Skin disease is fairly common and most of us have suffered from at least some common skin disorder, irrespective of how healthy we are. Skin disorders even if not serious can cause considerable discomfort. Eczema or dermatitis refers to a group of conditions which affect the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin. The skin is inflamed and irritated in eczema’s. Some varieties are;
- Atopic dermatitis – The most common type of eczema which often runs in families and there is a genetic factor involved in acquiring it. It causes intense itching, restlessness, lack of sleep from itching, thickening, scaling, bleeding and discoloration of the skin from constant scratching. Flare up’s and remissions may occur. Some of these patients also suffer from hay fever or asthma.
- Seborrheic dermatitis – This kind of dermatitis manifests as dandruff due to scaling of the skin and itching.
- Contact dermatitis – It can be caused either by direct contact with toxic irritants causing irritant contact dermatitis or by exposure to allergens causing allergic contact dermatitis. The skin again is red, itchy, sometimes blistered and ulcerated with considerable irritation.
- Nummular dermatitis or discoid eczema – It presents as red, itchy, coin shaped scaling lesions on the arms and legs, sometimes also on the trunk.
Homeopathy became popular in treating chronic diseases due to a high success rate in treating skin conditions like eczema’s. In my experience I have seen many cases suffering for years with eczema where no further relief is possible with traditional treatment notice huge improvements from Homeopathic treatment. The relief obtained from Homeopathy maybe slow or rapid depending on how chronic the condition is, with no side effects. Such skin conditions, based on how severe they are can also affect the physical, emotional and socioeconomic well being of the person. Children who develop eczema’s may feel frustrated, sad and left out from their peer groups. Classical Homeopathic treatment addresses the mental and emotional aspects too and helps in improving the overall health of the individual.