Have you heard of the Dead Sea Salt therapy for those suffering with Eczema and Psoriasis?
A month of swimming in the Dead Sea has proven to help sufferers immensely. At one low point, I remember looking in to going myself.
However, I knew that upon my return to N.Z.... land of the long white cloud of pollen...I would be back to itching!
So how do you deal with infected Eczema?
I'm a big believer in going natural first.
In giving your body a chance to do what it is meant to do, before heading straight to the Doctor for antibiotics.
The reason for this is multi-faceted.
1) The World Health Organisation (W.H.O?) have issued a statement saying that the overuse of antibiotics has resulted in antibiotic-resistant strains, which at this stage, there is no cure for. Frightening stuff...
2) Antibiotics kill the good bacteria as well as the bad bacteria in the gut resulting in a cycle of decreased immunity, greater chance of infection and so the cycle goes on.
But there is another way
We know that skin that is affected by Eczema is more likely to become infected because of two things
1) Eczema skin has a higher level of Staph bacteria - even in places that aren't affected by Eczema (fascinating huh)
2) Also Eczema skin is more prone to infection because of the cracks in the skin.
So what do we do?
1) Increase your immunity - do the good things that help your body to be a super dooper healthy body. Eat up those greens, keep your body alkalised (Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon in warm water) Green Veges etc, Vitamin C.
2) Keep the skin moisturised with a great moisturiser that helps to bind the skin back together as well as deal with any infections causing the itch/scratch response. The Colloidal Silver and Iodine in Gilly's Skin Balm help to deal with any infection. The deeply moisturising properties also help to help with any cracks in the skin that are making the skin more susceptible to infection.
3) Use Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics both topically and internally. Dabbing Colloidal Silver on any infected Eczema, or adding some to the bath can really help with that infection. As well, I swear by Colloidal Silver taken internally. This stuff is liquid gold and I have personally been using it regularly fo over three years for both myself and my family. Liquid Herbs made by a qualified herbalist such as Echinacea may also really help.
4) Minerals - Make sure you have adequate Zinc as that really helps with wound healing and dealing with infection.
5) Vitamin C - Lyphospheric Vitamin C is something I always have on hand for dealing with any viruses or bacteria. This is the most absorbable form of Vitamin C and has quite fascinating research.
6) If you have been on Antibiotics - I highly recommend taking a course of probiotics to repopulate your gut with good bacteria. This increases your immunity and also has research assosicated with it for helping deal with allergies.
Obviously if it is really bad, or if it is not going away, you need to visit your Doctor, but I do hope that some of these suggestions may help you to minimise and deal with any infected Eczema that you may experience.