DIAGNOSTIC HOMOEOPATHIC DOCTOR
Licence No.KZN00041D Practice No. 0805033 Reg No: A01252
The term eczema, or eczematous dermatitis, is used to describe several varieties of skin condition which have, however, a number of common features. The exact cause or uses of eczema are imperfectly understood. In many cases eczema can be attributed to external irritants, e.g. soaps, dyes, polishes, chemicals, plants, foodstuffs, etc. Why eczema should develop in some people - from contact with such substances is unknown, and it appears that there must be some other internal factor present which renders eczematous patients very sensitive to mild irritants. In support of this theory is the fact that various forms of eczema are associated with the allergic diseases like asthma and hay fever.
The many and various types of eczema have different individual features, but in most cases the skin lesions have the following general characteristics:
It is impossible in the space available to give more than a few of the commoner types of eczema.
The first essential is to remove any irritant which may possibly be causing the eczema. In prevention the use of barrier creams of glycerine preparations by people who continually use strong soaps or cleansing powders is very valuable. The patient's resistance must be built up and any septic focus or disease must be treated.
Local treatment is most important and the particular application depends on the stage of the eczema. In the acute weeping stage a lotion is used such as Allopathically calamine or lead lotion. These should be applied on gauze or lint and as little covering as possible used. Sedatives can be used mixed with lotion to allay the itching. In the less acute stage an oily liniment is preferred. In the chronic stage pastes are the most useful applications.
In infantile eczema soap and water usually aggravate the skin so that their use must be forbidden as far as possible.
Medicine to treat the eczema and assist with the discomfort of the skin, together with creams made, to apply to infected areas. Isotherapy medication is also a consideration.