What is Eczema?
Eczema is a term for a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated. In the UK, one in five children and one in twelve adults suffer from this skin condition.
There are many forms of Eczema, however, the two most common forms are atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis. Atopic dermatitas, also know as atopic eczema, is a genetic condition based on the interaction between a number of genes and environmental factors. Atopic refers to a group of diseases with an often inherited tendency to develop other conditions, such as asthma and hay fever. Affecting people of all ages but more commonly seen in children. However even if eczema disappears during early childhood, it is possible that it may reappear in later life. What makes this dry skin condition difficult to predict is that it appears in many forms and varies dastrically from person to person. Whilst it can be inherited, eczema is not contagious.
Symptoms of Eczema
In mild cases, the skin is dry, scaly, red and itchy. The itching is one of the main symptoms of eczema, often it begins even before a breakout. In more severe cases there may be weeping, crusting and bleeding. One of the main problems is that due to itching, the skin can split and bleed leaving you open to infection.
Affected areas usually appear very dry, thickened, or scaly. It can cause small rough bumps, in some cases leaking fluid. In fair-skinned people, these areas may initially appear reddish and then turn brown. Among darker-skinned people, eczema can affect pigmentation, making the affected area lighter or darker. In infants, the itchy rash can produce oozing, crusting and flakey areas, mainly on the face and scalp, but patches can appear anywhere.
Causes of Eczema
There is no known exact cause for this condition, however it is thought to be linked to an overactive response by the body’s immune system to an irritant. It is this response that causes the symptoms we see. It is more commonly found that those with eczema come from a family with a history of skin conditions, other allergies or asthma. There is a link between atopic eczema and hay fever or asthma. As around half of those with this condition will go on to develop one of these conditions, if not both.
Some people may have “flare-ups” in response to certain substances or conditions. The substances that bring on an allergy attack can cause some people with atopic dermatitis to break out in a rash. When we have an allergy to something, our immune system reacts to protect our body. Thus activating the cells that produce inflammation in the skin.
These allergens can be a food intolerance, or reactions to products such soap or detergent. For some coming into contact with animals dander can lead to outbreaks. Skin aggitations such as rough or coarse fabrics, dust mites, or simply being too hold or too cold can be triggers for many. Any defects in the skin barrier can also be a problem, allowing moisture out and germs in. Stress and anxiety may also cause existing conditions to worsen.
Unfortunately there is no way to completely cure yourself from suffering from Ezcema. For most people it can managed effectively by using the medical treatments that work best for you and trying to avoid anything that causes your skin to flare up and become irritated.
How can Salt Therapy help?
Salt Therapy is a clinically proven natural, safe and beneficial method of treatment which is suitable to use at any age, event whilst pregnant. It can help to not only relieve your symptoms, but also prevent them from recurring so frequently. Whilst prescription drugs and inhalors bring temporary relief, Salt therapy could bring long lasting freedom from breakouts and irritation.
The salt effectively kills bacteria and fungi as well being anti-inflammatory. So it will reduce redness and agitation, whilst improving circulation on the skin surface. Over time this will help reduce, and often stop, the itching allowing the skin to heal.
Salt therapy will come to your aid by activating multiple physiological processes in your body. Reduces IgE levels, a measure of antibodies which is often high in people with allergies, meaning the immune system becomes less oversensitive.
As salt therapy is said to reduce stress and anxiety this will allow sufferers to prevent breakouts caused by this.
Salt therapy sessions will also help reduce your need for prescription drugs and inhalors. However, as it is drug free and safe, it can used in conjunction with prescribed medication as a complimentary therapy treatment.
With skin conditions, you should expose the affected areas so the salt can land on the skin. We can try to accomodate a private session for anyone who needs to expose large areas of the body to the air. When using salt therapy to help eczema, the skin usually lightens from red to pink with itching decreasing after the first few sessions. However, as this condition differs so greatly from person to person, results will also vary. With some seeing significant results very quickly, whilst others take a little longer.
If you would like to have a chat to discuss the extent of you, or a loved ones, condition please feel free to get in touch. When we know the extent of your symptoms we can have a clearer idea on how salt therapy can be effective for your unique case. All consultations are free, and come with a free salt therapy session. Feel free to bring along a friend or family member to try it out with you.
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