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Eczema is an itchy, red rash tha...

Posted Sep 11 2008 7:06pm 4 Comments

Eczema is an itchy, red rash that varies in size from a small patch of affected dry skin to larger portions of the body. Originating at any age and capable of persisting into adulthood, eczema is one of the most chronic skin conditions.

Eczema is an allergic reaction that manifests as an inflammation of the upper layers of skin. Allergens that trigger eczema range from cold, grass, pollen, and chemical agents to insect bites, certain foods, perfumes, and medication. Eczema may appear abruptly on any part of the body and can produce a red skin rash, flaking, severe itching, dry, thick skin, serum oozing, and bleeding. The primary allopathic treatment for eczema is corticosteroid ointments applied topically.

In a study appearing in the August issue of the British Journal of Dermatology, doctors at the Chinese University of Hong Kong describe how they have ascertained the effect of five Chinese herbs that traditionally have been used to treat eczema. Between February 2004 and July 2005, they recruited 85 children suffering from eczema; 42 of them were given capsules containing extracts of the five herbs twice daily for 12 weeks, while the remaining 43 children were given placebos.

By the conclusion of the treatment, the conditions of the children who were given the herbs improved and their use of corticosteroid creams and ointment was reduced by one-third, the researchers determined. Corticosteroids are hormones which are effective in suppressing symptoms but do not provide a cure. “Such chronic diseases cannot be cured. But Chinese herbs can help some patients control and manage their condition,” says Ellis Hon, one of the researchers and associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The five herbs are Flos Ionicerae (Jinyinhua), Herba menthae (Bohe), Cortex moutan (Danpi), Rhizoma atractylodis (Cangzhu), and Cortex phellodendri (Huangbai).

For information about Traditional Chinese Medicine for health maintenance and well being contact Dr. Richard Browne at (305) 595-9500.

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my face cheeks and my forehead and nose tends to break out in spots then my skin starts to itch and it sometimes lasts for weeks on end.

i don't know why it happens?

whether it is due to an unknown allergy or allergic reaction to a type of food(s)?

it has happened again recently and my left side face cheek has a spot and my forehead has two spots on it and my skin has started to itch.

obviously it causes me a considerable amount of frustration and discomfort and i am completely without knowledge of what i can do to help myself?

i have visited my gp serveral times about this problem but so far they have failed to provide me with the appropiate medicine to help resolve it.

can anyone offer helpful advice? 

I got rashes over my waistline and near the groin region. I found out that I was allergic to latex and dyes used in undergarments. I then resort to using underwears that are 100% cotton from I really recomment their products. It got me relieved from the itchiness that I felt for over 2 weeks.
I have been having breakouts of Eczema since I was 3 (now 24) and have found natural products work best.  Lately, I have been experimenting with and soem others from Ahava and Bath & Body Works with a pretty high degree of success.  You just have to experiment til you find the right treatment for you.  There is no one size fits all approach!
Hello! Every time when I hear the word eczema it makes me shiver literally, I've been through this horrible skin desease. I've seen a lot of videos about it too and in order to remember I used this program to download YouTube video about it. I periodically watch these videos about it as I have them on my computer. Eczema is so scary.
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