• Eczema, as most people know it, is a topical rash affecting the skin. It is most prominent in children between the ages of 1 and 5, although some unlucky sufferers have been known to struggle with chronic eczema into their adult years. The afflicted areas – commonly the bends of the elbows and knees, ankles, face, and neck – are dry, red and sensitive, usually itchy, and often ooze or become crusted over. The condition can persist for months at a time, occasionally “flaring” in brief bursts where symptoms are more severe. Prolonged cases of eczema may leave the skin thickened or hardened.  

    Eczema: a mystery to conventional medicine

    Despite eczema being extremely common – some 20% of children will experience a bout during infancy – modern medical science has failed to identify a single undisputed cause for the condition. A genetic predisposition (many cases of eczema in one family) has been found to increase the chance of, but not guarantee, that the rash will strike. There also appears to be no rhyme or reason as to why some cases of eczema persist so much longer or strike with greater severity when compared to others. On a whole, surprisingly little is known about the condition, and no reliable pharmaceutical cure or treatment for eczema exists.  

    Natural treatment excels for eczema and other allergic conditions

    One recognised characteristic of eczema which is consistent is that sufferers of the rash are much more likely to also experience other illnesses with strong connections to allergies, such as asthma or hayfever. This indicates that whatever deficiencies or lifestyle conditions leave one vulnerable to allergic reactions also make one susceptible to severe eczema. Fortunately, naturopaths such as the staff at Total Health Clinic Central Coast have long held the key to recovering from severe allergies, and can provide safe and effective treatment for you or your child’s eczema.

    Naturopathy holds that allergies are best treated through nutrition, as food intolerances can be found to cause the vast majority of allergic reactions. By changing one’s diet to supplement key nutritional areas, eczema and other allergic conditions can be seen to subside over time. In this case our Clinic recommends increasing the intake of essential fatty acids, like those found in avocado, oily fish, nuts, and seeds. 

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