It’s certainly true that I’ve seen a big increase in eczema queries over the past couple of years. People contacting me to ask what they can do about their eczema – I seem to have the same conversation several times a week on ways to minimise the impact of eczema. Why is this?
Here’s some background on where we are with eczema right now:
- In this country 1.7 million children have eczema! That’s 1 in 8 school children. In adults, 1 in 12 have it (that’s 3.9 million). And this number is rising yearly.
- The NHS website quotes “Cases of the painful skin condition eczema have risen more than 40 per cent in just four years” and goes on to say this is most likely down to an increase in the use of harsh soaps and detergents and bathing/washing too often.
In my opinion it is also down to our culture of eating poor quality foods, ready meals, and too much sugar. In adults stress also plays a big role in exacerbating eczema.
The mainstream medical profession will tell you that treatment for eczema is limited; GPs and dermatologists tend to only give you the option to put cream on – various creams, from steroids (which have very unsavoury side effects) to greasy ointments to stop the skin drying out. There is no discussion as to how to stop eczema from the inside, which is where it starts. Recent research actually discovered that the two main areas of concern amongst those with moderate to severe eczema are that they are not told the long-term side effects of continued use of steroid creams, and that no alternatives are offered by health-care professionals.
What is clear to me is that eczema is increasing and yet most patients are leaving their GP surgery with a bag of potentially dangerous creams, and no idea of how to stop their eczema coming in the first place. This is such a terrible shame when with a little time and education, we could probably stop eczema increase, and potentially avoid it in children altogether with better pre-natal health care advice.
It’s true that there is no cure for eczema (be very wary of anyone who tells you there is), but the Holistic healthcare profession will tell you that there are several options available to significantly reduce it, and it starts with diet!
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I have eczema myself, and I know how it feels to be not just itchy, but in considerable pain, and to feel ugly and embarrassed. There is a way out, and you’ll need to put in a great deal of effort, but it’s worth it. Whilst putting in a natural cream (such as my Organic Scratchy Balm) will help in the short term, it is not the answer on its own.