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Eczema Bulletin, Issue #023 - Is Spirulina Benefical For Eczema?
June 01, 2015

Eczema Bulletin, Issue #023 - Is Spirulina Benefical For Eczema?

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This is the 23th edition of Eczema Bulletin. It will bring you articles and news about eczema, and also any updates to If you would like to add any suggestions for articles or news, or even add your own then I would love to hear from you

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This month's Eczema Bulletin includes

  • June's Featured Article – Is Spirulina Benefical For Eczema?
  • My favourite eczema news article
  • Tip of the Month
  • 5 Ways To.....allergy proof your office

Is Spirulina Benefical For Eczema?

Spirulina is a blue green algae that is found in lakes and rivers in certain places around the world.

It has been used as part of a basic diet for many years in Mexico and Asia.

Spirulina is known as a super-food.

Here are some of the benefits of spirulina that may help eczema:

  • An excellent source of GLA. GLA, also known as gamma linoleic acid, is an essential fatty acid (EFA). EFAs are great for the skin. They help keep it moisturised. This in turn helps prevent skin damage, including stopping the skin from breaking and cracking
  • A good source of protein. It is suitable for vegans, so it is a good protein alternative to fish. Protein from vegetable sources have been reported to help alleviate the symptoms of eczema
  • High in vitamins and minerals, especially B12. B12 has been used in some trials, and results have shown that it can be beneficial to eczema, especially in reducing inflammation

Spirulina can be brought in health food shops. As it has got more popular as an alternative way to help certain complaints you can now buy it in certain supermarkets.

You can take it as

  • capsules
  • tablets
  • dried
  • powder

It has no reported side effects, so it may be worth giving it a try. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, check with your doctor before trying it.

If you are taking spirulina or have experience of taking it, please let me know as I would love to share them with other eczema sufferers.

Eczema News Article

Bethany Wagstagg is a gorgeous 5 year old little girl, who lives in Surrey, UK with her mum Amy.

Bethany suffers from photoaggravated eczema. This type of eczema is aggravated by sunlight. Exposure to sunlight and heat causes her skin to blister and burn.

Her mum Amy tells her story of how painful the eczema can get. When at it's worse she would have to wrap her up in bandages to stop her scratching, to prevent infection.

She also explains that strangers shout abuse at her and Bethany. She has even been accused of burning her daughter, and has been called a bad mum.

One thing that massively helps Bethany is a 'Wrap E Soothe' body suit. It stops her from scratching and prevents the eczema from getting worse.

Bethany needs a new suit every 9 to 12 months as she grows. With each suit costing £100 each, Amy is currently trying to raise the money to buy a new one.

You can read Amy and Bethany's story here. What I loved about this story is that you can see what a happy little girl Bethany is, despite of everything that she goes through.

Tip Of The Month - Eczema or Ringworm?

Eczema and ringworm can look quite similar. They are caused by very different things, but they can both be extremely itchy.

It is important to get the right diagnosis so they can be treated properly.

Both conditions are more common in children, but can affect you at any age. And both can appear on any part of the body. Ringworm thrives on moist skin, as having it around the groin is common.

Ringworm can look like nummular eczema. The main symptom for both is the circular red plaques on the skin.

Ringworm is caused by fungal infection, and definitely not caused by any sort of worm!

This means that it is contagious, as it can be passed from person to person.

One way it can happen is from sharing things like towels and bedding.

Eczema is not contagious at all.

The symptoms are made worse mainly by being aggravated by allergens and irritants.

One reason to get the correct diagnosis is because although eczema can be treated well with topical steroids, they can make ringworm worse. A mild case of ringworm can be treated with antifungal cream or tablets.

Do you have a tip you would like to share? Let me know :)

5 Ways To.......allergy proof your office

1. Keep a stock of medicines and creams. Whether its emollients or antihistamines that help you with your eczema and allergies, keep a small store of the products with you. You can carry them either in your bag, or keep them in your desk. I'm constantly moisturising my hands at work, though have found that creams work better for me because after applying an ointment I cant touch anything for a few minutes!

2. Get rid of rubbish and old food. Keep your working area as tidy as possible. Rubbish collects dust which is an irritant when settled and when in the air. Old food, when sitting on your desk or in the drawer, ends up with a lovely layer of mould on it. The spores of mould can cause irritation to your skin, and also can be an issue if you have asthma

3. Damp dust. This is the most effective way to dust. Dampen a cloth with water, squeezing out the excess water. Then use it to clean the dust and dirt away. Because the cloth is damp the dust sticks to it rather than just being moved about. The only caution is, be careful if you work with electricals, like computers, while doing it

4. Treat yourself to a leather chair. This suggestion will be more practical for some than others. Leather is easy to wipe down. Fabric furniture collects dust which probably means that they are invested with dust mites. If you do have a fabric chair, and cant see your boss buying you a new chair anytime soon, you could try one of the dust mite sprays you can buy

5. Avoid air conditioning. Easier said than done in some places of work. Sitting right under a blowing air vent can cause havoc with your skin. You can ask if you can move to another desk. Or you could speak to your boss about having the windows open instead of having the air conditioning on. Reducing the effect of air conditioning is more difficult to solve. The first four suggestions are things that you can do yourself. Air conditioning tends to affect an office or workplace full of people. Its difficult to make everyone happy!

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The July edition of Eczema Bulletin will include

  • July's Featured Article – Eczema and Whey Protein Powder
  • My favourite news item of the month
  • Tip of the Month
  • 5 Ways To.....have eczema friendly holidays

Hope you enjoyed June's Eczema Bulletin, and thanks for reading


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