Herbal Medicine for Eczema
It is estimated that over 10 million people in the U.S. suffer from eczema, a skin disorder that is often difficult to treat. Although conventional treatments in the form of medications are often prescribed to relieve the symptoms of eczema, many individuals opt to use natural remedies, such as herbal medicine, either as an alternative or complementary treatment to more conventional methods.
What is eczema?
Eczema is a skin disease classified as dermatitis. It is characterized by the inflammation of the epidermis or top layer of the skin. It is often manifested in the form of small, multiple red rashes that may crack, blister, flake, scale, or ooze. Because rashes can sometimes be dry and itchy, scratching can sometimes cause them to bleed. The tearing of the skin can then lead to scarring and skin discoloration.
The first time eczema appears in individuals is when they are still infants. Rashes often appear on knees, elbows, and certain areas of the face. In many cases, this skin disease resolves by itself and fails to cause any problems in adulthood. However, eczema can persist in certain individuals, usually triggered by a bout of allergies to certain irritants such as chemicals or food ingredients. It can also appear suddenly on people who suffer from frequent stress.