Eczema is ufortable and unsightly. But here’s the good news if moisturizers and cortisone creams aren’t giving you relief, help may be shockingly simple. Hello, I’m Dr. Neal Schultz pause And wee to DermTV.
The name Eczema just sounds ufortable And it is. It’s not exactly an onomatopoeia, but it’s cacaphony tells you it’s not something you want. Eczema’s most immediate impact is difort, whether it’s itching or burning or both, and even worse for many people, are the unsightly patches of redness, flaking and even crusting which, when on the face, just don’t cover well with makeup.
Eczema is often persistent, but when it does go away, just to make matters a little worse, it tends to be recurrent ande back for no apparent reason. While eczema can be anywhere on the body, it’s the visual impact of the patches of facial eczema that’s usually the deal breaker.
Your first reaction is usually to use a moisturizer because of the flakes, because most people think of flaky skin as being caused by dryness. But flaky skin is actually the result of many other skin problems such as inflammation or infection, which together or individually, cause the flaking in eczema.
And since moisturizers don’t help either of those problems, they don’t help your eczema. Then it’s onto cortisone creams, readily available over the counter, as well as stronger ones by prescription. If the cause of the flaking, redness and difort is inflammation, then the antiinflammatory powers of the cortisone cream will provide meaningful relief for your eczema.
But so often cortisone creams don’t work because hidden in the redness and flaking and crusting is an invisible and mischievous infection. That infection is usually caused by familiar germs like staph or strep bacteria. But here’s the twist. Through a positive feedback mechanism, the bacteria make the eczema worse, so unless you treat the infection with an antibiotic, the eczema won’t get better.
So to finally control your eczema, in addition to the cortisone cream, a topical antibiotic ointment applied to the eczema at least four times per day is essential and often works magic. My favorites are Bacitracin and Polysporin ointment, both of which are available without prescriptions.
Your take away for treating persistent eczema anywhere on the body should be to use topical antibiotics in addition to cortisone creams and that moisturizers usually aren’t helpful. And now a bonus for the medically curious viewers! The flakes and crusts of the eczema are wonderful nutrients helping the bacteria grow and multiply.
The byproducts from bacterial growth are intrinsically irritating, so they make the eczema worse. This then causes more flaking and crusting. Which then feeds the bacteria more increasing their growth even more and amplifying the positive feedback cycle which can only be broken by an antibiotic.
DermTV How to Treat Eczema DermTV Epi 178
music Hello, I’m Dr. Neal Schultz pause and wee to DermTV. Hello, I am Dr. Neal Schultz, and wee to DermTV. The real eczema is called atopic dermatitis and we discussed that in another episode. Today, I am going to give you some at home tips on how to control and manage your atopic dermatitis. The most important symptom that people with this type of eczema have is incessant itching it drives them crazy. When you examine them, you can see scratch marks, especially in the front of the elbow and behind the knee. And the peculiar thing is while the scratching helps to relieve the itching, it makes it worse, because the more you scratch, the more you further irritate the skin, and the more irritated it gets the more it itches. So, you are essentially in an itchscratch loop, and you have got to break that loop. The best way to do it, unfortunately, is not with the oral antihistamines they really do not work very well. And if you use heat to stop the itching, while it feels wonderful for a few minutes, it causes a rebound increase in itching afterwards, so do not use hot water in a shower to stop your itching. The best way to do it is with either cold water or with menthol. With cold water or even better ice cubes, just gently run over the area it stops the itching immediately without doing any damage. Menthol and mentholated moisturizers like Sarna lotion, SAR NA, are very good because the menthol causes a cooling sensation and it fools your brain. It fools your brain into etting about the itching and all you feel is cooling, and the cooling is much less noxious. One other tip for stopping the itching is just pressure. Rather than scratching, just squeeze the area, but very tightly and firmly, and that can also stop the itching. The next issue that you have to deal with is infection because all of that scratching caused little breaks in the skin and those little breaks create little valleys where bacteria can hide, and also all the inflamed skin is all flaky and scaly and bacteria just love to use that for nutrients and to live there. Whether those bacteria are causing an actual infection, whether they are just living there and making their metabolic byproducts which themselves are irritating to your atopic skin and further causing more itching, you have to stop the bacteria. And that is easily done with overthecounter antibiotic ointments like bacitracin or Polysporin. We try not to use antibiotics topically that contain neomycin only because the neomycin sometimes causes further sensitization and itching. The next step is to deal with the actual inflammation of the rash and that is best done with just overthecounter cortisones, 0.5 or 1 percent hydrocortisone, better in an ointment vehicle than in a cream because the skin is so dry. And that brings us to the last part which is the dryness, the flakiness and scaliness. Two ways to approach that either with occlusive moisturizers like Vaseline, petrolatum, or Aquaphor or else by replacing the lost surface lipids. Lipids are fats, and in this very inflamed skin, the fats that hold these normal cells together is missing.
So, we try to use moisturizers that contain ceramides, and ceramides are lipids that need to be restored to the surface of the skin. An example of an overthecounter product containing ceramides is Atopalm, ATOPALM, available in pharmacies without a prescription. If all of these measures do not succeed in giving you some relief from your itching and from the eczema, then of course your are going to see your dermatologist who will either give you prescription strength cortisone, oral antibiotics or topical immunomodulators like Elidel or Protopic, all of which at prescription strength will surely bring your eczema under control. Please join me again at DermTv. If you have a question, please send it to me by visiting DermTvquestion. I am Dr. Neal Schultz, and thank you for watching today.
Just Stop Scratching The Real Eczema Cure
Hey hey what’s up I’m back on my roof out here. I’ll just show you a little of my view here in Thailand in Bangkok. And I’m handheld so if it’s a little shaky please excuse me. I’m trying my best to get some good light and a nice view which is always incredibly difficult. Today I wanted to talk about something very important and that is a disturbing kinda trend that I’ve seen in the eczemamunity. Whether it’s on blogs or books that people are releasing or on forums. And it’s this notion that to beat eczema you can just magically decide one day to just stop scratching.
That if you just think positive or psych yourself up or think happy thoughts that one day you’re just going to wake up and then not need to scratch your skin anymore. And that all your problems are just going to disappear. And there are guys teaching hypnosis and it’s totally bonkers to me because, for a few reasons. The first is disturbing to me because I understand at a biological level what’s happening inside the body and that there is a very good reason why you’re scratching and itching like crazy all the time. And that is a natural process of the body. Not to go and try to deny that process because you just decide that it’s not a good idea is totally ridiculous to me.
That’s like saying We don’t understand this tiny little weirdan in the body so we’re just going to take it out. Like the tonsils or something. Everything in the body is there for a reason. There’s this thing called evolution which means over millions of years we’ve evolved certain traits to help us succeed and perpetuate the next generation. It’s all for a very good reason. Now for some people to go Oh you’re just some freak of nature, and for some unknown reason you’re itching and if you just positively think that you don’t need to anymore, you’re not going to scratch and then your eczema is going to disappear. Now, I don’t know if you’ve tried this but I remember trying it many many, many, years ago and it’s frankly impossible. When you’re itching, you’re itching and you need to scratch. There is no way you can not scratch.
I remember I tried putting on gloves, putting socks over my hands, trying to restrain myself, think about other things, chant positive affirmations and all sorts of other crazy ideas, doing whatever to try and stop this itch that’s just driving mepletely crazy. And none of it worked. And it hasn’t worked for anyone I know. And it will never work because this idea, this philosophy is built on a flawed assumption that this is all in your brain. That this is some sort of psychosomatic condition. Eczema is a real thing and it’s happening for a reason.
And that reason is that your skin is helping take over the detoxification function mechanism of your body from your liver and your kidneys. So when your body is in this kind of emergency state, everything in your body is chipping in to help out. And the scratching process, you’ll notice when eczema starts you get these little things called vesicles, which are tiny little pusfilled sacs, that appear under the dermis of your skin. If you look closely some of them are quite big and you can actually see them with your eye and others you would need a magnifier or something to see them because they’re really tiny. They’re orange or yellow pusfilled sacs, they look like tiny little blisters and that’s toxins. Look at your pee when you’ve been drinking alcohol or eating bad food it’s orange.
That’s toxins being expelled from your body. When you don’t have toxins your pee is clear. And it’s the same thing that’s happening with your skin. Your skin is helping expel these toxins that are building up in your blood and it’s helping to get rid of them. It’s helping to expel them out of the body and dispose of them in a natural way. And the scratching process help break those vesicles open so that those toxins can escape and leave your body. So let me get to the point here. The real trick is not to stop scratching. It’s to stop the itch in the first place from ever occurring. So how do we do this It’s very simple. You gotta heal the gut. The gut is the source of all skin conditions.
There’s this thing called the gutskin axis and without getting too deeply involved if you think about it, the skin and the gut are pretty much the same thing. We are covered on the outside with this fleshy layer. And that fleshy layer turns into lips, which turns into that, which turns into gums, which turns into the tongue, which turns into your tonsils, oesophagus, and bes more and more wet as it goes inside the body. Which then turns into your throat your stomach and intestines and all that. So basically you can actually think of the skin and your inside world that’s going on in your body as the samean. It’s the biggestan in our body, it aplishes a ton of biological processes that even most highly trained scientists and doctors still don’t understand. But there’s a lot we do know like they work together, they’re linked. The gut and skin there’s a thing called the gutskin axis and when the gut’s in trouble the skin chips in to help.
So what you gotta do is you got to heal the gut first, which will fix the, it’s got 2 names, either leaky gut or gut permeability or intestinal permeability. So once this layer is healed up, food particles and waste matter that is in our intestines doesn’t leak into our bloodstream, which kicks off an inflammatory response, which then forces the skin to help out because of this because of this overlaid of toxins in the blood which helps to dispel these toxins through the skin. That process needs to be nipped in the bud at it’s core, and that is in the gut. I promise you, if you eat a diet of 40 meat, 40 vegetables and 20 water for 30 days, you’re going to see massive improvements in your skin, huge! At least a 50 reduction in your eczema probably close to a 100 reduction in itching. For some people it will take 60 days and for others 90 days but you’re going to see a massive improvement in your skin if you can just stick to a diet like that very soon. And this itching,stimulus that you experience is gonna subside naturally. It’s literally going to disappear.
You don’t have to think about it, you don’t have to psyche yourself up, you don’t have to think happy thoughts, you don’t have to be positive, you don’t have to meditate on it you don’t have to do any of that. It’s literally going to take care of itself. So, I’m going to keep this tutorial short, I’ve kinda said what I want to say. I don’t want to get all emotional about this but this is a topic that’s kinda dear to me and I see this all over the place and I see people get suckered in by these books and these positive thinking things and it annoys the crap out of me and I know because I had to go through all of this myself many years ago and it didn’t do me any good and it’s not doing anybody any good. So please do your best to ignore that advice. Put all that focus and energy you’remitting to you know trying to psyche yourself up out of this thing into your diet and getting your diet cleaned up. You know get rid of the processed oils, cut out all the sugar and processed foods, eat more healthy, fatty cuts of meat and vegetables.
Avoid grains, avoid legumes and you’re going to see a massive, massive, massive, massive improvement in your skin because your gut was healing up. Okay, so I hope that helps, it’s been a bit of a rant, we’re at like 8 minutes here so I’m gonna cut it right now. I had to get all that off my chest, Aaaah I feel so much better, thanks for watching. If you want morermation about this stuff, I have an email list where I send out like frequent tips and advice on eczema whether it’s diet and nutrition and the psychology of it all and how to deal with the social aspect of it and all that. It’s at my website it’s called the truth about eczema dot. I have a link below this tutorial, you can just click it and it’ll take you right to that website. If you want to get those emails just pop your email in on the form on that page and then you will be getting all my mails, all my advice, all my tips along with my book called The Truth About Eczema which kinda dispels a lot of these myths that are floating around on the inte which drive mepletely crazy as you ca kinda tell.
Heal kids eczema naturally
Hi guys Heather London here creator of the Yummy mommy Revolution and today I’ve got Santos with me because I’m finding that Santos is having more and more outbreaks of eczema and I want to find a nice natural way to heal and it instead of putting a chemical cream on it to make it go away you don’t even know what those chemicals are we’re going to do it naturally. So we’re going to experiment on my beautiful son Santos. Hey Santos love you buddy. And here’s what’s going on, he’s go a little bit of what appears to be eczema on his elbows which is a verymon place for it and before we were taking Dr. Udo’s oil and it went away and we stopped taking it and it’se back, so, we’re going to test now with coconut oil. Are you ready for this Santos I’m not sure, but yes. Ok, let’s give it a try. Ok, so here’s what we’ve got, we’ve got extra virgin it’s cold pressed coconut oil and it’sanic and it’s from Costco. Costco ising up with some really good stuff. It’s all melty cause it’s been super hot so I am going to take some of this and I’m going to rub it on here. Rub it on the outside, rub it on the outside. How’s that feel Santos Does that feel good I don’t feel anyting. Oh, ok so it definately doesn’t hurt. Well, it feels really soft. Soft awesome. Coconut oil is good for so many things. So this is day one we are going to see what happens, we are going to do a little test on Santos he’s such a good sport and we will see what happens after a couple of days, if that dissappears.
Alright Santos Thumbs up. So what we found in the past couple of days is that Santos’ arm was getting a little bit better but is was quite slow and I am a woman of action so I wanted it to go faster and get better really quick so what we did was we went back to Udo’s blend, Udo’s oil. I love Udo’s oil it’s got the perfectbination of 3, 6, 9 it’sanic it’s cold pressed and it’s extra virgin so cold presses, hasn’t been heated the best of the best and non GMO you know how i like to see that label on there.
Best of all, Dr. Udo who I had the pleasure of talking to recently, is Canadian so it’s another Canadian product. What we did was we gave this to Santos and low and behold, eczema be gone. Right Santos Can I have some now You want some now, ok, I guess it can’t hurt. So you can either get the liquid form or you can get the pill form so the pill form is quite big so if you are a brave sole like Santos, you can just pop it in your mouth and suck it back, otherwise, go ahead bud, no bu you have to put water in your mouth and drink it. Yeah, you have got to put the water in and then drink it. Otherwise, if that doesn’t work for you, it’s just in an oil in liquid form and you can put in on their cereal on in their smoothies and they’ll never know. But don’t et, that a lot of times eczema cane from allergies from stuff that you shouldn’t be eating or maybe try cutting stuff out of your diet like a certian white stuff I am talking about, anyway, we have cut that our of Santos’ diet and it works wonders so we love Dr. Udo’s oil right, yeah, eczema be gone and you can buy it at Pl Organic that’s where we bought ours it’s in it’s own little refridgerator section. So if you like this tutorial then like it and share it will all your Mommas on facebook and be sure to sign up for the newsletter. Alright, we will catch you guys on the flip side.
Eczema Symptoms Eczema Treatment Natural Remedies Medicine Works Really Well!
Let’s talk about how to resolve eczema. To effectively treat eczema, which is an inflammatory skin issue, we first want to understand the cause of the skin inflammation and eruption. Once we understand the cause and take steps to eliminate the triggers and heal the skin, the cycle of skin eruptions will end. Food allergies and intolerances tend to be amon cause of eczema. It is easy to identify food allergies and intolerances with an Elisa blood test or by following an elimination reintroduction diet protocol. We also want to explore adrenal gland insufficiency as a trigger of eczema flareups. The adrenal glands make cortisol, which is an antiinflammatory hormone. When we have been chronically stressed, either physically or emotionally, our cortisol levels tend to be suppressed. Suppressed cortisol levels leave us susceptible to many types of inflammatory conditions, including inflammatory skin issues like eczema. During a flareup of eczema, we can promote skin healing when we address the cause of the skin inflammation associated with the flare up. Since food intolerances are often a cause of eczema, we’ll start by removing triggering foods from the diet.