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Eczema on Elbow

Eczema on Elbow

Eczema on Elbow

Eczema is a chronic, itchy skin condition that is very common in children but may occur at any age. It is also known as eczema, atopic dermatitis and neurodermatitis and is the most common form of dermatitis.

Atopic eczema usually occurs in people who have an 'atopic tendency'. This means they may develop one or even all 3 of these closely related conditions: atopic eczema, asthma and hay fever (also known as allergic rhinitis). Often these conditions run within families

Atopic eczema is not contagious and the appearance can vary from person to person with most having inflamed, red, sometimes blistered and weepy patches during flare ups while in between the skin may appear normal.

Eczema on the elbows is just as frustrating as having it on any other part of the body. Although treatment for eczema on the elbows is the same as for eczema elsewhere on the body, there are some tips to help:

  • Avoid any woollen long sleeves that might be agitating the skin on the elbows while at the same time letting your skin breathe. If you have to wear long sleeves, use a material like cotton (organic if possible). Bed linens and towels should be pure cotton too.
  • Our elbows can constantly come into contact with hard surfaces, pushing against the skin and creating a reaction. Be careful to avoid this.
  • Apply coconut oil to the affected elbow area to keep the skin smooth and soft.
  • Apply cold compresses or cold water to the elbows to help soothe and relieve the itching associated with eczema. You can even use cold milk instead of water as this may be a lot more soothing. Put milk into a glass with ice cubes and let it sit for a few minutes. Then pour the milk onto a gauze pad or thin piece of cotton and apply it to the irritated skin for 2 or 3 minutes. Re-soak the cloth and reapply, continuing the process for about 10 minutes several times per day.
  • Eczema is aggravated by dehumidified air, especially during winter months when forced-air heat circulates in the home. As this heat is more drying than other types, a good humidifier is an excellent home remedy for eczema.
  • Essential oils have been used for centuries as a successful home remedy for eczema and other skin conditions.

Diet and skin health go hand and hand so the the presence of food and other allergens can aggravate the eczema. Target whatever allergens are hurting your diet and eliminate them from your meals. A dermatologist can give you a safe, simple allergy test by exposing your skin to various substances and seeing how you react. Whatever itches and reacts the most is likely what you need to avoid to maintain healthy skin. High on the list can be wheat and other gluten products while other examples are dairy, eggs, fish, food dye, tomatoes or oranges.

This picture shows how the affected eczema area can begin to peel heavily, sometimes causing pain and discomfort.

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