Eczema is a skin ailment involving superficial inflammation of the skin mainly affecting the epidermis.

It is characterized by itching with a red rash often accompanied by small blisters that may weep and become infected.

We have successfully treated many cases of Eczema by using diet and the methods described below. We often treat for yeast (candida) at the same time.

Normally we do a blood food allergy test and a comprehensive stool analysis besides the routine lab to determine the root cause of the problem.

These substances may alleviate or prevent eczema:

  • Enzymes - Most atopic Eczema patients exhibit a deficiency in Delta-6 Desaturase (the enzyme that converts Linoleic Acid to Gamma-Linolenic Acid and which converts Alpha-Linolenic Acid to Stearidonic Acid).  Delta-6 Desaturase deficiency may be a principal underlying cause of atopic Eczema.  Most (usually children) atopic Eczema patients exhibit Glutathione Peroxidase deficiency.
  • Hormones - Insufficient endogenous production of Cortisone can be an underlying cause of Eczema. Melatonin may be useful for the treatment of Eczema.
  • Lipids - Alpha-Linolenic Acid (LNA) may alleviate (atopic) Eczema in approximately up to 50% of Eczema patients. Eicosapentaenoic Acid (applied topically or consumed orally) may alleviate (atopic) Eczema. Forskolin may alleviate Eczema. Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) (550 mg per day) may alleviate atopic Eczema (due to its moisturizing effects). Eczema-like Skin eruptions may be a symptom of Linoleic Acid (LA) deficiency.
  • Microorganisms - Lactobacillus acidophilus may alleviate Eczema. Lactobacillus rhamnosus may alleviate (atopic) Eczema.
  • Minerals - Eczema may sometimes occur as a symptom of Calcium deficiency.Eczema that is associated with Nervousness may occur as a result of Potassium deficiency. Selenium may be of benefit in the treatment of (atopic Eczema (most children afflicted with atopic Eczema exhibit very low Glutathione Peroxidase levels – Selenium helps to restore Glutathione Peroxidase levels in these cases).  Silicon may alleviate Eczema. Eczema may occur as a result of Sulfur deficiency.
  • Nitrogenous Compounds - Exogenous, supplemental Urea (applied topically) may alleviate Eczema.
  • Pharmaceutical Drugs - Cortisol  cream applied topically) is often prescribed to reduce the Inflammation associated with Eczema.
  • Vitamins - Eczema may occur as a result of Biotin deficiency and Biotin alleviates some cases of Eczema. Inositol may help to prevent Eczema. PABA (Para Aminobenzoic Acid) may alleviate Eczema.  Vitamin A may alleviate some cases of (atopic) Eczema. Eczema may occur as a result of Vitamin B2 deficiency and supplemental Vitamin B2 alleviates many cases of Eczema. Eczema may occur as a result of Vitamin B6 deficiency. Vitamin B12 (1 mg per day) may alleviate some (approximately 60% of) cases of (atopic) Eczema.  Vitamin B12 (cream applied topically) may also be an effective treatment for (atopic) Eczema.  Vitamin C may be useful for the treatment of (atopic) Eczema.  Vitamin E may be useful for the treatment of (atopic) Eczema.

These foods/herbs may alleviate or prevent eczema:

  • Animal-Derived Supplements - Thymus Extract may help to restore the elevated Helper T-Cells to Suppressor T-Cells ratio to normal in Eczema patients.
  • Bee Foods - Royal Jelly may help to prevent or treat (atopic) Eczema.
  • Dairy Products - Yogurt (applied topically) may alleviate Eczema (due to the Lactobacillus acidophilus content of Yogurt).
  • Grasses - Barley Grass (12 grams of Barley Grass powder administered in 3 x 4 gram dosages per day) may alleviate Eczema (in up to 75% of patients).
  • Herbs - Burdock reputedly alleviates Eczema (accordint to folklore). Calendula (crushed petals applied topically) is claimed to be effective for healing Eczema – especially long term Eczema (according to anecdotal reports). Chamomile (oil or cream applied topically) may alleviate (atopic) Eczema. Chaparral (tea) reputedly alleviates Eczema (according to folklore). Goldenseal may alleviate Eczema (according to folklore). Licorice (consumed orally or applied topically) may alleviate Eczema. Pau D’Arco reputedly alleviates Eczema (according to folklore). Red Clover (tea) reputedly alleviates Eczema (according to folklore). Saint John’s Wort (cream applied topically) may alleviate (atopic) Eczema (due to the Hyperforin content of Saint John’s Wort. Sangre de Grado (resin applied topically) may alleviate (atopic) Eczema. Sassafras (oil applied topically) may alleviate Eczema. Witch Hazel (applied topically) may alleviate Eczema. Yellow Dock reputedly alleviates Eczema.
  • Oils (dietary oils) - Borage Seed Oil may alleviate (atopic) Eczema. Evening Primrose Oil (1,000 – 3,000 mg per day) may alleviate (atopic) Eczema. Fish Oils  consumed orally or applied topically alleviate (atopic) Eczema (due to the Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) content of Fish Oils).  Flax Seed Oil may alleviate many cases of Eczema (due to the Alpha-Linolenic Acid (LNA) content of Flax Seed Oil). Olive Oil may alleviate Eczema when the Eczema is caused by EFA deficiency (due to the Fatty Acids content of Olive Oil).
  • Oils (topical oils) –  Emu Oil (applied topically or consumed orally) may reduce the Inflammation of the Skin associated with Eczema.  Lavender (oil added to bath water) may alleviate Eczema. Eczema is claimed to respond well to Neem Oil (applied topically). Oregano Oil (applied topically) may alleviate Eczema. Tamanu Oil (applied topically) reputedly alleviates Eczema. Tea Tree Oil (applied topically to the site of the Eczema) may alleviate the Itching associated with Eczema.
  • Sprouts - Rye Sprouts (concentrated extracts of Rye Sprouts such as Acno cream applied topically) may alleviate Eczema (it may eliminate the dryness and reduce the Inflammation associated with Eczema within two days of commencement of Oralmat treatment).
  • Vegetables - Potato (applied topically) may alleviate Eczema. Rhubarb (juice) may alleviate the Pain and Itching associated with Eczema (due to Anthraquinones in Rhubarb). 
  • Other Factors that may alleviate eczema - Electromagnetic Radiation: Exposure of afflicted areas of the Skin to Sunlight may alleviate (atopic) Eczema (due to the UV-B component of Sunlight). Exposure of afflicted areas of the Skin to UV-B may alleviate (atopic) Eczema.

These ailments may cause eczema:

  • Digestive System - Hypochlorhydria (insufficient production of Hydrochloric Acid) may be the underlying cause of some cases of Eczema. Intestinal Permeability may be the underlying cause of some cases of (atopic) Eczema.
  • Immune System - Eczema (when the cause is not Essential Fatty Acid deficiency) may occur as a result of allergies. Eczema patients may have a high Helper T-Cells:Suppressor T-Cells ratio.

These substances may cause eczema or may be implicated in eczema:

  • Cytokines - Elevated IgE levels may be associated with an increased risk of (atopic) Eczema.  references
  • Hormones - Excessive production of Platelet Aggregating Factor (PAF) may be implicated in Eczema (due to its Inflammatory function).
  • Lipids - Excessive production of Leukotriene B4 may be implicated in (atopic) Eczema.  Excessive production of Prostaglandin E2 may be implicated in (atopic) Eczema.
  • Microorganisms - Staphylococcus aureus (when it colonizes the Skin) may exacerbate (increases the severity of) (atopic) Eczema.
  • Minerals - Arsenic poisoning may cause Eczema.

Types of eczema:

  • Eczematous Dermatitis
  • Endogenous Dermatitis
  • Atopic Eczema (also known as Atopic Dermatitis;  Childhood Eczema) commonly occurs during childhood and is sometimes associated with an hereditary history of allergies. Atopic Eczema affects 3% to 10% of infants (but can also occur in adults).  Affected children exhibit dry, itchy skin with eruptions. Atopic Eczema has an immunological basis.
  • Discoid Eczema is characterized by small, well-defined areas of Eczema.
  • Pompholyx Eczema occurs on the hands and feet.
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis is characterized by scaly plaques occur in areas of sebum production (Scalp, Face).
  • Varicose Eczema develops on the legs in association with poor circulation.

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