this unremitting skin disorder. These treatments have to be coupled with healthy life style changes so as to prevent the formation of more scaly lesions and to alleviate the side effects of traditional medication and therapies. In most cases it has been noticed that eczema generally affects kids and that its intensity decreases with age, especially if care is taken not to expose oneself to allergens or chemical irritants.
However, in case this skin condition flares up again, you can give a try to eczema alternative therapies that have proven quite effective and have minimal side effects. Some of the most common natural remedies that you can use to treat eczema are discussed in details in the paragraphs given below.
Using Probiotics as Eczema Alternative Therapy
Probiotics, also known as the good bacteria, are microorganisms that occur naturally in the digestive tract of all human beings and play a vital role in curbing the growth of harmful bacteria by boosting the immunity of the body. Moreover, probiotics also aid in fortifying the protective barrier in a person’s digestive tract. Since most eczema infections stem as a result of harmful bacteria dwelling in the digestive tract, consuming food products that have a high content of probiotics can help in treating the same. A few recent medical studies have also provided conclusive proof about probiotic rich diet consumed by pregnant women reducing the risk of incidence of eczema in infants.
That apart, children who are more vulnerable to contracting this skin disorder or those who are already suffering from it can get considerable relief by regular intake of probiotic supplements available in the market. However, it is important that you consult a doctor before taking these and make sure that the product you buy has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This becomes all the more important if the patient suffers from immune deficiencies. It has been found that there are certain specific strains of probiotics that are much more effective in preventing and treating eczema. These include Lactobacillus GG, Lactobacillus fermentum VRI-033 PCC, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus reuteri, and Bifidobacteria lactis.
Using Topical Herbal Creams and Gels as Eczema Alternative Therapy
This is yet another popular and effective alternative therapy for treating eczema. There are a number of gels and creams available in the market, which comprise of some common herbal ingredients such as licorice, chamomile extracts and witch hazel whose soothing qualities work wonders for reducing the redness and burning sensation associated with eczema lesions. In fact, studies have already shown that the licorice gel used in such topical and herbal creams helped in reducing the swelling that most eczema patient develop due to constant itching and blistering of the scaly lesions.
It has also been proved that a chamomile cream could provide much better relief than a 0.5% hydrocortisone cream or placebo when it came to alleviating the symptoms of eczema. The same was true in the case of a double blind study conducted to compare the effectiveness of hazel extract and 0.5% hydrocortisone cream. Nonetheless, it is imperative that you consult a doctor before using these creams, especially if you have a sensitive skin that quickly contracts allergies.
Using Gamma-linolenic Acid as Eczema Alternative Therapy
One of the most common causes of eczema is the deficiency of essential lipids that occur naturally in those with healthy skin. Since the lack of same causes one to suffer from this skin disorder, it can be corrected to a large extent by taking Gamma-linolenic acids (GLA) supplements that stimulate the production of these lipids. Though this therapy does hold promise, its effectiveness is yet to be documented with conclusive evidence of the same.