Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) is a long-lasting condition that is often characterized by recurring episodes. It is well-known as a disease that affects the skin, leading to the formation of lesions on the skin of affected individuals. This condition is usually associated with genetic predispositions or heightened sensitivity to certain specific factors or elements
Prevalence in Children
When it comes to allergies in children, approximately 15% of children may experience eczema complaints, while 50% may have asthma, and 75% might experience hay fever. In children, this issue is often passed down from parents. Sensitivities to specific substances like eggs, cow’s milk, domesticated animal fur, dust mites, and dry particles in the dust can trigger this condition in the early years of life, especially during the first two years. Eczema usually begins before the age of five, and it tends to improve with time. However, around 25% of children continue to be affected even after reaching adulthood.
Common Symptoms of Eczema
Typically, eczema is associated with the following symptoms:
- Severe itching
- Redness of the affected skin
- The appearance of a scaly rash on the affected area
- The itching area often becomes thicker than the surrounding normal skin
- Scratching can lead to the skin breaking
- There is often a link between the affected area and substances or humidity
- The location of the affected area may change with age, typically appearing on the face, arms, and outer parts of the knees in children, while in adults, it’s more common on the neck, inside the elbows, and behind the knees.
Triggers and Aggravating Factors
Once eczema has developed, coming into contact with or being near specific items can worsen the condition. These items may include food, washing powders, creams, soaps, and shampoos. Digestive problems, physical weaknesses, nerve inflammation, gout, extreme cold and heat, localized irritation, and stomach worms are some factors that may trigger or worsen this skin condition.
Classification of Eczema
Eczema is categorized into several types, and it can be classified into two main types based on the duration and characteristics: acute and chronic. In patients with this condition, small pimples that are often severely itchy and become crusted may appear. These pimples usually become filled with a fluid that eventually dries up, forming crusts. Upon the onset of the disease, a mild fever can occur, which later intensifies with the severity of the disease.
Eczema Across Age Groups
Eczema usually affects the head and face and can occur in all age groups, from infants to the elderly. It is also hereditary and has a tendency to transfer inner diseases to the surface of the skin during the course of treatment. The role of diet is essential in the treatment process, so all items that might induce heat or exacerbation should be removed from the diet.
Homeopathic Treatment for Eczema
The following medicines are used for this condition, and each medicine has its specific symptoms, extremely safe, and proven effects:
Arsenic Album 30 (Arsenic Album):
When the skin becomes dry and blisters filled with hot fluid appear on the affected area, this medicine should be given. It is beneficial when the skin around the eczematous area becomes scaly. Patients experience intense itching and extreme thirst. It is an important remedy for eczema and psoriasis occurring one after the other.
Agaricus 30 (Agaricus):
Eczema with burning, itching, and pustules is benefited by this medicine. Patients feel like electric shocks on their skin. If there are deep, small, itching nodules on the skin, this medicine should be administered. Agaricus is effective for eczema that worsens during cold weather.
Alumina 200 (Alumina):
Thin and weak patients who are cheerful and have hidden conditions related to scrofula with the occurrence of pimples and warts on their skin, and these pimples turn into hard knots. It brings quick relief in such cases of eczema. It is useful when the patient continues to scratch until they injure the skin.
Apis mellifica 30 (Apis Mellifica):
For eczema with red, swollen hives that have a burning sensation and itching. The patient has hives on the lips, ears, nose, throat, and soles of the feet. This medicine is to be given when eczema occurs with a burning sensation and swollen skin. Remember that the patient complains of pain like bee stings at the affected site.
Arundo 200 (Arundo):
If there are symptoms of eczema on the skin due to allergy like rashes that are itchy, this medicine is very effective. Patients may have a severe itching sensation in their throat.
Baryta Carb 200 (Baryta Carb):
For elderly individuals with eczema, especially those who continue to drink alcohol, this is the best medicine. The patient’s skin is thick and burns. Eczema with red patches in joints and on the legs is effectively treated with this medicine.
Sulfuricum Acidum 200 (Sulphuric Acid):
Eczema of the third degree of syphilis is cured quickly with this medicine. It brings recovery. Especially for eczema with oozing sores where offensive discharges come out from the pimples. Other symptoms of syphilis are that the patient complains of severe itching.
Belladonna 200 (Belladonna):
Eczema occurring in the chest area and on the thighs is treated with this medicine. Inflammatory and sensitive areas with eczema are benefited even if there is itching. Keep in mind that the patient’s skin is dirty.
Bryonia Alba 200 (Bryonia Alba):
For eczema with dry, peeling skin. For cases where the patient’s body has spots or dry eczema, this medicine can be administered. Additionally, for patients who have a strong thirst.
Calcarea Carbonica 30 (Calc Carb):
Eczema that occurs in children and women with smooth skin, this medicine is extremely effective. Such children or adults who are overweight and have moist skin, this medicine is very useful.
Calcarea Phosphorica 6x (Calc Phos):
Eczema of those who have anemia and a weak body is cured with this medicine. If pimples appear due to an injury, this medicine quickly brings improvement. This medicine can also be given as an adjuvant with other medicines.
Causticum 200 (Causticum):
For eczema with pustules that are yellow and eczema around the corners of the nose.
Lycopodium 200 (Lycopodium):
Eczema with pustules that first have blisters, then become dry and scaly, and eczema affecting concealed areas are benefited by this medicine. Eczema appears in a place that increases with any abdominal disease, this medicine should be administered.
Mercurius 30 (Merc Sol):
Eczema in the chest region and on the thighs is treated with this medicine. It is beneficial even if there is eczema on inflamed soft and delicate areas. Keep in mind that the patient’s skin is dirty.
In concealed syphilitic patients, eczema is cured quickly with this medicine. Keep in mind that in patients using this medicine, the eczema remains sticky.
Remember: For eczema in adults, Graphite’s and Arsenic Album 200 are the best medicines. In cases where the skin is infected with a honey-like or nectar-like substance, Graphite is effective.
For eczema on the groin, Kreosote 30 to 200 is the best treatment.
For dry and cracked eczema, especially when the disease is old, Kali Muriaticum 6 to 30X is the best treatment.