Eczema / Dermatitis (Support)
Most of us know at least one family member who suffers from eczema. In its severest form, eczema can cause itchy skin across the entire body, causing the sufferer to scratch until they bleed.
These days, we are obsessed with hygiene and, believe it or not, this could be the problem. It’s believed that, for our immune system’s sophisticated network of chemical pathways to operate efficiently, they need to be exposed to dirt and germs. If not, then they might not respond appropriately when exposed to germs later in life, leading to conditions like eczema.
It’s a well known fact that eczema has been linked to allergies. These are seldom tested for and addressed as an underlying cause. Too often, it’s easier to turn to cortisone for quick relief without doing the hard work of finding the cause of the problem. Cortisone reduces inflammation by suppressing the immune system. When allergies are focussed on, food and environmental factors are most often blamed and medicine ignored. Yet, eczema is linked to several medications routinely given to children, including vaccinations, antibiotics and paracetamol.
A good place to start treating eczema is to immediately stop gluten (wheat, oats, bread, etc.) for 1-4 weeks. Wheat allergies can cause the gut to become leaky and allow larger pieces of undigested food through. Leaky bowel is a major cause of food allergies that show up on the skin. Also reduce sugars in the diet as they can increase yeast overgrowth, which is implicated in allergy conditions like eczema.
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