I get asked quite often “How do you get eczema” or “Why did I end up with eczema”. Usually these questions get asked after months or years of frustration of unsuccessfully trying to find a working treatment. As I wrote earlier, I too went with the treatment options of conventional medicine for some time, including the use of steroid creams, before I found a natural alternative that worked.

Dyshidtroic eczema on the palm of my hand

Dyshidrotic eczema on the palm of my hand

Let’s have a look at what medicine today sees as the cause for eczema and why, in my opinion, common treatment options can’t provide long term relief.

As always, this information is based on my own research and experience. I’m not a doctor so this is not medical advice. Feel free to form your own opinion :-)

If you search the internet for eczema causes or speak to a dermatologist, you’ll most likely find that whilst the exact cause is unknown, it is assumed that atopic dermatitis (the most common form of eczema) is caused by an allergic reaction. Allergy triggers can vary and range from soaps, creams, cleaning products, food and sweat (in my case). One of the recommendations to improve eczema symptoms is to limit exposure to whatever causes the allergic reaction. The symptoms such as an itchy rash or dry flaky skin are then often treated with steroid creams and ointments.

This is where it gets a bit controversial. I agree that it makes perfect sense to avoid whatever causes your eczema to flare up. But this of course isn’t always practical. You’ll still need to shower and wash your hands, the house still needs cleaning, I’ll always sweat in summer, etc.
Also, I am not a big fan of merely treating the symptoms rather than the cause of the actual problem. Yet, this is exactly what modern medicine seems to be doing by prescribing steroid creams. These creams have side effects that increase the longer you have to use the creams – which could be a life time, unless you treat the actual eczema cause.

Now, if modern medicine tells us that an allergic reaction is the likely cause, why don’t we try to treat the cause, rather than the symptoms (itchy rash, etc)? And by that I don’t mean avoidance of the substance that causes the allergy.
An allergic reaction, simply speaking, is your immune system overreacting to one or more foreign substances trying to protect the body. This is not just the case in eczema sufferers. Other examples include hay fever sufferers and even certain inflammatory diseases have been linked to allergic reactions caused by hyperactive immune systems.

Some research suggests that the types of food we eat influence our immune systems. Most of us would have taken vitamins and herbs to boost our immune system to try and prevent or fight of a winter cold.
What if we can also influence the response of our immune system to foreign substances by the types of food we eat and how we choose to prepare our food? If we could keep the immune system from “being on edge” all the time, and avoid allergic reactions by changing the way we eat, we may actually eliminate the cause of eczema and be able to permanently cure it.

The link between certain foods, allergic reactions that can cause eczema and how you can improve your eczema symptoms by choosing what you eat is exactly what is described in the Beat Eczema Guide. I followed the advice provided in the guide and it has done what no medication was able to achieve before then – get rid of the eczema on my fingers.

Click here to discover the Beat Eczema Guide