Eczema is an all too common condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked. It is a long-term (chronic) condition in most people, although it can improve over time, especially in children, which can offer hope but is certainly not a treatment plan that offers much in terms of making a difference during flare ups.
Atopic eczema can affect any part of the body, but the most common areas to be affected are:
- backs or fronts of the knees
- outside or inside of the elbows
- around the neck
There is no known cure for eczema and it can be extremely painful, unsightly and leave the sufferer open to skin infection, discomfort and pain. The use of emolient creams and corticosteroids doesn’t appeal to a more informed and health conscious population – so what treatment options are there? And do they work?
One US based couple have taken a thorough, holistic approach to their child’s eczema and have created a website and facebook page to help share their experience with others in the hope of, not only helping other parents, but also building a database of shared, common experiences that may go a long way to providing empirical evidence that this need not be a hopeless condition that we just need to accept and put up with.
Below is Shae Phelon’s approach in her own words with links to her website and facebook page for you to check out, join in and share.
We have learned that to get rid of eczema it is a multi-step endeavor from our experience.
The first part of this process, for us, leaned more on what we stopped feeding our daughter: dairy, processed foods, red meats, unnatural sugars and drinks, eliminating them from her diet completely. Another part of this process was the use of coconut, hemp, almond oils and shea butter to moisturize her skin, Dye-free and perfume-free soaps to bathe with are essential to her skin health as well as taking Cod Liver tablets daily and sprinkling Flaxseed on almost all of her meals as well as giving her Probiotics every day.
The last part of this process involved us feeding her a plant-based diet. When we first started, I was frantic, researching every forum I could find. The information I found helped, but only temporarily. I wanted to get to the root of what was the cause of her eczema and what initiated flare ups. What I started feeding her in the beginning contained some food items that people have differing opinions about, at the time it seemed better than the alternative. Our meals, even today, evolve all the time because the more educated we get about the benefits of plant-based foods the more we eliminate more things. So, for your household, research plant-based meals and see what works for your household.
Get educated – this is the key, and the more you know the more confident you’ll be when you go shopping, or to restaurants. Information is power, and so are these fruits and vegetables.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”― Hippocrates
About the Author
Shae is a homeschool mother, a writer, and an editor. She and her husband, Antonio, write relationship books together, and now are embarking on helping others find healing from eczema by adopting a plant-based diet.