Eczema: Cause and Treatment in Ayurvedic Perspective By Naomi Ikuma

Big interest in eczema treatment is found all over the world due to the high percent of people affected by this disease. According to WebMD, Eczema is a skin condition caused by inflammation of the skin.(1) Roughly 40% of the population worldwide has eczema, nowadays, and this number is constantly growing. The skin has a functional relationship with the internal organs and the glands of internal secretion. Therefore, any impairment of those functions contributes to the development of eczema and dermatitis. Since eczema has such a broad definition, it subdivides into multiple types and can be mild, moderate or severe. It is common for eczema to become chronic. Important to know that eczema is not contagious, and western medicine can not fully cure it. 

Itching is surely the primary symptom in patients suffering from eczema. Indeed, more often than not itching comes before the rash appears on the skin.(1) Eczema is characterized by dry, itchy patches on the skin that usually appear on the hands, neck, face and legs, even though they can be found in any part of the body. Severe itching causes constant scratching that leads to skin bleeding, Therefore making the skin vulnerable to further inflammation. This is known as “itch-scratch cycle.”(2)  Eczema is usually diagnosed in childhood and it becomes less severe in adulthood. Infants get eczema on their faces, cheeks, or necks. At times, Eczema can start in adulthood. It also goes through remission cycles that can sometimes last for several years. Eczema can not be cured, yet the symptoms can be successfully treated. 

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