Treating Eczema With Alternative Care

Because conventional medicine does not offer a cure for eczema, many individuals have turned to alternative care and nutrition. Whether these treatments work for eczema is not known because all the reports are anecdotal. The following are alternatives available for individuals with eczema:

Nutrition and Dietary Supplements: There are many food products which can cause allergic reactions and it is important to keep a diary. The most common foods associated with allergy include peanuts, milks, fish, eggs and soy products.

To avoid allergy one should try and eat fruits, vegetables and food rich in whole grains

Gamma linolenic acid: There are claims by the nutrition industry that eating a diet rich in essential fatty acids can decrease eczema. Anecdotal reports indicate that taking supplements of primrose oil which contains essential fatty acids relieves eczema. However, these results are not universal and many individuals claim no improvement.

Probiotics: There has been a big hype about taking Probiotics like lactobacillus to treat many medical disorders, including eczema. The Probiotics maniacs claim that there are tons of "bad" bacteria in the gut and Probiotics can kill the "bad" bacteria and leave the good bacteria alone. So far, all this is speculation and there are no scientific studies which show that eczema can be treated with any such Probiotics therapy.

Sulfur: There are reports that sulfur containing soaps can help eczema. Others suggest taking sulfur baths may help. However, all these data are anecdotal reports and there are no large clinical trials done so far.

The herbal and nutrition stores sell zinc compounds for the treatment of many medical disorders including eczema. There is zero evidence that zinc deficiency is the cause of eczema and consumers of mega doses of zinc rarely get any benefit or resolution of their eczema

Miscellaneous: Selenium is touted to be a potent anti oxidant and often sold for eczema among other medical disorders. Todate, it has shown no benefit in the treatment of any condition. Selenium is still looking for a disease it can cure

Vitamins: There is trend towards vitamin Mania for every illness. At least when it comes to eczema, ingestion of vitamins does not lead to cure of eczema

The field of alternative health care is full of unproven claims. It appears that if a disease can not be cured by conventional medicine, there is always something or someone in alternative care who has a cure.

Todate, alternative care has not been backed up by much scientific evidence and all its reports remain anecdotal. In the field of medicine, word of mouth is an important way to boost the business and this is exactly where the filed of alternative care has always been headed.-make money

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