Eczema treatment: Best oil to apply to skin to combat inflammation

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Eczema comes from the Greek word “ekzein” which means to boil and those suffering from the condition can relate to the boiling sensation. Eczema makes the skin extremely dry and itchy and the severity differs from person to person. The specific cause of eczema is unknown but experts say pollen might be a potential trigger to eczema. Children are more likely to develop eczema if a parent has the condition. Coconut oil has been extremely popular for some time. The oil is rich in auric acid which is a healthy fatty acid that is also in breast milk.

The “mother’s milk” helps with an array of health issues, including improving digestion, reducing cholesterol and even improving Alzheimer’s.

Coconut oil cannot cure eczema but it can soothe the skin, reduce the itching and irritation and lower risk of more infections.

In a 2014 study, patients applied virgin coconut oil to the skin for a period of eight weeks and had better results than mineral oil based products. 

As coconut oil is solid at room temperature, exposure to heat turns it into its liquid form. Coconut oil can be applied either in solid or liquid form and it is advised to apply to the skin twice a day.

Other ways to help with eczema include:

  • Moisturising your skin as often as possible, ideally at least two to three times each day.
  • Wash with a moisturiser instead of soap and avoid bubble baths and shower gels.
  • Wear non-powered non-rubber gloves to protect your hands when doing housework.
  • Try resist the temptation to scratch as it will only make the skin itchier in the long term.
  • Keep cool and try not overheating.
  • Try treat eczema as early as possible as the more severe it becomes, the more difficult it will be to control.
  • Rinse well after swimming and apply plenty of moisturiser after drying.

There are also some foods you should try to avoid including:

  • Citrus fruit
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Gluten
  • Soy
  • Tomatoes

The NHS said: “You should speak to your doctor if you have symptoms of eczema. They’ll usually be able to diagnose eczema by looking at your skin an asking relevant questions, such as whether the rash is itchy, when the symptoms first began, whether it comes and goes over time or whether there is a history of eczema in your family.”

Currently there is not cure and eczema often has a major impact on daily life, which may be difficult to cope with physically however using coconut oil daily may be able to help keep symptoms at bay.

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