Eczema or dermatitis is a skin condition where there is inflammation, erythema (redness), itchiness, and a rash. In some cases, there may also be some small blisters. Long-term eczema can result in thickening of the skin. Depending on the severity of the condition, the area of skin involved can range from a local area to the entire body.
The cause of dermatitis can be attributed to a combination of allergy, irritation, or poor venous return. Treatment usually involves the use of steroid creams, moisturizers, antihistamines, avoidant of irritant or allergen, and antibiotics.
Eczema is extremely common and involves over 30 million Americans. Globally, it is estimated to involve about 245 million individuals. Since it is a common condition, there are many home remedies that are available for it.
Home Remedy #1: Moisture
Eczema can worsen when the air is dry. This can be seen during the winter months. If the air in your home is dry, it can draw out more moisture from the skin. This is even more pronounced when the heat is turned on during the colder months. To maintain the moisture in your skin, stay hydrated and use a humidifier in the house.
Strategically place the humidifiers in areas where you spend most of your time in to gain the maximum benefit. Adding a humidifier can also be beneficial if any individuals in your household experience irritated eyes, dry skin, frequent coughs, cracked lips, dryness of the throat, allergies, sinus headaches, and bloody noses.