ECZEMA OR DERMATITIS
Eczema is also called as dermatitis. It is a condition when skin gets red, inflamed, itchy. Constant itching and inflammation causes roughness and cracking of skin.
Causes and risk factors for eczema: eczema is commonly seen in those patients who have family history of allergies like hay fever or asthma. It can also occur due to overactive immune response to certain irritants.
Eczema presents itself with itchy and red inflamed skin. Eczema rash can appear anywhere but most commonly affected sites are face, back of knee, wrists, hands or feet. Affected area may appear very thick dark, dry and scaly. In some patients itchy rashes may cause oozing and crusting.
Different types of dermatitis:
- Atopic dermatitis: it is itchy inflammation of skin especially seen in children
- Contact dermatitis: it occurs due to contact with certain irritant substances like soaps and detergents etc
- Seborrheic dermatitis: there is scaly patches and red skin, mainly on the scalp.
- Nummular dermatitis: coin shaped or discoid rashes or sores .
- Stasis dermatitis:it is inflammation of skin in lower legs caused due to fluid build up.
- Dermatitis herpetiformis: it is a chronic skin condition, with very itchy skin rash made up of bump and blisters.
Best homeopathic medicines for eczema: homeopathic medicines can successfully treat eczema or atopic dermatitis without producing any side effects or without using any steroids or ointments to lesion. homeopathic medicines helps in healing the eczema patches and itching of skin if the maintaining or the exciting cause is removed and also it controls or helps in preventing its recurrence. Homeopathic medicines like sulphur, graphites, dulcamara, mezereum, hepar suph, natrum mur, vinca minor, petroleum, arsenic album rank top for treating cases of eczema.
Sulphur is indicated for unhealthy skin. There is burning itching of skin and patient feels more heat as compare to cold. Itching gets worse during evening or during night. While psorinum works well when there is itching is so severe that patient scratches till it bleeds.
Graphites works well when there is oozing of thick sticky discharges from eruptions causing itching. Natrum mur is suited for atopic dermatitis. Rashes develop in fold of skins. There is itching on back of knee fold, face, flexors of elbow. Rashes get worse on exposure to sunlight.
Petroleum is indicated when burning and itching of skin which is sensitive to touch. There are deep cracks especially on finger tips. Skin is dry rough and sometimes it bleeds.
Mezereum is indicated for eczema when there is formation of crusts especially on head. Itching is intolerable especially get worse when in bed and there is oozing of pus discharge .
Vinca minor is indicated for seborrheic dermatitis. Rashes develop on scalp with oozing of discharge which causes matting of hairs.
Arsenic album is indicated in eczema with a history of asthma or hay fever. There is dryness and burning itching of skin which causes restlessness in patient.