Eczema is a common skin condition that affects both children and adults. It can be associated with infection (bacteria, fungi, yeast and viruses) of the skin. It appears as red patches of skin, scaly and itchy. Sometimes, tiny blisters containing clear fluid can form and the affected areas of skin can weep. Eczema can vary in severity and symptoms may flare up or subside from day to day. Children with eczema have a higher risk of developing food allergies, asthma and hay fever later stages of life.
Symptoms of eczema
The physical effects of eczema can include:
•Skin appears very dry, thickened or scaly
•Red and scaly areas on the front of the elbows and the back of the knees
•Watery fluid weeping from affected skin
•Lesions (sores) that may become infected by bacteria or viruses.
What Causes Eczema?
The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but it’s thought to be linked to an overactive response by the body immune system to an irritant. It is this response that causes the symptoms of eczema. In addition, eczema is commonly found in families with a history of other allergies or asthma. Also, defects in the skin barrier could allow moisture out and germs in. Some people may have “flare-ups” of the itchy rash in response to certain substances or conditions. For some, coming into contact with rough or coarse materials may cause the skin to become itchy. For others, feeling too hot or too cold, exposure to certain household products like soap or detergent, or coming into contact with animal dander may cause an outbreak. Upper respiratory infections and stress may cause the condition to worsen. The condition is not contagious and can’t be spread from person to person.
In Ayurveda, Eczema also known as Vicharchika and is a result of too much imbalance of dosha specially fire (Pitta) in the mind-body. The excess Pitta inside the body manifests toxins on the skin which result in the itchy flare-ups associated with eczema. Ayurveda manage this condition by approaching the perspective of diet, plant-based skincare and your mental state. This is the whole premise of Ayurveda as holistic, mind-body medicine. The irony is that eczema and psoriasis sufferers cannot use chemicals on the skin – but most conventional treatments are practically all chemicals.
Take a moment to examine what in your life might be causing these flare-ups. Do you spend a lot of time in the hot sun? Are you exposed to industrial chemicals on a regular basis – whether it is due to environmental factors or taking in too many chemicals through the skin through chemical-based skincare or do you carry a lot of anger around with you?
According to Ayurveda, Eczema is caused due to a faulty diet and lifestyle, which leads to impairment of digestion and aggravation of Pitta Dosha. Pitta manifests in the skin and causes accumulation of heating toxins known as ama. These toxins accumulate in body tissues, contaminating them at a deep level and causing Eczema. Ayurveda recommends an individualized Eczema treatment plan, including proper diet and specialized herbal combinations. The line of treatment works on pacifying Pitta by enhancing the digestion, as well as cleansing the accumulated toxins from the body.
Any condition that manifests itself in the body or on the skin is indicative of an imbalance going on – whether it be in the mind, body, and spirit. With eczema, it is specifically indicative of Pitta being too high.
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