Battle Eczema https://battleeczema.com Never Quit, Persevere, be Active in Life! Fight Eczema! Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:40:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.1 Seasonal Depression/Winter Blues Leading To Worsening Eczema? Small Tips That May Help https://battleeczema.com/seasonal-depression-winter-blues-leading-to-worsening-eczema-small-tips-that-may-help/ Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:32:54 +0000 https://battleeczema.com/?p=2820 There are certain people who suffer from depression when winter comes. These symptoms are commonly known as the winter blues, although the condition is medically known as the SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. Those who suffer from this condition tend to become moody, depressed, stress and lethargic when the winter season comes. This can worsen […]

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There are certain people who suffer from depression when winter comes. These symptoms are commonly known as the winter blues, although the condition is medically known as the SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. Those who suffer from this condition tend to become moody, depressed, stress and lethargic when the winter season comes. This can worsen our stress leading the increase the chance of one of the worse case scenario which is getting Flare Ups for those who suffers Eczema! Learn more on the negative effects of Stress on Eczema here.

As a definition, the Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that’s linked to the changing of the season. Usually, the symptoms start to appear around the start of November and will disappear during the spring season.

If you think you suffer from of the symptoms of SAD, here are some tips on how you can boost your mood and fight off the symptoms of winter blues.

Stay Active

When the weather is cold, it can be difficult for a lot of people to pull themselves out of bed. However, try to keep yourself active. Force yourself to go to work even if you don’t feel like it. Exercise as often as you can because exercising will make your body release endorphins that can help minimize the depression symptoms. So hit the gym or go running if possible.

Practice a New Hobby

Again, do something that you love or enjoy. If you have a hobby, then indulge in it. It could be singing, dancing, gardening, painting, etc. Don’t deprive yourself of things that you love to do so you will not feel depressed. If you practice hobbies, you’ll be able to keep yourself busy and you’ll forget about feeling sad and lonely.

Focus on Positive Things

Always look for the good things in everything. People who suffer from SAD tend to be negative all the time. Instead of focusing on the bad things, remember all the good things that have happened in your life. This can somehow help improve your mood and minimize the symptoms of depression.

Talk to Other People

Don’t hesitate to talk to someone about how you feel. Look for a friend or a family member whom you trust and open up about your feelings. It would really help to have someone you can share your feelings with.

Use Lights

We all have to deal with dark and gloomy mornings in winter and this could make people feel even more depressed. So, try to make your surroundings as bright as possible by turning the lamps on. This can somehow help to lift your mood. In case you didn’t know, dark environments have the tendency to make people feel unhappy. If possible, get lamps that can mimic the natural light outdoors. 

Spoil Yourself

Go out and spoil yourself whenever you feel like you are about to get depressed. Watch movies, go shopping, party with friends, or do anything that you love. Doing something you love can make you feel happy and make you forget about your winter blues.

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10 Ways to Manage Your Oily Skin https://battleeczema.com/10-ways-to-manage-your-oily-skin/ Mon, 04 Nov 2019 03:04:04 +0000 http://battleeczema.com/?p=2807 We can all agree that having an oily skin is very annoying. Aside from making you look terrible, the oil can clog your pores and will eventually lead to breakouts. But you should know that having oily skin is normal. In fact, oil can benefit your skin in many ways, such as keep your skin […]

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We can all agree that having an oily skin is very annoying. Aside from making you look terrible, the oil can clog your pores and will eventually lead to breakouts. But you should know that having oily skin is normal. In fact, oil can benefit your skin in many ways, such as keep your skin protected from wrinkles.

The best thing that you can do is to try to manage your oily skin.

To help you with this, here are some tips:

1. Wash Your Face Often

The best way to minimize the presence of oil in your skin is to wash your face regularly. If possible, wash your face twice a day – morning and night. But don’t overdo it. Otherwise, the natural oils that your skin produces will be gone and your face will be more sensitive to the oil.

2. Work Out Regularly

When you exercise, the blood flow in your body will improve and this can help to nourish your skin cells. Exercising can also open up your pores and remove any toxins that get clogged there. Just make sure you drink at least 5 to 6 glasses of water per day to help flush the toxins out.  Also here are some tips to help increase your motivation to move your body!

3. Exfoliate Your Skin

Exfoliating is another effective way to manage your oily skin. It can help to remove the dead cells that are at the top layer of your skin. Removing these dead skin cells can minimize the clogging of your pores and prevent acne breakouts.

When exfoliating your skin, use a facial scrub that’s specifically designed for oily skin. Exfoliate twice a week. This will make your skin clean, smooth, and oil-free. The scrub can also serve as a facial cleanser that can remove whiteheads and blackheads off your skin. But then again, too much exfoliation could dry your skin so don’t overdo it.

4. Apply Moisturizers

Contrary to what many people think, using moisturizers if you have oily skin is not really that bad. For as long as you use the right moisturizer, the product can actually benefit your skin. Look for an oil-free moisturizer that won’t make your skin feel greasy.

5. Use Blotting Papers

Blotting papers are very useful for people with oily skin. If possible, carry some of these with you and apply them on your face whenever you feel like the oil is building up again. These papers are made from absorbent papers that can effectively remove the oil from your skin. But remember that blotting papers won’t treat or stop the production of oil in your skin. They can only remove the oil temporarily so you will not look bad when the oil starts building up.

6. Use a Toner

Toners can also help to minimize the buildup of oil in your skin. According to a study, astringents, especially those that contain natural ingredients like witch hazel have soothing effects on the skin. It’s because witch hazel contains tannin, which is anti-inflammatory. This is good for your skin and can help to tighten your pores and eliminate substances that block your pores and cause acne growth.  If you have Eczema like myself, please read my article on toner and Eczema here.

7. Use Lemons and Egg Whites

Another effective natural remedy for oily skin is lemons and egg whites. Both of these can effectively tighten skin pores. Plus, the acid from the lemon can help absorb the oil in your face. Studies show that lemons have antibacterial properties that are good for acne-prone skin. But keep in mind that this remedy is not recommended for those who are allergic to eggs.

8. Follow a Diet without Oil

Your diet plays an important role in the overall condition of your skin. As much as possible, avoid eating oily foods, especially fried foods. Instead, eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Eating kiwis and lemons can also help to tone down the oil in your skin and prevent acne.

9. Try Not to Touch Your Face

You should avoid touching your skin, especially when it becomes too oily. This will only trigger the growth of acne and worsen the condition of your skin. You may not be able to see it, but your hands could carry dirt and bacteria that can cause an acne breakout.

10. Use Honey

Honey is an amazing skin remedy that can do wonders for your oily skin. It contains antiseptic and antibacterial properties that are good for the skin, especially oily skin. Simply spread a layer of pure honey on your face. Leave it on your skin for at least 10 minutes and rinse it with warm water.


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Different Ways to Use Tea Bags for Health Benefits https://battleeczema.com/different-ways-to-use-tea-bags-for-health-benefits/ Sun, 06 Oct 2019 00:38:40 +0000 http://battleeczema.com/?p=2799 Tea drinkers, instead of throwing away those used tea bags, why don’t you put them to good use? You will be surprised to know that used tea bags can actually benefit you in many ways. If this is the first time you hear about this, then here are 8 ways on how you can benefit […]

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Tea drinkers, instead of throwing away those used tea bags, why don’t you put them to good use? You will be surprised to know that used tea bags can actually benefit you in many ways. If this is the first time you hear about this, then here are 8 ways on how you can benefit from used tea bags.

1. Soothe Tired Eyes

You have probably experienced one of those days where you woke up and felt like your eyes have weighed a ton or they feel tired and strained. When this happens again, all you need to do is use chilled tea bags and place them over your tired eyes.

Make sure you close both eyes before applying the teabags. Leave the bags for around 15 minutes. This can help soothe your eyes and you’ll notice that the puffiness and those nasty under eye circles will be gone!

2. Treat Razor Burns

Sometimes, no matter how careful we are when shaving, we can’t escape those painful razor burns! If you ever find yourself in this situation, simply place the used tea bag over the affected area. This can help soothe the pain and you can go on with your life like nothing happened.

3. Soothe Your Canker Sores

Canker sores are not only painful, but they also make eating and drinking annoying. Chilled tea bags can help relieve the pain that comes with your canker sores. The cold and healing properties from the tea can do wonders to make you feel better.

4. Treat Sunburned Skin

If you’ve burned your skin after a whole day of staying out in the sun, simply throw some used tea bags in your bathtub and immerse yourself in it. The tea’s calming and cooling effects can help relieve you of the burn.

Note: Make sure to choose the right sunscreen especially if you have Eczema.

5. Heal Bleeding Gums

Having bleeding gums is truly irritating, if not painful. Used tea bags can help to ease the pain that comes with it. Soak the tea bag in cold water and then apply it directly into the affected gum area.

6. Prevent a Small Nick from Bleeding

Sure, nicks won’t kill you but they can bring discomfort, especially if the wound is still fresh. To prevent bleeding, soak the used tea bags in hot water and place them on the affected area for about 30 seconds. Teas have tannins that will help clot the blood and make you go back to your normal routine without feeling any discomfort.

7. Make Bruises Heal Faster

Used tea bags are also an effective remedy for bruises. The tannins have the ability to constrict the blood vessels. Applying tea bags on the affected area can help improve blood flow.

8. Relieve Injection Pain

It’s hard to see your little one crying helplessly after an injection. To soothe the pain, place a wet tea bag over the area that has been injected. The tannin from the tea can help to soothe the pain and will make your baby feel better.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are many ways on how you can benefit from used tea bags. So instead of throwing them away, you might want to keep them in your fridge instead. You’ll never know when you’re actually going to use them.


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Top 3 Benefits of Vitamin K1 and K2 https://battleeczema.com/top-3-benefits-of-vitamin-k1-and-k2/ Mon, 22 Jul 2019 22:53:33 +0000 http://battleeczema.com/?p=2683 Vitamin K is mainly known for its ability to assist in blood clotting but it’s actually a collection of vitamins that offer a wide range of other health benefits. In this article, we will share with you all the information you need to understand this vitamin. You’ll also learn the difference between Vitamin K1 and […]

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Vitamin K is mainly known for its ability to assist in blood clotting but it’s actually a collection of vitamins that offer a wide range of other health benefits. In this article, we will share with you all the information you need to understand this vitamin. You’ll also learn the difference between Vitamin K1 and Vitamin K2, and the benefits you get when you have a fair amount of these vitamins in your system.

K1 vs. K2

Vitamin K in any form has the ability to activate proteins that contribute to bone health, heart health, and blood clotting.

But vitamin K1 and K2 can have different effects on your body depending on factors like how the vitamin is transported through the system, as well as the level of absorption. The truth is that the human body cannot effectively absorb the vitamin K1 found in plants. Studies indicate that only 10% of the vitamin K1 from plants can be successfully assimilated into the body.

Although there’s even less data on the assimilation of vitamin K2, experts consider it easier to assimilate because of the high fat content found in the food that contain it. That’s mainly because vitamin K itself is fat soluble which means it goes down easier when consumed together with dietary fat.

Plus, vitamin K2 contains a long side chain which means it stays in the bloodstream for several days, whereas K1 circulates in the bloodstream for a few hours. According to experienced researchers, the longer vitamin K2 circulates in the bloodstream, the more effective it is at positively affecting several tissues and organs in the body. On the other hand, Vitamin K1 is mostly used by the liver.

As you can see, Vitamin K1 and K2 play different roles in the body and we’re going to discover just how far apart they are.

Main Benefits of Vitamin K1 and K2

Available research data indicates that vitamin K may have extensive benefits for heart health, bone health, and blood clotting.

Bone Health

Research data shows that vitamin K can also trigger the proteins involved in bone growth and development. In controlled studies, low levels of vitamin K1 and K2 have been shown to contribute to bone problems that lead to fractures.

Heart Health

Vitamin K has also been shown to have a positive effect on heart health. That’s because this vitamin activates a protein that inhibits the buildup of calcium deposits in the arteries thus preventing heart diseases. If these calcium deposits were allowed to continue accumulating, they would lead to plaque build-up and eventually, heart disease.

Coagulation or Blood Clotting

Vitamin K contributes a great deal to the proteins responsible for blood clotting. Blood clotting is important because it prevents excessive bleeding and allows your body to heal wounds and injuries quickly.

Conclusion

As you can see, vitamin K1 and K2 are essential in preventing heart disease, bone health issues and blood clotting. That’s why it’s considered to be one of the most important nutrients to include in a well-balanced diet.

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Top 3 Benefits of Collagen for Better Skin and Health https://battleeczema.com/top-3-benefits-of-collagen-for-better-skin-and-health/ Sun, 10 Mar 2019 16:53:09 +0000 http://battleeczema.com/?p=2667 Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know all about collagen’s skin tightening properties. The good news is that collagen is a naturally occurring protein and there’s plenty of it to go around in the body. It’s mostly available in the connective tissues and the bones. Taking collagen can lead to brighter, firmer […]

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know all about collagen’s skin tightening properties. The good news is that collagen is a naturally occurring protein and there’s plenty of it to go around in the body. It’s mostly available in the connective tissues and the bones.

Taking collagen can lead to brighter, firmer and plump skin. It can also help prevent skin issues like cellulite. A little known fact is that this nutrient is also beneficial for cultivating stronger and healthier nails and hair.

Due to its ability to promote skin elasticity, collagen intake is a fantastic way to smooth wrinkles and fine lines. Collagen can also help you alleviate joint pain, arthritis and other signs of aging.

Collagen Benefits

Here are the three main benefits that you get from collagen:

Reverses Skin Aging

It’s a well-known fact that collagen works great at cultivating bright and firm skin. That’s because it improves skin elasticity to cultivate a healthier and more youthful appearance.

However, as we get older, our bodies produce less collagen and we develop wrinkles, fine lines, and sagginess as a result. Luckily, collagen supplements are available to help boost our natural collagen.

According to a 2014 study, collagen can significantly improve skin elasticity in just four weeks. This study involved 46 female participants between the ages of 35 to 55 years, and one half of the group was given a placebo while the other half got a collagen hydrolysate supplement.

The same company conducted a similar study using the same supplement and it showed similar results, with participants experiencing results within eight weeks this time. It’s worth noting that the group who got a placebo didn’t experience any change in skin elasticity.  

Reduces Cellulite

Another benefit of collagen is that it can also contribute to reducing the appearance of cellulite. This is a problem that most women struggle with and there are very few viable solutions for it.

A manufacturing company of a collagen supplement conducted a study in 2015 aimed at confirming the drug’s ability to affect cellulite. During the study, a group of 105 women between the ages of 24 to 50 years were given Type I collagen peptides for a period of six months. The participants who took the supplement saw a considerable improvement in skin texture.

But, on its own, this study is not enough to prove that collagen can be a treatment for cellulite. More studies need to be conducted in order to confirm these findings, perhaps with a larger focus group as well.

Improve Digestive Health

As mentioned, collagen is mostly present in the connective tissues, and this includes the stomach. In fact, there’s plenty of collagen in your digestive tract’s protective lining. This helps protect your intestines from conditions like leaky gut syndrome and inflammation.

To prove this point, a study was conducted in 2016 with 170 participants who all suffered from inflammatory bowel syndrome. Based on observations, these individuals were found to have less serum collagen compared to healthy individuals without gut problems.

This led scientists to theorize that collagen intake can help improve gut health by building up the tissues along the gastrointestinal tract. But there isn’t enough research-backed evidence to connect digestive health and collagen supplementation.

Also look into Neem oil and Copper Peptides which supposedly helps stimulate collagen when it comes to healing small wounds. I will also add into the mix the popularity of Collagen Peptides which comes in powder form and is made from bone broth of grass fed Cows. I haven’t tried collagen peptides, but I will definitely research more into this new trend that many people say help improved their skin elasticity.

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Dealing with Cracked Skin on the Bottom of the Foot https://battleeczema.com/dealing-with-cracked-skin-on-the-bottom-of-the-foot/ Thu, 25 Oct 2018 02:47:01 +0000 http://battleeczema.com/?p=2660 Having dry and cracked feet is a surprisingly common problem among men and women. This condition is known as Xerosis and most of the time it’s a superficial issue that’s not linked to any underlying disease. The most common symptoms of Xerosis include calluses and cracks on the soles and heels of the feet, and […]

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Having dry and cracked feet is a surprisingly common problem among men and women.

This condition is known as Xerosis and most of the time it’s a superficial issue that’s not linked to any underlying disease. The most common symptoms of Xerosis include calluses and cracks on the soles and heels of the feet, and in some cases, it can even lead to a painful, itchy rash.

There are also instances where dry and cracked skin happens in other parts of the body at the same time as on the foot, and this is usually caused by internal health issues.

Some of the most common skin disorders that lead to dry and cracked skin on the foot include psoriasis, venous stasis (which is a leg vein condition), skin rashes that are a result of allergic reactions, as well as athlete’s foot or tinea pedis.

For children, the most common cause of thick, dry and cracked skin is atopic dermatitis.

Treatment for Dry and Cracked Skin

If you’ve tried all sorts of lotions, creams and balms to treat your dry and cracked foot calluses without any result, then it might be time to see a specialist such as a podiatrist. They’ll be more equipped to tell you exactly what the cause of the problem is and will administer the right treatment.

Podiatrists are also qualified to remove calluses and corns, which will help you avoid future damage, and your feet will look much better as a result. It’s important to add here that extremely dry skin can only get better when prescription-strength creams are administered, and you’ll have to consult with an appropriate physician in order to get that.

Tips for Healthy Feet

Foot Cream

Applying foot cream on a daily basis can significantly improve the appearance of the affected area. Preferably go for a cream that’s high in alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), as this compound works best to lift dead skin cells while improving the skin’s moisture retention levels. Lactic acid and Glycolic acid are both good examples of creams that are rich in alpha-hydroxy.

Lanolin

Lanolin works best for skin that has become so rough that it’s actually cracking. That’s because it offers a moisture barrier that actively improves the condition of chapped and cracked skin. Lanolin is typically sold as an over-the-counter medicine and it’s easy to find on the aisle which stocks products that are marketed to breastfeeding women.

Hypoallergenic Products

If there’s a possibility that the dryness and cracks on your foot are being caused by allergies and irritations then it might be a good idea to use products that are formulated specifically for sensitive or allergy-prone skin.

File or Pumice Stone

The pumice stone has always been a very effective method of getting rid of calluses and keeping the skin on your feet soft when it’s starting to form cracks or dry up. To get the best out of the pumice stone or file, make sure to use it right after you’ve soaked your feet. A loofah sponge will work wonders to exfoliate dry skin on the legs.

ALA and GLA

If you find yourself suffering from dry or cracked skin, consider increasing your intake of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), both of which are essential fatty acids that promote moisture on the skin. This means increasing your intake of foods like canola oil, walnuts, sea buckthorn and flaxseed oil.


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Understanding Linden Extract https://battleeczema.com/understanding-linden-extract/ Sat, 14 Jul 2018 00:12:01 +0000 http://battleeczema.com/?p=2645 Linden extract has several health benefits. It has the ability to prevent some forms of cancer and improving the immune system. It is also very effective in calming and detoxifying the body. Other benefits of applying the extract include lowering inflammation and elimination of anxiety. You can as well lower your blood pressure upon application. […]

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Linden extract has several health benefits. It has the ability to prevent some forms of cancer and improving the immune system. It is also very effective in calming and detoxifying the body. Other benefits of applying the extract include lowering inflammation and elimination of anxiety. You can as well lower your blood pressure upon application.

What are Linden Extracts?

It is an extract which has been extracted from a tree named linden (mainly taken from its leaves and flowers). The tree has several health benefits which makes it widely used to treat different health complications.  A popular way to use it is to make tea.  It is apparently pretty strong but tasty.  You can even purchase in Tea bags since it is gaining in popularity and fast becoming one of the most popular herbal teas on the market.

What is Linden Extract used for?

Tea itself is one of the most popular ways to ingest it.  The other way is the direct application to the skin from using different products which has it as an ingredient such as shampoos, bath gel, soaps and different types of cosmetic products.

What are the health benefits?

Relieves Anxiety. 

The tea has soothing effects which play a great role in relieving anxiety. If you suffer from different episodes of anxiety and stress, you can access some quick relief.

Prevents Chronic Diseases

It has antioxidants which play a great role in preventing different diseases. Kaempferol and quercetin act as free radical scavengers in the body which can eliminate harmful compounds in the body hence playing part in the elimination of disease causing agents in the body.

Detoxifies the Body

It has P-coumaric acid which is effective in inducing sweating hence making the body reduce toxins from the body. Release of excess salts and toxins from the body will make your skin stay rejuvenated.

Reduces Cold and Flu

If you suffer from cold and flu, linden can help in relieving the symptoms. Flu can cause inflammation of the respiratory tract and the throat. Best way to introduce linden is yet again via tea.

Removes Inflammation

Inflammation conditions such as arthritis, gout and headaches can be treated can help reduce the symptoms. It is also effective in removing inflammation from the blood vessels making you avoid incidences of headaches due to capillary blockages.

Prevents Cancer

Again going back to the fact it has antioxidants which play great roles in the prevention of cancer. Some of the antioxidants compounds  includes coumarin and quercetin which prevent buildup of free radicals in the body.

Improves Digestion

You can avoid constipation and bloating through drinking the tea. Several compounds in the extract play great roles in the prevention of gastrointestinal discomforts.

Is it good for the skin?

Linden Extract is good for the skin. It will make you sweat more efficiently (kind of strange) which in effect leads to elimination of toxins from the skin.  If you have skin which is affected by inflammation and toxins build up, drinking the tea will help in getting rid of the toxins.

It can be used through cosmetic products as an ingredient.  It is used for the sedative agents which will make the skin softer and apparently in some cases minimize the risk of those wrinkles as we get older.  More studies are needed and this article will be updated with better sources.  To learn more on other extracts my main page on making your own body cream using this extracts and essential oils.


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What is Seborrheic Dermatitis? https://battleeczema.com/what-is-seborrheic-dermatitis/ Sun, 20 May 2018 19:48:06 +0000 http://battleeczema.com/?p=2638 Seborrheic dermatitis, a form of eczema or dermatitis, affects areas of the body that are rich in glands, such as the scalp, face, and trunk. While it’s more common to affect males than females, it’s found in babies under the age of three months (and sometimes between six to 12 months), in young adults, and […]

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Seborrheic dermatitis, a form of eczema or dermatitis, affects areas of the body that are rich in glands, such as the scalp, face, and trunk. While it’s more common to affect males than females, it’s found in babies under the age of three months (and sometimes between six to 12 months), in young adults, and in the elderly.

If you suffer from seborrheic dermatitis, the following might be why:

  • You have oily skin.
  • You have a family history of psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis.
  • You’ve had an organ transplant.
  • You have HIV.
  • You have lymphoma.
  • You have neurological and psychiatric conditions such as Parkinson’s, depression, epilepsy, spinal cord injury, Down Syndrome, or facial nerve palsy.
  • You’ve received treatment for psoriasis with psoralen and ultraviolet A therapy
  • You’re not getting enough sleep.
  • Your life is too stressful.

How do you if you have seborrheic dermatitis?

If your baby suffers from infantile seborrheic dermatitis, there are many different symptoms. Firstly, it can cause cradle cap, which leaves greasy scales on the scalp, which can spread to the armpits and groin. Your baby may also have pink patches of skin that are flaky or are peeling. While it might seem like such a rash would irritate your child, seborrheic dermatitis is not normally itchy.

While there are many symptoms associated with infantile seborrheic dermatitis, there are even symptoms for adults suffering from the condition. Normally, it affects the scalp, face, behind the ears, and the upper trunk. It might flare up in winter, you might suffer from scaly patches, your eyelids may feel scaly, and you might have patches of scaly, oily skin on various parts of your body.

How do you treat seborrheic dermatitis?

As this skin condition affects several different parts of the body, there are numerous different treatment methods. Keratoyltics can be used to remove scaling, while topical antifungal cream can reduce malassezia.

If you are suffering from a flare up of seborrheic dermatitis, topical corticosteroids might also be prescribed by your doctor, for use for between one and three weeks.

However, not all cases can be treated with creams. Oral medication and phototherapy, in this instance, might also be recommended. If your scalp is affected by the skin condition, the use of medicated shampoos can help, as can steroid scalp applications, coal tar cream, and calcineurin inhibitors. Some people also prefer to try herbal methods, and while many people note positive results, they are not proven to work.

If your baby has been diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis, it’s a good idea to wash his or her scalp with baby shampoo, or even aqueous cream. Use a soft bristled brush to then remove the scaling. In severe cases, topical creams and petrolatum may also be used. Consult a medical professional before treating either yourself or your child’s condition.

How is seborrheic dermatitis different from atopic dermatitis?

It’s very easy to confuse atopic dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis. While they’re both a form of eczema, there are a few differences. Firstly, atopic dermatitis is exceptionally itchy, whereas seborrheic dermatitis is not. Atopic dermatitis also doesn’t discriminate when it comes to the skin it affects, but seborrheic dermatitis prefers oily skin.

If you believe you, or a family member, is suffering from either condition, seek professional medical treatment. They will be able to put you on a course of treatment that’s unique to your needs.


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What is Rosacea? https://battleeczema.com/what-is-rosacea/ Mon, 02 Apr 2018 17:10:43 +0000 http://battleeczema.com/?p=2631 At least 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea, an incurable but manageable skin condition that affects both men and women. While it can affect any individual – regardless of gender, lifestyle, or ethnicity, it’s known to mainly affect fair-skinned people or those who blush a lot, more than others. Unfortunately, there is no cure. However, […]

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At least 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea, an incurable but manageable skin condition that affects both men and women.

While it can affect any individual – regardless of gender, lifestyle, or ethnicity, it’s known to mainly affect fair-skinned people or those who blush a lot, more than others. Unfortunately, there is no cure.

However, there is a way to manage the condition. As each case is different, a treatment plan must be tailored to the individual patient by a medical professional.

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a reddening of the skin that normally occurs after the age of 30. It can come and go and normally centers around the cheeks, nose, forehead, chin, or even the neck, ears, scalp, or chest. Without treatment, rosacea can become more irritable, causing skin – particularly around the nose – to become lumpy, bumpy, or swollen.

There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to treatment for this condition, purely because there isn’t just one type. There are, in fact, four subtypes of rosacea. All of which affect individuals differently. Type 1 consists of flushing of the skin, constant levels of redness, and sometimes even visible blood vessels on the cheeks. Type 2 follows along the same lines, but also includes noticeable bumps and pimples.

Type 3 is a little more severe and includes thickening of the skin and excess tissue around the nose, while Type 4 is the worst of all, with people suffering from eye irritation, burning, vision loss, recurrent styes, and even corneal damage.

How can I treat Rosacea?

As all cases of rosacea are different, a medical professional can assess the severity of your condition before putting together a treatment plan. This plan might include various topical creams, or it might even consist of making dietary changes where particular foods result in a flare-up of the condition. In some cases, doctors will also recommend altering your skincare regime to include non-irritant skincare products, as well as laser treatment to remove visible blood vessels.

How do I know I have Rosacea?

To be diagnosed, you must seek help from a medical professional. While your symptoms may match those that accompany rosacea, it’s important you rule out any other medical conditions as well. There are many different symptoms, but you’re unlikely to suffer from all of them. In fact, mild cases of rosacea such as Type 1 can mean a rosacea suffer may only notice redness or flushing.

Symptoms can include redness similar to sunburn, pimples akin to acne, blood vessels becoming visible, eye irritation, tightness, burning or irritation of the skin, dry skin, or raised red patches. In severe cases, you might also notice your skin is becoming thicker – particularly around the nose – as well as facial swelling, or redness developing on the ears, scalp, chest, or neck.

How is Rosacea different from Eczema and Psoriasis?

While rosacea, eczema and psoriasis may look similar, they are completely different conditions, with different treatment methods as well. Rosacea affects mainly women from the age of 30, whereas psoriasis, a condition that tends to run in families, can affect anyone of any age. Eczema also runs in families but tends to develop at an early age, with almost half of children growing out of it before adulthood.

If you believe you, or someone you love, may suffer from rosacea or any other skin condition, it’s crucial that you see a doctor. Do not self-diagnose, and ensure you seek medical help before trying different topical creams and treatment methods.


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5 Amazing Health Benefits of Chamomile https://battleeczema.com/5-amazing-health-benefits-chamomile/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:14:06 +0000 http://battleeczema.com/?p=2620 Have you ever wondered why, when you were younger, your parents tried to force Chamomile tea upon you whenever you suffered from an illness? They weren’t just doing it for the sake of it, they were trying to make you better. There is no herb more versatile or beneficial than Chamomile. Not only can it […]

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Have you ever wondered why, when you were younger, your parents tried to force Chamomile tea upon you whenever you suffered from an illness? They weren’t just doing it for the sake of it, they were trying to make you better. There is no herb more versatile or beneficial than Chamomile. Not only can it treat a range of conditions – and alleviate a range of symptoms – but it also comes with very few, if any, side effects. This is not often the case with most natural herbs.

It offers several disease-fighting anti-oxidants, and promote tranquility, youthfulness, health and vitality. We would battle to list all the health benefits of Chamomile within this article, but below you can read about five of the most popular and well-known benefits of this magical plant.

It helps those suffering from anxiety and depression

As the leading cause of disability in the world, it’s of little wonder to many that people are always on the lookout for alternative depression medication. While anti-depressants are effective, they come with a whole host of side effects – many of which can be worse than depression or anxiety itself. As 350 million people suffer from depression on a daily basis, it’s important we make it known that there are natural ways to reduce the impact depression has on your life.

Chamomile, in essential oil form, works as a sedative. It calms the nerves, relaxes the body and improves your sleep quality. Simply inhale the vapors and apply drops to the back of your neck and wrists.

It’s a natural alleviator of allergy symptoms

Between 10 and 30 percent of the world’s population suffers from an allergy. Although Chamomile can’t alleviate them all, it can certainly help with seasonal allergies. Not only does it work as effectively, if not more so, than conventional over-the-counter allergy medication, but it’s cost-effective as well. As a natural anti-histamine, it can help you to build up a natural resistance with just 2-3 cups of Chamomile tea per day. Sweeteners such as honey can also be added if you’re not a huge lover of the taste! Oddly enough, however, if you’re allergic to ragweed, chamomile will not help. In fact, you may find that it further enhances the symptoms, rather than alleviates them.

It has anti-inflammatory properties

If you’re tired of over-the-counter anti-inflammatories not removing your source of pain, try chamomile. As either an oil or an herb, it will help with reducing pain, swelling, redness, irritation and congestion. It’s often referred to as an herbal aspirin and can be far better for your health than standard aspirin and anti-inflammatory medication.

It helps those suffering from menstrual conditions

It’s all too easy when you’re suffering from menstrual cramps to reach for a bottle of Aspirin, or a block of chocolate… however, there is a far more natural and beneficial way of fighting menstrual cramps. Chamomile tea contain compounds that not only fight infections, colds and flus, but work to relieve menstrual cramps as well. It definitely makes sense to include it into on your shopping list!

It enables you to get a good night’s sleep

Do you struggle to doze off at night? Are you tired of taking sleeping pills that can be dangerous if taken for long periods of time? Try chamomile tea. As a mild sedative and sleep inducer, this tea could be the answer you’re looking for. Within chamomile is a flavonoid called apigenin. This binds to the benzodiazepine receptors within your brain, telling it to slow down, relax, and go to sleep. Having a good night sleep has many benefits to your health especially if you have Eczema.

It can seem so convenient to keep a range of different pills in your medicine cabinet for ailments, but one simple herb can be enough to alleviate symptoms for a range of conditions. The next time you’re at a grocery store, stock up on chamomile tea and notice the difference in your everyday life.  If you are curious about other healthy teas, then you should check out this article.


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