Eczema is also known as dermatitis and is a dry skin condition. It is a highly individual condition which varies from person to person and comes in many different forms, In mild cases of eczema, the skin is itchy, dry, red and scaly. It is not contagious so you cannot catch it from someone else.
It can happen at any time in one’s life, childhood being more likely and can be caused by a whole variety of things, from stress to contact with chemicals.
The usual treatment for eczema are steroid creams, these make the skin thin over time, so should be used in small quantities.
Emollients prevent the skin from becoming dry and You can apply them as often as you need, 2-3 times a day or more if your skin becomes very dry and can prevent eczema from flaring up, as can keeping cool.
Reducing stress can significantly reduce the inflammation, and hypnotherapy can help the process, reducing flare-ups too.
After a particular stressful time, I started to suffer with eczema, but it cleared up to almost nothing after about 5 sessions of hypnotherapy. It only reappeared when I went to Singapore, and the heat flared it up. On leaving the hot moist environment, the eczema calmed down again, and I only need to put emollient on one hand now, on occassions.
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