The progress in the treatment for eczema is non-existent. The same eczema medication is still being prescribed as it was back in the seventies even though there has been evidence that it is detrimental to skin. This medication comes in the form of steroid cream, antihistamine and thick, emulsifying ointments.
The steroid creams such as hydrocortisone, can only be used for a limited time as it causes thinning of the skin among other side-effects. However, the user of the cream becomes dependent because as soon as the cream stops being applied to the skin, the eczema comes back with a vengeance. This type of medication only eliminates the eczema while it is being used so it is purely temporary and in the process, can damage the skin.
For people who only acquire eczema as a passing phase, the steroid cream is probably an appropriate method of treatment but for those with an atopic, permanent eczema, this form of treatment seems to be an aggravation.
The emulsifying, emollient type creams seem to work for some but for others creating an itchy rashy mess, where the skin can not breathe with the thick, heavy cream smothered all over the body.
Many who are frustrated at the lack of effective, conventional eczema treatment are turning to alternative natural methods to remedy the skin.
This can be in the form of organic skin cream, soothing plant extracts in oil or capsule form and changing the diet to avoid foods which are known to cause irritation in the skin.
The root cause of eczema can often be avoided by finding out what causes the symptoms. As described many foods such as wheat, dairy, fish, preservatives and highly processed foods can instigate eczema symptoms. There are skin tests that can be performed to find out which foods have the allergen to a particular individual.
Perfumes and chemicals found in household substances can also be to blame. Changing to unperfumed beauty products and non-biological clothes washing powder can reduce irritation in the skin.