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Eczema Bulletin, Issue #028 - Some Slightly Different Eczema Treatments
November 10, 2015

Eczema Bulletin, Issue #028 - Some Slightly Different Eczema Treatments

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This month's Eczema Bulletin includes

  • November's Featured Article – Some Slightly Different Eczema Treatments
  • My favourite eczema news article
  • Tip of the Month
  • 5 Ways To.....have an eczema friendly Thanksgiving

Some Slightly Different Eczema Treatments

Eczema sufferers are always looking for that one treatment that will stop the itch and clear their skin.

I decided to look into some of the more obscure treatments that have been used in the past, and some that are used today.

  • Leech Therapy. Also known as Hirudotherapy. I remember a Blackadder sketch about leech therapy being prescribed for everything. Leeches have been used for many years, but even now some people recommend using leeches to help treat eczema. It is actually the leech's saliva that is reported to be beneficial, including being an anti-inflammatory and it stops the growth of bacteria
  • Urine Therapy. A popular treatment with some people, who claim that it has many beneficial properties. I have previously heard of people drinking their urine for it's benefits, but hadn't come across anyone using it directly on the skin. It is urea, the active ingredient in urine, that is said to be beneficial. Fans of urine therapy say that urine is full of the excess nutrients that the body doesn't need. Urea also attracts water, so if it is put on the skin it could help it hold on to water. This would definitely help eczematous skin
  • Placenta Facial. I have heard a few stories about the benefits of consuming placenta. You can buy placenta powder and placenta tincture (essential oil). They can be mixed with your favourite emollient and applied to your skin. The powder and oil can have a slight smell to them, so it is recommended that a couple of drops of essential oil are added to the mixture. One of the reported benefits of it for eczema is that it helps to reduce inflammation
  • Snake Oil. In Chinese medicine the use of snake oil isn't a new or strange thing. In conventional medicine it is not as accepted as a treatment. One of the reasons that the oil is used is because it is high in EPA. EPA is an Omega-3 fatty acid which is said to reduce inflammation. It is also used as a moisturiser as it replaces the oil in the skin
  • Arsenic. I definitely wouldn't recommend it as an eczema treatment. It was said to be used by Charles Darwin, while he was at university, to treat his eczema. I'm not sure how effective it was for his eczema, but he suffered a lot of ill-health in his life, so probably wasn't worth the risk!

I'm not sure that I'll be trying any of these treatments in the new future, but I'd be very interested to hear if any of you have. Did they work? How much did they cost? And if you've tried any other slightly obscure treatment.

Eczema News Article

A team of scientists have discovered that some of the genetic defeats that can cause the development of eczema can also appear in sufferers of psoriasis and Crohn's disease.

The scientists involved in the research have said that it may help them to understand why certain people develop certain conditions.

It may also lead to more effective treatments being found, and a way to prevent the development of these conditions.

Tip Of The Month - What is Folliculitis?

Folliculitis is a common skin condition that is caused when the hair follicles become infected and inflamed. A bacterial or fungal infection is usually the cause of it. The Staph aureus bacteria is one of the causes. This bacteria is also the main cause of when eczema becomes infected, so eczema sufferers can be prone to the condition.

It is most commonly found under the armpits and on the face, but can also develop on the genitals.

It appears as small red lumps that may become pimples with a white head. The spots appear around the hair follicles and can be itchy. The white headed spots can also become sore. Avoid wearing tight clothing that can rub on the skin. It can make the condition sore and cause it to spread.

If you have a mild case it may clear in a few days if you look after your skin. One thing that may help is to stop using razors. If you cut your skin with a razor it can allow bacteria into your skin and an infection to occur. It can also help the infection to spread as the bacteria can be carried around on the razor blade.

If the folliculitis becomes severe you'll likely need to visit your doctor. They may prescribe you antibiotics which can help to clear your skin. Once your skin is clear you'll be better able to manage the condition, as there is a chance that it will reoccur.

I decided to write an article about folliculitis as it is something that I've had for around 6 years. When I first got it, it was diagnosed as Molluscum Contagiosum, so it wasn't treated properly. I went on holiday and carried on using razors under my arms. The condition spread and was sore and inflamed. I ended up wearing longer sleeved t-shirts to cover it, but was very uncomfortable. I was finally given antibiotics, which cleared it, but as I didn't realise what was making it reappear, it came back.

It's only been in the last 12 months, after changing my doctor, that I was told that it was folliculitis. After another occurrence under my arms, it started to spread down and across my torso. My new doctor explained what it was and gave me a course of antibiotics, which again cleared the symptoms. As I then knew what it actually was and what caused it, I stopped using razors for hair removal and I haven't had an outbreak since.

I plan to write a page for my website in the future about folliculitis, so I can give more information about the causes, symptoms and treatments of this skin condition. As it is mainly caused by the Staph aureus bacteria I reckon that more eczema sufferers have had a bout of it at some time.

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

5 Ways To.......have an eczema friendly Thanksgiving

1. Give an eczema friendly gift. Eczema sufferers have certain things that irritate their skin. It can make finding them a gift a little harder. If you have a good imagination or enjoy making your own gifts then I'm slightly envious as I'm not creative at all! There are some good ideas that won't cause any irritation to your family member or friend. You could get them a voucher for a day out or experience. Another idea is to give them a voucher for your own time. A voucher could be for you to make them a 3 course meal, or to do their ironing for a week! You can also buy gifts from charities that are actually given to people in countries that need them. One example is Oxfam, who run Unwrapped. You can choose one of the many gifts they do, including a goat, mosquito nets and furniture for schools. You receive a card from them to say what you've brought, which you give to the recipient, and the actually gift is sent to someone who needs it

2. Using alternatives for milk. If you normally have to avoid certain recipes because you or one of your family have a milk allergy, you may still be able to make these dishes. A big Thanksgiving favourite is Green Bean Casserole. A traditional recipe uses cream of mushroom soup and milk. You can use rick milk or vegetable stock instead of cow's milk. I've found a lovely and simple recipe for a Green Bean Casserole. It does have cream of mushroom soup as an ingredient, so here is a dairy free recipe for that too!

3. Create your own Thanksgiving parade. This can be a fun thing to organise in the run up to Thanksgiving and huge fun on the day. You can either arrange a mini parade with your immediate family or organise something a bit bigger with your neighbours. If there is anyone who suffers from eczema may have to look into using latex free balloons, wearing masks instead of face paints, and wearing cotton or linen dress up clothes instead of wool or any itchy materials

4. Hold your own 'NFL' game. Another family idea that help to keep the eczema sufferer's mind off of their itchy skin, and get them some fresh air. Get your family and neighbours involved. Wear layered clothing so layers can be taken off to prevent the skin getting too hot. Also drink loads of water to keep the skin hydrated

5. Limit your alcohol intake. Alcohol is very drying to the skin which can irritant eczema, making it itchy and sore. One way to combat this is to alternate between an alcoholic drink and a soft drink, preferably water. Also regularly moisturise your skin during the day will help, especially during the times you're consuming alcohol

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The December edition of Eczema Bulletin will include

  • December's Featured Article - Are you to allergic to Christmas?
  • My favourite news item of the month
  • Tip of the Month
  • 5 Ways To.....use eczema as a positive

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


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