You Can Beat Eczema, No Drugs Needed

 By: Hal Hendricks
There seems to be a misconception among most eczema sufferers that to beat eczema they need to take drugs. Nothing could be further from the truth. The traditional medical profession would have you believe that there is no cure for eczema. They would have you believe that the only relief you can get for your symptoms is to take drugs, either rubbing them on the affected areas or taking them internally to suppress your immune system reaction.

The pills and creams prescribed by traditional doctors don't treat the causes of eczema; they treat the symptoms. Yes, they will moderate or perhaps even eliminate your symptoms, but if you stop taking them, the symptoms reappear.

Most of these drugs are steroids, and steroids have a bunch of adverse side effects. Among them are:
- cataracts
- glaucoma
- thinning skin
- nausea
- vomiting
- weight gain
- hypertension
- osteoporosis
- growth retardation in children

Is relief from red, itching skin worth this kind of risk? I don't think so.

To be completely honest, there is no "cure" in the sense that you can beat eczema by taking one "silver bullet" pill. However, if you want to attack the root cause of your eczema, if you want to completely eliminate your symptoms, then yes there is a "cure" that doesn't involve using drugs.

Most researchers believe that the root cause of most cases of eczema is an allergic reaction. Something has been introduced into your body that it doesn't like and it is reacting to it. In fact, it is overreacting, hence the allergic reaction. The big question is, what is it that your allergic to that is causing your eczema outbreak?

If you know what you're allergic to, simply eliminate it from your diet or your environment. Often, however, it's not that easy. You may have to take a series of allergy tests to determine what you are allergic to. A naturopathic doctor can help you with these.

When you get your allergy tests back, the results may surprise you. You may find that it is more than food items you are allergic to. Unfortunately, in the world we live in today, we are constantly exposed to all manner of toxins, from pesticide residues on our produce to cleaning products we use around our homes every day. You've been exposed to them; chances are you're allergic to some of them.

So, what do you do now? Work with your naturopath to eliminate the allergens from your diet and your home. You may be asked to do a detox cleanse to remove toxins from your body, toxins that have compromised your immune system's ability to operate at optimum efficiency. You may need to change many of the products you use around your home. Fortunately there are many natural alternatives available to you that will clean just as well and not expose you to harmful ingredients.

The next, and most obvious, step is to eliminate foods you are allergic to from your diet. While you are doing that, you might consider switching to an organic diet. Organic produce isn't sprayed with pesticides, which can leave residues that you end up eating. Organic animals are fed organic diets.

This process won't cure you overnight, but if you follow through you will realize an elimination of your eczema symptoms, and that, after all, is what "cure" is all about. With some diligence on your part and some simple life style changes, you can beat eczema forever.
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