A generic term for acute or chronic inflammatory conditions of the skin, typically erythematous, edematous, papular, vesicular, and crusting; followed often by lichenifications and scaling, occasionally by duskiness of the erythema, and infrequently hyperpigmentation; often accompanied by sensations of itching and burning.
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Allergies, herpesvirus type 1, vascular stasis. Most causes of eczema is unknown. Food allergies play a large part in most instances. Frequently eggs, wheat cereals, milk and certain fruits or berries. Lack of sunshine, fresh air, and constipation may be contributing factors.
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Eczema may occur at any age but most frequently in infants. Most commonly on the face, but can appear on other parts of the body. It causes severe itching, burning, and stinging of the skin. Sometimes it begins with pimple like rash which develops into larger blisters filled with water. Usually the skin dries up and forms little scales that itch intensely. There are two kinds of eczema, dry and moist or weeping eczema. Both forms are usually worse during the winter months.
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Select alkaline foods. Bowels should be regular. Do not use soap and water for cleansing the skin; instead, use a weak boric acid solution. Using a salt solution of one tsp. to a quart of water is also helpful. Take equal parts of burdock root, yellow dock, yarrow, and marshmallow; using a heaping tsp. of this mixture of granulated herbs to a cup of boiling water, steep, strain, and drink
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- Ash, prickly
- Azuki bean
- Burdock, great
- Celandine, greater
- Flag, blue
- Fleabane, Canada (horseweed)
- Golden rod, European
- Golden seal
- Gotu kola
- Gum plant
- Heart’s ease (johnnie-jump-up)
- Hedge hyssop
- Indian hemp, black
- Indian strawberry
- Indigo, wild
- Jasmine flowers
- Jewelweed (spotted touch-me-not)
- Labrador tea
- Nettle, stinging
- Nigella sativa
- Oregon grape, wild
- Primrose, evening
- Red clover
- Soapwort (bouncing bet)
- Strawberry, wild, leaves
- Tea Tree Oil
- Valerian, Greek (Jacob’s ladder)
- Vervain, European
- Violet, blue
- Walnut, black
- Wild cherry bark
- Yam, wild
- Yellow dock
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