31.6 million Americans have eczema, as quoted in National Eczema Association. The causes of this common skin condition is not clear, but it is attributed to humidity, chemicals in detergent and clothing, temperature changes in the environment and change in body temperature too. This condition causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked. It often occurs in areas with folds of skin such as behind the knees or the inside of the elbows.

Natural remedies to manage eczema:

  • Increase your intake of ‘good’ fats such as those found in nuts, seeds and oily fish. Fish oil provides a good supply of Omega 3 fatty acids which are involved in the production of compounds which reduce inflammation.
  • Keep a food diary to identify any potential food allergies or intolerance which make the condition worse.
  • Always speak to your general practitioner before cutting any kind of food from your diet.
  • Moisturize your skin frequently.
  • Reduce stress and practice relaxation techniques and meditation.
  • Choose a mild soap that does not wipe out the skin’s essential oil. Avoid soaps or body washes with strong scents.
  • Avoid itching as much as possible. Keep yourself occupied. Have a lukewarm shower or try cold compress to reduce the itching.

And yes, do not forget to consult your dermatologist regularly.