Atopic Eczema, a chronic inflammatory puritic skin disease, which usually emerges during childhood, and may persist into adulthood. The most common presentation is red scaly patches, especially in the crease of the joints such as that of the elbows, knees and ankles.
Eczema is characterized by a variety of physiological and anatomical abnormalities of the skin. The type of abnormality determines the way in which eczema may manifest. Major abnormalities include:
- A higher tendency to itch due to higher levels of mast cells and subsequent histamine release resulting in inflammation and itching of the skin
- Dry, thickened skin that has decreased water holding capacity (Xerosis)
- Increased tendency towards lichinification due to rubbing and scratching
- Increased susceptibility to Staphylococcus aureus skin infection
The pathophysiology of atopic eczema is complex. Recent research has found genetic predisposition, immunological abnormalities and environmental influences are significant factors involved in the diseases process. There is often a family history of atopic diseases including eczema, allergic rhinitis, and asthma, supporting a genetic component.
So what should you do if you or someone you know is suffering from eczema?
→ Remove any foods you suspect you are intolerant or allergic to. This reduces gastrointestinal inflammation and reduces the burden on the immune system.
→ Increase you allergic resistance by healing the gastrointestinal tract and modulating the immune system.
→ Improve digestive function to reduce allergic tendencies and to increase the absorption of nutrients.
→ Detoxify and improve liver function in order to remove toxins from the blood that may be contributing to irritation.
→ Support tissue repair with the use of nutrients, herbs and diet
Due to the complexity and presentation of the condition in each individual person, it is recommended you seek the advice of a qualified practitioner to identify your particular needs and guide you through the required processes.