At one year old, my youngest son developed inflamed dry patches on the inside of his forearms and the back of his knees. My son would scratch until he had an open sore. He would awake in the middle of his sleep because the itch was impossible to ignore. This is a common skin condition called Eczema, also known as Topical Dermatitis. This is the itchy situation I would like to share with you and how I learned to treat it. Eczema is known for the itchy and inflamed patches of skin, and common in babies and young children, but it can appear in anyone, even during the puberty stage of adolescence or as an adult. I remember seeing our doctor about it, but he knew very little as to why it happens.
Types of Eczema
Contact dermatitis is caused by contact with irritants. Burning, itching, and redness occur. When the irritant is removed, the inflammation goes away.
Dyshidrotic dermatitis affects fingers, palms of the hand, and soles of the feet. It causes itchy, scaly patches of skin that flake constantly or become red, cracked, and painful.
Nummular dermatitis causes dry, round patches of skin in the winter months. It usually affects the leg.
Seborrheic dermatitis causes itchy, red, scaly rashes, particularly on the scalp, on the eyebrows, on the eyelids, on the sides of the nose, and behind the ears.
I researched to find that Eczema can be triggered from a number of things. One can be an overactive immune system that responds aggressively to the presence of irritants. Meaning an abnormal response to proteins that are part of the body. Normally, the immune system ignores proteins that are part of the human body and attacks only the proteins of invaders, such as bacteria or viruses. In eczema, the immune system loses the ability to distinguish between the two, which causes inflammation. More trigger-uppers can be the chemicals found in cleaners and detergents that dry out the skin, itchy materials like wool, or synthetic fabrics, raised body temperature or sweating, weather, a sudden drop in humidity, stress, food and animal allergies, and upper respiratory infections. Process of elimination would help to narrow down the specific cause.
I noticed that in the winter season was when my son’s itching was present. It then subsided around spring and was completely absent during the summer. So I changed our bath soap to a more natural soap with less ingredients. I zeroed out things like fabrics and materials because wool makes everyone itch and he wears it rarely. I even considered the irritant being a food allergy, but I wanted to wait on the eliminating of food and anything internal. I mainly focused on the external to see if the irritation could be helped. I used Hydrocortisone prescribed by our doctor, but it didn’t seem to work. My son went back to scratching within hours! After his baths I would lotion him and soon after I would have to use the Hydrocortisone. I thought, “how can I replace this product?” I remember thinking of one moment in the past when I heard someone say….. “That when stung by a bee, use honey”! Bingo! the very thing that bees produce. If honey can soothe a horrible bee sting than it should also soothe my son’s eczema. I rubbed a drop of honey onto the inside of his arms and the back of his legs after his bath. TOO STICKY! Trial and error….. Then I tried bathing, and before letting him out, I rubbed him down with honey and to replace lotion, I combined olive oil as well (to lock in the honey), letting him sit for a few minutes while playing with his toys. Then I pulled him out of the tub and damped him dry. This did the job! And I notice that he didn’t scratch! He slept normally and his skin looked relieved! Immediately his skin began to heal and he didn’t have any more flare-ups. After I spent a lot of money on tubes of Hydrocortisone that the doctor prescribed. The cheapest ingredient was the one that worked. I still repeat this treatment today. I also use a mild all-natural soap (find a verity at Whole Foods or Trader Joes), and make sure he drinks plenty of water. It’s been 1 year and he has not had an eczema flare up! All I had to do was get in-tuned with the Most High’s creation! Everything created has a purpose or even many purposes! Israel, our Father in heaven is beyond amazing, and it’s clear we should depend on him Below, I want to share some other purposes of honey and olive oil!
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
“My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:”
The darker the honey the better antibacterial and antioxidant power it has, but it doesn’t matter, honey either raw or not is beneficial.
- Anti-bacterial and Anti-fungal Properties: Bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide.
- Prevent cancer and heart disease: Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.
- Reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders.
- Energy Booster: 1tbs of honey gives you an instant boost of vitamin B12. In fact professional athletes uses this as a means of “recovery” after workouts instead of other sweeteners.
- Relieves nocturnal cough, particularly with buckwheat honey, and allows proper sleep.
Virgin olive oil is rich in oleic acid, a mono-unsaturated fatty acid, and containing several bioactive compounds such as antioxidants. It can reduces the risk of harmful disease and prevents others like;
- Heart Disease
- Blood Pressure
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Reduces obesity, Type 2 diabetes, depression, strokes, keeps heart young, and prevents breast cancer.
- Skin Moisturizer: Olive oil’s scentless and silkiness texture is perfect for a moisturizer for the skin. And even the surface of your furniture as a polisher. Even your frizzy hair (if you have) will love olive oil!
If anyone has or have had eczema and has found a remedy to treat it please share your experience! I would love to hear about it! Even sisters that have children and had to deal with a diaper rash, please share also. I am still learning as things come up when being a parent and I’m sure we can benefit form our experiences!
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