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Eczema

Eczema is a form of dermatitis characterized by inflammation of top layers of skin. The term eczema is applied to a range of persistent skin conditions and can also be known as atopic dermatitis, dyshydrotic eczema, nummular eczema and atopic eczema as well as many other names.

Eczema is characterized by redness, skin swelling, itching and dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding. Types of eczema are named by location, appearance or possible cause. Because of this, there are many different named types of eczema, but they all can be aggravating.

If you follow traditional medicine's usual advice of only masking symptoms with medications instead of addressing the cause of your condition, you're going to be stuck with eczema for a very long time. It's my opinion and clinical experience that eczema can be helped through proper diet and nutritional support.

Traditional medicine considers the cause of eczema to be unknown, but does admit that abnormal function of the immune system is involved. Regardless of what they believe to be the cause, eczema treatment usually involves warm showers, mild soaps, moisturicreams and anti-itch medications. All temporary treatments that only mask the symptoms.

If the immune system is involved, perhaps we should be looking there. Could your diet be changing the way the immune system works and therefore is contributing to the eczema? Treatment in my clinic involves dietary changes and the use of all natural supplements.

Eczema is very much linked to diet. There are thousands of studies that support that fact. I know that food allergies, especially to dairy products contribute to eczema and we must identify them for you to see any improvement. The reason food allergies and especially dairy products contribute to eczema is that food allergies create chemistry in the bloodstream that is expressed within the body as the redness, scales, itching and other skin symptoms.

Although the National Eczema Foundation calls eczema a disease, it's really a lifestyle condition as a result of poor gastrointestinal function and the subsequent creation of food allergies.

What's the gastrointestinal system have to do with eczema? You cannot create a food allergy to any food without an unhealthy gastrointestinal system that inflames or swells creating holes between all the cells lining it. This is also known as Leaky Gut Syndrome. This allows undigested foods to "leak" through this tissue into the bloodstream, the body doesn't recognize the molecules it's presented with, the immune system gets involved and the segment of the immune system that is called into action first creates an antibody to the undigested food particle and then generates the release of the chemicals I mentioned a second ago, the primary one is called histamine.

We all know what anti-histamine is, but did you know histamine is responsible for more than sinus problems? Histamine contributes to headaches, pain and inflammation, anaphylactic shock and skin conditions like rashes, itchy skin, hives, psoriasis and...yes; eczema.

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