Eczema Bulletin, Issue #014 - Can Salt Therapy Benefit Eczema?
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This month's Eczema Bulletin includes
- September's Featured Article – Can Salt Therapy Benefit Eczema?
- My favourite eczema news article
- Tip of the Month
- 5 Ways To.....help raise eczema awareness
Featured Article - Can Salt Therapy Benefit Eczema?
Salt therapy has been used for many years, especially in Central and Eastern Europe. It is reported to be beneficial for many conditions. But is it beneficial to eczema?
Salt therapy is a complimentary treatment for eczema. It can be used alongside conventional treatments.
It is popular amongst it's users as it is 100% natural, drug free and completely safe to use. Both adults and children can use it.
The therapy is given in a room, sometimes called salt rooms, or salt caves, depending on where you go.
You just sit in the room, and naturally breathe in the air around you. The air is filled with particles of salt. These particles are breathed into the body, helping to heal from the inside. They also have direct contact with the skin, which heals the outside.
These are some of the main benefits of salt therapy for eczema.
- Antibacterial. Kills the bacteria on the skin. This will lessen the chance of an
- Anti-inflammatory. Helps with the red and sore symptoms of eczema
- Reduces IgE levels in the body. Stopping the immune system from overreacting, and triggering an allergic reaction, and further symptoms
The therapy is also reported to be beneficial if you have Seborrhoeic Dermatitis, and have some hair loss. Salt therapy is also thought to help with hair growth.
Salt therapy is getting more popular all over the world, with new treatment centres opening regularly. After doing some research into it, it is something I am interested in trying out.
There are reports that as many as 75% of people who try salt therapy, see an improvement in their health. Though there is no exact figure to show it's effectiveness in helping to treat eczema.
If you have been to a salt room and tried salt therapy, please let me
know. I would love to hear about your experience, and how it affected your eczema, and it's symptoms.
Eczema News Article
A programme shown last night on the BBC, 'Horizon, Allergies: Modern Life and Me', questions if modern life in the Western world is responsible for the rise in allergies.
It is thought that bacteria help to 'train the immune system'. So being exposed to different types of bacteria could help to decrease the chance of allergies developing.
The programme investigated if the lives we lead reduce our exposure to bacteria, so increasing our chances of developing an allergy.
It is a very interesting watch. If you want to watch it, you can on BBC iPlayer
There is also an article on the BBC website about the research done in the programme.
Tip Of The Month - Eczema Friendly Shaving
When you have eczema, shaving can make your skin drier, more sore, and cause a rash to appear.
Here are a few tips that could be the best way to shave, and help make being hair-free less irritating.
- Never dry shave. Keep the skin at least damp. I find it easier to shave in the bath. My skin seems to dry off too quickly in the shower
- Change your razor or blade regularly. You could use a disposable one. Use it once then throw it away. A blunt blade is not good for the skin. And there is a risk of spreading an infection if a blade is used often. I find the Wilkinson Sword blades good to use. They can be a little pricey, but they do a better job than the cheaper disposable ones
- Use shaving cream on the skin. I don't just mean the specially made shaving creams and gels. I use aqueous cream. I don't have issues with it when I rinse it off my skin fairly quickly. Though you can any cream that your skin likes. Just use a cream!
- Shave in the direction that the hair grows. This can help to stop the spotty rash that can sometimes appear. Especially when shaving regularly
- Always moisturise afterwards. Use your favourite emollient liberally. Also use it when the skin is still slightly damp. It helps to keep in some of the moisture, so your skin become drier