There are a few conditions that I am asked about regularly, and one of the most frequent questions that I get is about Eczema. It usually comes up in conversation with someone asking, ‘Have you got anything for….’.
If you are familiar with homeopathy you will be aware that a remedy is chosen based on its ‘match’ to the overall picture of the person seeking treatment, rather than for a specific symptom or condition, as with conventional medicine. Conventionally, eczema is treated with steroid creams, antibiotics, antihistamines or a combination of these. People are increasingly seeking alternative treatments due to concerns about the side-effects of these medications, which can include atrophy, or thinning, of the skin.
It is estimated that one in five children and one in twelve adults suffer eczema in one form or other, ranging from mild to severe. The Bristol Homeopathic Hospital has recently released findings from a study which shows that 82% of patients under 16 years of age reported feeling better or much better following homeopathic treatment for their eczema.
Usually, constitutional treatment is the best way to treat eczema homoepathically. This involves a consultation with your homeopath where they will ask you all about you, medical history, family history etc. to determine the most appropriate remedy. This can be more difficult in the case of small children and babies where they cannot speak to describe how they feel. In this case, the parent/carer will provide the history & details to the homeopath.
Although there are close to two hundred remedies that can treat eczema, there are a handful that proves more common than others in their frequency. Here is a short list of those remedies that may provide relief to the symptoms being experienced.
Where there is oozing of thick and sticky discharge from the eruptions. Patients are more likely to be sensitive to the cold weather. The skin is rough and hard. In unaffected areas, the skin is dry.
Eczema with small blisters and intense itching. Blisters weep a watery fluid when scratched and turn to cracks when dry. Eczema in eyebrows and hairline.
Rough, Dry skin with a tendency to crack, Itching blisters in bends of elbows, Bran-like coating on the skin.
Eczema that burns and itches. Rough, scaly skin. Must scratch until the skin is raw. Scratching improves he itch however this worsens as the skin heals.
Intense itching. Scratches until the skin bleeds. Itching that burns. There may be discharge from the skin which has an unpleasant odour.
(Please bear in mind that this is a guide only and is not intended to replace a constitutional prescription from a homeopath).