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The eczema is a group of diseases that leads to rashes like itchy red inflammation of the skin. It may lead to the formation of small papules, which ooze liquid when scratched and can get encrusted with pigmentation later on. It can be caused by infections, allergies or irritation of the affected part of the body.

Ayurvedic Description Of Eczema:

In Ayurveda, eczema is termed as Vicharchika, which is caused due to the vitiation of all the three doshas - Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The Pitta-vitiated Vicharchika is the most common form of eczema. The vitiation of the skin occurs through imbalance between the pitta and the blood to produce eczema.

Signs & Symptoms

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  • Skin rashes
  • Blisters
  • Bumpy rashes
  • Redness of skin
  • Swelling and Itching

Causes and Risk Factors

Environmental

It can be triggered by smoke, pollens, mist, dust mites, pets, pollen, microbes, hot and cold temperatures and certain food items like eggs, nuts, diary products, soya products and seeds etc.

Family history

A personal or family history of eczema, allergies, hay fever or asthma. The children are more likely to develop eczema if a parent has had it.

Stress

Though it is not a cause of eczema but it can make the symptoms worse.

Hormones

In women, the symptoms of eczema may get worsen at the time of changing levels of hormones especially at the time of pregnancy and menstrual cycle.

Genetics

Many genes also have been associated with eczema; individuals with celiac diseases have more incidence of eczema than normal individuals.

Self Care Tips

  • Take regular warm baths.
  • Use mild soaps or non-soap cleansers while washing.
  • Apply moisturizer quickly after taking bath and use it everyday.
  • Do not let the skin go dry and avoid wearing too tight, warm and synthetic clothes
  • Avoid wearing tight-fitting, rough, or scratchy clothing.
  • Avoid scratching the rashes; cover the area with a dressing.
  • Wear gloves at night to minimize skin damage from scratching.
  • Avoid exercise during the flare.
  • Clean the area with a hypoallergenic soap every day. Apply lubricating cream or lotion after washing.
  • Avoid physical and mental stress. Eating right, light activities, and having sound sleep can help in preventing flares.

Ayurveda offers many treatment options in eczema, medicines and home remedies for eczema depending on the severity and duration of the condition. Do not expect a quick response in treating the condition of eczema, as it is easy to manage eczema than to cure it completely.

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