Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common, chronic condition of the skin that affects many children and adults. One of the cardinal symptoms of eczema is itchy skin which can be very intense which causes quite a bit of discomfort. Eczema skin is often red, inflamed, scaly, can ooze and blister, and can develop infections.

Eczema is thought to be caused by a genetic susceptibility of a defective skin barrier combined with an increased inflammatory response. There are many healing traditions which have been treating eczema for thousands of years. Do integrative therapies such as Ayurvedic medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Naturopathic medicine provide an effective approach and treatment for eczema? We've searched the world for experts to explain how their approaches can help people with eczema.

Medical Perspectives

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Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common, chronic condition of the skin that affects many children and adults.[1] Eczema is considered to result from the combination of a genetic predisposition to a defective skin barrier and an increased inflammatory response. Patients with a personal or family history of asthma, hay fever, allergies or eczema are predisposed to developing eczema. Yet there is more to eczema than just genetics. With proper care of the skin barrier, some patients can avoid eczema altogether. Controlling the inflammation produced in eczema is key as is providing the skin with hydration and minimizing exposure to triggers. The treatment of eczema is a balance between controlling bouts of inflammation and flares and maintenance therapy to keep the eczema from flaring.

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Naturopathy

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common, chronic condition of the skin that affects many children and adults.[1]

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Traditional Chinese

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common, chronic condition of the skin that affects many children and adults.[1] In western medicine, eczema is understood as the genetically predisposed combination of a defective skin barrier and an increased inflammatory response. Imbalances of heat, wind, and Qi explain eczema according to traditional Chinese medical philosophy.

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