No one understands an itch like a person who suffers from eczema. There are many products available from a grocery store or pharmacy that you can purchase to help relieve the stinging itch of eczema. As well there are stronger products that will fight the eczema itch but these cannot be obtained without a doctors prescription.
The good news in all of this is that there are many natural remedies that can be made right at home or purchased from an alternative health store that can bring you some relief. Lets take a closer look at some of these natural alternatives for that awful (ouch!) itch.
First of all remember that eczema is less likely to flare up and be intolerably itchy if you keep it well hydrated. This means moisturize your skin faithfully twice a day, morning and night, and more often if you feel the need is there. The best type of moisturizer for an eczema sufferer is an emollient.
An emollient is simply a moisturizer that is oilier in its consistency than a regular moisturizing cream or lotion. Emollient can also come in the form of emollient oils that can be added to a bath or applied to the body while you are in the shower. In the summertime store your emollient in the refrigerator so it is extremely cooling to the skin when you put it on.
One natural remedy to use in the bathtub that is very soothing to itchy skin is to soak in an oatmeal bath. It may sound strange but oatmeal is excellent for calming inflamed skin that you just want to scratch off your body. You can simply buy porridge oats from the grocery store (such as Quaker Oats) and add them to a lukewarm bath. A cup or two should be fine. The itchier you are the more water and oats you should add. If you dont want to make your own oatmeal bath, Aveeno sells one that is excellent for managing that eczema itch.
Home Made Skin Wash
Try a natural remedy skin wash to control the itch of eczema. Mix these ingredients together in a bowl- one-teaspoon of comfrey root, one-teaspoon of white oak bark, one-teaspoon of slippery elm bark and two cups of water. Then boil the concoction for thirty-five minutes, allow it to cool and then wash the affected areas of your skin with it. While it might not completely get rid of the itch it should go along way in improving it.
Lotions that are made out of blueberry leaves are very good at relieving the inflammation of eczema and at improving the irritation that accompanies itching. Taking zinc pills orally as well as applying them directly to your itchy skin should help a lot, as should taking shark cartilage tablets or capsules on a regular basis. Vitamin E has been proven to be one of the best vitamins for fighting eczema itch, as it is very soothing to the affected area.
However always read labels carefully and never buy synthetic vitamin E and the body cannot process the artificial form. In order to know the difference on labels, synthetic vitamin E always has a Ã¢â‚¬Å“dlÃ¢â‚¬Â instead of a Ã¢â‚¬Å“dÃ¢â‚¬Â before its description. For example, synthetic vitamin E would look like this: dl-alpha tocopherol while genuine vitamin E would look like this: d-alpha tocopherol.