Effectively treating eczema at home may be challenging, but it’s possible when armed with your arsenal of skin care, natural eczema treatments and trigger-free foods. The question is, what do you do when travelling? It’s far too easy for eczema to flare up if your daily skin care regimen is neglected. In addition, it’s not unheard of to have an exacerbation of eczema from ingesting “hidden” trigger foods when eating out in restaurants. If you or your little ones suffer from eczema, travelling can be problematic and stressful, but can easily be controlled with a little planning.
Below are some suggestions to keep eczema symptoms under control whether you are in flight, on a train rolling through the hills of Tuscany or spending the night in a hotel or at a family member’s home. Read more
By Diana Hermann (bio below)
Zi Zai Dermatology’s Little Red Rash™ Ointment is an herbal ointment designed to be a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to any itchy, red rash. Instead of beeswax, it contains a plant-based wax called candelilla wax, making it a vegan eczema ointment. This makes it an excellent option for those who have a beeswax allergy or propolis allergy (which is sometimes found in beeswax).
The most important ingredients of this vegan eczema ointment are the Chinese herbs that are infused into high-quality organic extra virgin olive oil. According to the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), these herbs work on an energetic level to clear Heat, Dry Damp, and Resolve Toxins*. In TCM we describe red rashes as having “Heat”. When skin lesions ooze or weep, TCM says these types of lesions are of the “Damp” or maybe even “Toxin” type. Papules (tiny bumps seen in some rashes) can form as a result of Heat, Damp and/or Toxins. These energetic factors can combine in many ways to create imbalances in the skin that lead to rashes.
The Chinese herbs in our Little Red Rash™ Ointment are all plants (or parts of plants) that we use very often in TCM Dermatology. Read more
Although everyone’s bodies are unique and it’s best to undergo a naturopathic evaluation to determine the best route to healing, the following five general tips for healing eczema naturally are beneficial for anyone.
1. Anti-inflammatory Diet
Eat a predominantly plant-based diet that is colorful, full of dark leafy greens and seasonal vegetables including sweet potatoes, onions, beets, carrots, kale, spinach, and zucchini. To get started, find a good cookbook, like Anti-Inflammatory Eating Made Easy.
2. IgG Food Allergy Panel
This test will look for inflammation in your body caused by eating certain foods – the most common sensitivities are gluten/wheat, dairy, eggs, and yeast, but they vary from person to person. Eliminating the foods that trigger inflammation in your body will calm the immune system’s hyper reaction to these foods, and help to resolve eczema.
You can read more about the various types of food testing HERE. Read more
November is National Eczema Awareness Month in Canada. We’re continuing to raise awareness via The Eczema Song, which is now available on iTunes! And if you somehow missed the launch of the video last month (for Awareness Month in the US), you can watch it here on YouTube.
I wanted to introduce to you to the extraordinary man behind the lyrics of our song, singer/songwriter, Kyle Dine. And guess what? He has eczema too! This Canadian has been making magic happen at schools all across North America for years with his fun, but educational musical performances about food allergies. This year he released his first DVD based on these shows. The DVDs will help Kyle reach many more children and schools around the world by offering translations in multiple different languages. How cool is that?!
Here’s a little Q&A we were honored to do with Kyle: Read more
By Sabra Way (bio below)
Probiotics often come up when discussing possible supplements to use for eczema. The question is what kind, when do you use them and how will they help. In many previous studies involving atopic dermatitis, the probiotics were given to pregnant mothers and then continued in the infant after birth. Results were great, but what if a child didn’t receive probiotics inutero? Will probiotics given only after birth help a child’s eczema? Because probiotic strains have different effects, the results have been variable. However, in one new study, the benefits of probiotics for eczema in children has finally been documented. In this study, two probiotic strains ( Lactobacillus paracasei and Lactobacillus fermentum) were either given singly or in combination and tested against a placebo in children 1-18 years of age with moderate atopic dermatitis. After three months, eczema symptoms (affected area size, redness, oozing, scratching, skin thickening and dryness) in the probiotic groups were reduced, and this effect remained for another month without probiotic supplementation. The probiotic group also had improved quality of life measuring things like sleep, symptoms, feelings and activities affected by their skin. Atopic dermatitis improved especially in children younger than age 12, who had breastfed longer than six months. Read more
By Dr. Peter Lio (bio below)
1. Stop the Itch-Scratch Cycle
One of my favorite techniques to help a child stop scratching is to do a “Skin Reset”. This was discussed by Lisa Choy at the National Eczema Association here. But the idea is that if the itch-scratch cycle is getting out of control, you can hit the “reset” button by doing the following:
- Give a short bath or shower in lukewarm water
- Gently pat dry and then immediately apply their medication (if necessary) followed by a liberal amount of moisturizer
This is a powerful way to help wash off any allergens and irritants that may be worsening things, helps to super-hydrate the skin.
ScratchMeNot flip mitten sleeves are also a helpful tool for parents managing eczema in children. These scratch mittens for babies with eczema aid in preventing children up to 6 years old from scratching their skin. I recommend ScratchMeNot for nighttime use as they could potentially affect motor development if used too often during the day. Read more
It’s National Eczema Awareness month in the US! And to celebrate, I have something REALLY, REALLY awesome to show you. It’s something I’ve been quietly working on for the past six months and I’m very happy to share it with you today.
I proudly present, The Eczema Song! Kyle Dine, food allergy singer/song writer and all around wonderful guy, and I collaborated on this song in order bring some fun relief to the daily stress we all must manage for ourselves or children with eczema.
This skin condition is anything but easy and I know firsthand. When my son, Tristan’s, eczema was at its worst, it was incredibly stressful and it really took a toll on our entire family. Some of our challenges, which I’m sure you can relate to were: Read more
Trichotillomania is a disorder where children or adults habitually pull out hair from their scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, underarms, arms, legs or anywhere else on the body. In less severe cases, you may find your child sitting still – watching TV, studying, reading a book – and their idle hands will begin to pull their hair out. In more serious case,s children may pull out hair consciously despite the pain. What in the world would cause this, you ask? Well, when a toddler or a baby pulls hair, it’s usually when they are stressed, upset, crying or uncomfortable. Their way of self soothing, or distracting themselves from their discomfort is through hair pulling.
As a parent, Trichotillomania can be very stressful. Thankfully it can be relatively simple to stop. You should be able to prevent trichotillomania in children and in infants by simply engaging them in an activity at a time when they would normally pull out hair. In other words, don’t leave their hands unoccupied. Distraction techniques like these and busy activities are great. Read more
Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to something VERY unique today. Something that can have a very positive and powerful effect on children with food allergies and asthma. It is simply very cool. And your children will LOVE it!
To tell us more about it, first let’s welcome Aaron Horowitz. He is the Co-founder and CEO of Sproutel, the creator of the most awesome “toy” ever, Jerry the Bear, a platform for pediatric health and wellness education, an idea that spawned from Aaron’s own childhood experience with Human Growth Hormone Deficiency and his own food allergies.
ILW: Who is Jerry the Bear?
Aaron: Jerry the Bear is a smart teddy bear that helps children learn about their health through play! Children care for Jerry by feeding him healthy foods, brushing his teeth, and making sure he stays happy. Jerry is 9 years old (in bear years) and has a little sister Isabella who is 4. Jerry loves going on adventures, building things, and making new friends! Read more
By: Dr. Amy Duong, ND
It’s time for the third annual Naturopathic Medicine Awareness Week, which was designated by the U.S Senate in 2013. During this week, naturopathic physicians throughout the world share with everyone how to support wellness in body, mind, and spirit with natural, safe, and effective therapies. Today, I’d like to share some notable facts about Naturopathic Medicine and some ideas for you to join in the spirit of health and happiness. Read more