What is Eczema?
Eczema is a skin condition in which some small or large patches of skin develop itchiness, redness and get cracked. It is a very common skin condition and affects a large number of people all over the world. Eczema is mainly a rash on your skin that can either be concentrated to one place or spread all over the body, depending on the severity of the situation. It is caused by factors such as allergens, irritants, extreme temperatures, some foods, hormones, microbes or sometimes due to stress. However, the exact cause of the disease is not known. If a child has Eczema, there is a great likelihood that his parents had it too.
Symptoms Of Eczema
There are different symptoms of Eczema in various age groups. The main cause of this disease is Atopic Dermatitis which leads to the dry and patchy skin in toddlers.
In the case of infants:
• Rashes on the cheek and scalp.
• Rashes are filled with fluid.
• Skin rashes might cause irritation and be scratching them might lead to infections.
In case of Children:
• Rashes are common in elbows, neck, crack of buttocks, wrists and ankles.
• The rashes can turn into a permanent itch and the skin might thicken known as Lichenification.
In case of Adults:
• Due to dermatitis, the rashes are first seen in the elbow, nape of the neck or any area that has a skin fold in it.
• In the later stages, the skin rash might cover the whole skin.
• Dryness and itchiness are accompanied by scaly skin that can get infected if itched.
Types of Eczema
Eczema is not just a skin disease but it might also be a symptom of some other underlying condition. Here are the different types of Eczemas:
• Allergic contact eczemas- Also known as contact dermatitis, this type is triggered when the body comes in contact with some sort of allergen or foreign substance.
• Neurodermatitis- This is the type which is categorised by the appearance of patchy and scaly skin on the forearms, head and wrist.
• Seborrheic- Also known as Seborrheic dermatitis, this causes the yellow patchy skin on the face and scalp.
• Dyshidrotic eczema- This type is characterized by the itchiness in the soles of feet and palms of the hands.
• Stasis dermatitis- This type is caused due to the circulatory problems and the skin rashes appear on the lower legs.
• Nummular – This type is characterized by the appearance of round scaly patches of skin.
Natural Herbal and Ayurvedic Treatments For Eczema
In Ayurveda, Eczema is called Vicharchika and is said to be caused by the imbalance in the body metabolism and Pitta Dosha. Ayurveda has lots of herbs and remedies for the treatment of Eczema. The texts say that this is only caused due to improper eating habits and bad lifestyles. Ayurvedic treatment is the best in depleting the root cause of the disease so that it does not affect the person again.
Symptoms of Eczema described in Ayurveda
According to Ayurveda, Eczema meaning Vicharchika is a condition of skin causing rashes, bumps that might be followed by fluid discharge and itching. Ayurveda has three groups of classification of Eczema, namely: Vihar Hetu – Caused due to bad habits. Not exercising, irregular sleep, extreme temperatures etc, causes the disease.
• Vihar Hetu– Caused due to bad habits. Not exercising, irregular sleep, extreme temperatures etc, causes the disease.
• Ahara Hetu– Caused due to improper diet. Eating foods that are not compatible with each other leads.
• Achara Hetu– Caused due to stress and conduct. Stress and insulting people or using unfair means of earning money etc. lead to eczema.
Some of the most common symptoms according to Ayurveda include:
• Vai Varnyam– Skin discolouration
• Aswedanam or Atiswedanam– Decrease or increase in sweating.
• Kandu ItchingParushyam– Rough Skin
• Pidika– Blisters
• Ruja– Pain
• Rakta-– Bleeding or roughness of skin
• Vrana-– Building of ulcers.
Ayurvedic Management Of Eczema
Ayurveda is one of the oldest methods of disease treatment and has the cure for each and every disease known to man. Eczema treatment in Ayurveda involves bring back the balance in the Pitta and other body energies. This is done by various herbs as well as a proper diet and some yoga. The body is made healthy so that it not only heals but also gets stronger and better.
When Should I See An Ayurvedic Doctor or Take Herbal Eczema Medicine?
You should visit an Ayurvedic doctor or take herbal medicines when you start experiencing itchiness, dryness and redness of the skin. If small bumps, filled with liquid appear at any part of the body, it is advisable to consult a doctor as soon as possible .
What to Expect From The Ayurvedic Eczema Consultation?
You can expect a total cure for your condition. With Ayurveda and technology, your condition will be diagnosed and proper treatment including medicines and a diet plan will be provided to you. Follow-Up sessions will be arranged to check your progress.