Eczema is annoying and painful skin problem that affects the people throughout the world. It can affect anyone (regardless of age) and anywhere on the body causing red, inflamed and itchy patches that might swell, crack, scale and weep. As per the American Academy of Dermatology, more than 15 million people are suffering from this troublesome condition in America. Many types of eczema are there, all of them have somewhat different causes, symptoms and cures. Generally, eczema affects the area around the knees and elbows but it is also experienced around the eyes, hands, eyelids, neck and ears. Eczema around eyes is experienced by the people with weak or abnormal functioning immune system. The skin around the eyes is very sensitive and delicate, so you should treat eczema around eyes with care. If the condition is mild you can treat it with natural remedies but if it is severe you must seek medical attention.
Eczema around eyes is also recognized as atopic eczema / dermatitis that take place along with other atopic diseases. Generally, atopic eczema is experienced by infants and young children below 5 years from which 40% children show signs of improvement before adulthood. While suffering from eczema around eyes, rubbing and scratching can cause serious infections as well as will worsen the condition. Scratching can also cause loss of eyebrow hair and eyelashes. Eczema around eyes is caused by dry weather, allergies and allergic reactions and extreme changes in weather. Eczema triggers by topical steroid creams, fatigue, anxiety, dust, foods, smoking, stress and microwave radiation.
Symptoms of Eczema Around Eyes:
- Thickened, cracked or scaly skin
- Raw and sensitive skin from scratching
- Red to brownish-gray colored patches
- Itching – this can be severe, especially during night
- Small, raised bumps, which may leak fluid and crust over when scratched
Ways to Treat Eczema around Eyes Naturally:
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil application decreases the itchy feeling as well as dryness that felt around the eyes. It also alleviates the swelling, if used repetitively. Just mix 10 drops tea tree oil with 2 Tbsp olive oil or almond oil as per your choice and apply to the affected area daily. Tea tree oil has anti bacterial, anti fungal and anti septic properties. Till now there is no medical test to claim the effectiveness of tea tree oil to treat the condition, but it can alleviate the symptoms.
Moisturizers or Emollients
During eczema, the skin becomes dry so you should apply moisturizers or emollients to prevent dryness and itching. Apply them after the bath / shower regularly. You can apply moisturizers or emollients as often as you need. Never use moisturizers that have perfumes and preservatives as it can cause irritation to the skin. Don’t use soaps on the affected area.
Common symptom of Eczema is dry and itchy skin, which is also a sign of dehydration. So you must drink 8 glass or minimum 2 liters of water every day. Water flushes the harmful toxins from the body as well as keeps you hydrated.
Coconut oil is an inexpensive and good natural treatment for Eczema around the eyes. To ease the condition, apply this oil around the eyes instead of commercial eczema creams. Coconut oil prevents dryness of the skin and makes it soft. You can use this oil for treating Eczema in babies and teens also, as it is chemical free. Be sure that it does not go inside the eyes while applying.
Boil mustard oil (200 g) in an iron container and add fresh neem or margosa leaves (50 g) in it. Boil them till the leaves become black and then let it to cool. Strain the mixture with the help of a strainer and apply to the affected area 4 times a day.
Diet plays very important role in curing eczema. You must avoid certain foods in your diet, which trigger the condition. Some foods that trigger symptoms of eczema are wheat, cows’ milk, fish, eggs, nuts and soya. Also, decrease the amount of high mineral foods (ginger, onion and ladies finger) in your diet. Try to avoid salad vegetables like radish and cucumbers and fruits like watermelon, orange and papaya. Consume oils, cold drinks, nuts, spices and ice creams in moderation.
Neem is among the best remedies for eczema around the eyes. It decreases the symptoms of eczema and provides relief to you. Neem has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. You can apply small amount of neem seed oil directly to the affected skin and put a warm moist cloth above the eyes until it cools.
Camphor and sandalwood
Make the paste of 1 tablespoon of both camphor and sandalwood. Then apply to the affected area and wash after about 15 mins. You should use this paste regularly. It will improve the skin condition.
Take 1 raw nutmeg and rub it against a smooth stone with a small amount of water to make a paste. Apply this paste to eczema affected area directly. It will provide relief from itching and burning sensation.
Drink fresh tomato juice to cure this condition. You must drink the juice 2 times a day. It will cure the symptoms faster.
Zinc or Vitamin E
Applying zinc or vitamin E topically helps to decrease redness and irritation. Zinc remedy is very useful for children, as it has no side effects. You can also include zinc and Vitamin E rich foods to the diet to treat eczema.
Make the mixture of colloidal oatmeal (2 cups) and water. To make the mixture, fill up a sink with water (lukewarm) and add oatmeal. Now, dip a cloth in this mixture and rinse it. After that, apply it to your eyes.
Aloe Vera is used to treat number of skin conditions. You can apply the aloe vera gel directly to the skin. It will ease the symptoms of eczema and improve the overall quality of the skin. Many, aloe vera containing topical products are available in the market but applying aloe vera gel from the plant is the best. Aloe Vera also moisturizes and hydrates the skin.
Turmeric and Bitter Neem Leaves
Take 1 Tbsp of turmeric powder & bitter neem leaves and make paste of them. Apply the paste on the area that is affected by the eczema.
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