Eczema is a noncontagious, inflammatory skin condition that is characterized by patches of dry, flaking skin that can become cracked and leathery, or blistered and oozing. Severe itching can occur in the affected areas. Eczema most frequently appears on the face and scalp, behind the ears, on the elbows, and in the creases behind the knees.

The two major types of eczema – atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis – are both considered allergic responses. Those with atopic dermatitis often have a family history of eczema or allergic conditions like asthma and hay fever. Contact dermatitis, the more common form of the condition, is often an allergic response to an irritant that has come into contact with the skin. Soaps, wool and synthetic fabrics, dyes, latex, and certain cosmetic products are common culprits. Stressful or emotionally charged situations are also believed to trigger eczema flare-ups.

Cases of eczema can range from very mild to severe and, therefore, will require various treatment protocols. Proper skin care is often sufficient for treating milk cases, while more serious cases may require medication. For this reason, it is important to consult your healthcare provider for the best treatment options for your particular situation.

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Supplements to treat eczema

• B-complex vitamins
• Copper
• Dandelion – If you have gallstones or obstructed bile ducts, consult your doctor before taking.
• EPA/DHA (fish oil)
• Evening primrose oil
• Glucosamine
• Methylsulfonyl-methane (MSM) – When beginning supplementation, ingest with meals to avoid possible heartburn. May cause stomach upset in dosages larger than 6,000 mg.
• Milk thistle – Reduces efficiency of certain blood pressure medication.
• Probiotics – If taking an antibiotic, wait three hours before taking probiotics
• Taurine
• Tea tree oil – Do not ingest or use in ears, eyes, or other mucous membranes
• Vitamin A and mixed carotenoids
• Vitamin C
• Vitamin D
Vitamin E
• Zinc

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