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Eczema Bulletin, Issue #040 - The Benefits of Probiotics
November 12, 2016

Issue #040 - The Benefits of Probiotics

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This month's Eczema Bulletin includes

  • November's Featured Article – The Benefits of Probiotics
  • My favourite eczema news article
  • Tip of the Month
  • 5 Ways To.....manage underarm eczema

The Benefits of Probiotics

Probiotics are bacteria and yeasts that are beneficial to your body. There are over 400 different strains of probiotics.

They are known as the friendly bacteria, and they are a live bacteria. They are said to balance your immune system. It is also reported that they help with leaky gut syndrome, aiding with inflammation.

Researchers found that when someone has a weak immune system that they are more likely to have certain bacteria on their skin. These bacteria can cause your eczema to get infected. When your immune system is more balanced, the number of 'bad' bacteria on your skin will reduce. This means that the risk of infection decreases.

Leaky gut syndrome happens when spaces between the cells in the lining of the gut appear. These spaces allow bacteria, toxins and undigested proteins and fats to get into the bloodstream. When your body tries to get rid of these, the result is often seen on the skin. You may see the symptoms of eczema, acne or rosacea.

The friendly bacteria found in probiotics can help by sealing the spaces in the gut lining.

Probiotics can also be beneficial if you find yourself on a course of antibiotics. Antibiotics kill the bacteria in your body that is causing the infection, but they also kill all the good bacteria. Candida yeast grows in its place.

The probiotics slow down the growth of the Candida, and provide your body with healthy, friendly bacteria.

There are some mixed results on whether probiotics are beneficial to eczema. Some research shows that they are, and some show that they have an effect. They are completely safe to take, and they can benefit other conditions, so you may feel that they are worth taking.

Eczema News Article

Scientists in Queensland, Australia are working on the first food allergy vaccine.

They are looking at the proteins found in fish, shellfish and eggs which can cause an allergic reaction. The scientists are looking at changing the proteins so they can be used as a vaccine.

Different foods have different proteins, so a number of vaccines will need to be developed for the different allergies. They are hoping that the vaccine will be developed within the next 4 years.

If the development is successful and the vaccine becomes widely available, it could be a massive benefit for anyone with a food allergy.

Tip Of The Month - Eczema Treatment and Laundry

Whenever you or your child has an eczema treatment applied, it is extremely likely that some of it will end on your clothes and bedding.

Some of the treatments used can be pretty greasy. Ointments are a prime example. When you wash your clothes and bedding the grease can damage the rubber seal on your washing machine.

Here is one way to limit the damage done. After the load has finished put some biological powder in your machine. Then put it on a 95 degree cycle. This helps to get rid of the grease.

If you don't normally use biological powder you can get rid of the powder by putting your machine on an empty hot wash. This option isn't the most effective financially or time wise, but it will help stop the grease damaging your machine.

You could try hand washing your clothing and bedding first to get rid of some of the grease. I don't know how effective this is, but it may help if there is a lot of treatment used.

Unfortunately, however much you wash your items you wouldn't be able to get rid of all of the treatment from the fabric. Here is a couple of ways to reduce the amount of treatment that gets on your clothing and bedding.

  • Use the greasy treatments at night. You can wear some cotton clothing over the areas that have been treated. You can then hand wash them to remove the treatment
  • Use occlusive dressings. You can use these night and day. If your eczema is on a small area you can use a bandage as a dressing. If it's on a larger area you may be able to get a specialist covering for certain areas, or even a bodysuit
  • Try and use creams during the day. They absorb into the skin better and quicker. They are unlikely to sit on the surface of your skin and transfer to your clothes

If you have any tips on how to remove greasy treatments from your clothing and bedding, please let me know. If they can save time or money, even better :)

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

5 Ways To.......manage underarm eczema

1. Try a natural, chemical free deodorant. Your eczema can be affected by anything that is put on your skin. Most commercial deodorants are full of chemicals and perfume. They can also contain alcohol, aluminium and parabens. There are definitely more alcohol-free choices on the shelves, but most still contain aluminium and parabens. Luckily there are some eczema friendly alternatives out there, free from harsh chemicals and perfume. Crystal salt deodorants are one idea, as they tend to be 100% natural. You can find natural deodorants in some supermarkets, chemists, health food shops and online

2. Limit underarm shaving. Razors can be brutal on the skin. There are other options, but if shaving with razors is your preferred method, then you could try using a suitable emollient as an alternative to shaving cream. I also found that I could only use a razor once. As soon as they started to go blunt it would take more effort to shave, so the razor would have more contact with my skin. Instead of razors, you could try hair removal cream. I find it less irritating and always go for one suitable for sensitive skin. One containing aloe vera is a good option. You can also buy some natural organic hair removal products. These include gels, creams and wax. Another option is not to shave. This option isn't for everyone, but it's definitely the best way to limit further skin damage

3. Avoid tight fitting clothing. When clothes fit snugly under your arms they will rub on and irritate your skin. If they are made of materials like wool or polyester, they will irritate your skin even more. Any dyes in your clothes could also be an issue. Try and wear loose-fitting clothes made of cotton, that also let your skin breathe. This is definitely important under your arms

4. Use a topical corticosteroid to clear severe symptoms. If your eczema isn't improving with emollients and self-management, you probably need a stronger treatment. Topical steroids are a great choice. If you follow the instructions on how and when to apply then they are safe to use. Your doctor will give you the weakest strength steroid that will help clear the symptoms. If your eczema has become infected you may be prescribed a combination cream containing an antibiotic and topical steroid, or an oral antibiotic

5. Use a good cleansing product. Using the right cleanser is important. Some emollients can be used as a soap substitute. If you'd prefer to use an actual cleansing product, they are pretty easy to find. You can find natural bars of soap and liquid soaps. You could try one that contains Shea butter, coconut oil or aloe vera. They are all beneficial for eczema. Also, always moisturise your skin after contact with water.

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The December edition of Eczema Bulletin will include

  • December's Featured Article - Eczema and Heating
  • My favourite news item of the month
  • Tip of the Month
  • 5 Ways To.....give eczema friendly Christmas presents

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


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