Heal Eczema Naturally in 5 Easy Steps

Struggling with eczema? Have you tried just about everything to clear your skin, but had no results? Before popping pills or trying a new cream, seek healthier alternatives. Most times, eczema is caused by underlying conditions. Thus, you need to identify and treat its root cause, not just its symptoms. 

Remember that health starts from the inside out. Nutrition, sleep, and lifestyle habits have the biggest impact on your skin. Follow these simple steps to heal eczema naturally:

 

Balance Your Gut

Eczema is one of the primary signs of candida overgrowth. When your gut flora is out of whack, pathogens kill healthy bacteria and spread throughout the body. This causes inflammation, recurring infections, and skin disorders. You may also feel hungrier than usual and crave sugar. 

The first step to healing eczema is to address its root cause, such as candida infection. Eliminate gluten, lactose, and other allergens that affect digestive health. Drink bone broth to reduce intestinal permeability and balance gut flora. L-glutamine, marshmallow root, and amino acid formulas can help too. 

Add More Nutrients to Your Diet

Certain nutrients support gut health, which reflects positively on your skin. Zinc piccolinate, for instance, helps maintain the mucous lining of the stomach, throat, and mouth. This keeps pathogens at bay and improves nutrient absorption. Take a multivitamin or 15-40 milligrams of zinc piccolinate to heal your gut. 

Load Up on Healthy Fats

Your skin needs vitamins A, D, E, and K to maintain its elasticity and stay young. However, your body can not absorb these nutrients without dietary fat. Omega-3s are particularly beneficial. These essential fatty acids improve vitamin absorption and fight inflammation, which helps heal eczema. 

To get more fats in your diet, consume avocado, nuts, seeds, olive oil, and fatty fish. Your skin will look younger, your energy will go up, and your cholesterol levels will drop. 

Take Probiotics

Stress, poor nutrition, candida, and other factors affect gut health. When your microbiome is unbalanced, pathogens take over your gut and destroy good bacteria. This is where probiotics come in handy. 

These supplements contain live microorganisms that colonize your gut, killing fungi, microbes, and harmful bacteria. As a result, your skin becomes clearer and your immunity increases. 

Ideally, choose a probiotic with at least 10 billion active cells, such as L. acidophilus, L. rhamnosus, and Bifidobacterium lactis. If you’re struggling with eczema, take higher doses. 

Limit Stress

Chronic stress affects the amount of diversity of healthy gut bacteria. It's also a major contributing factor to inflammation, which in turn, triggers eczema. 

If you're constantly stressed, squeeze more "me" time into your schedule. Practice deep breathing, yoga, meditation, and other relaxation techniques. Get more rest and make health a priority.

As you see, eczema can have a variety of causes. Prescription drugs and ointments are pretty much useless when you’re dealing with an underlying condition. Figure out the real cause of eczema and then take the steps needed to heal yourself. 

Do all allergies lead to anaphylaxis?

Allergies

Most allergies result in a mild to moderate reaction such as swelling of lips, face, eyes, hives, itchy skin, tingling mouth, abdominal pain and vomiting. These may not necessarily lead to the severe life threatening type of allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis.

Eczema is a type of allergy

Eczema is a type of allergy

 

What Is Anaphylaxis?
Anaphylaxis is a sudden, severe allergic reaction. It's a medical emergency.
Most people with allergies never experience anaphylaxis.

 

In anaphylaxis, within minutes or hours of being exposed to your allergy trigger, your body starts a chain reaction that temporarily widens your blood vessels, which can lower your blood pressure. You may pass out. You may get hives and swelling, especially around your face and throat. You may have trouble breathing, talking, or swallowing.

This is an Epipen.  Not an apple pen, or pineapple pen.

This is an Epipen.  Not an apple pen, or pineapple pen.

 

An injection of epinephrine can delay symptoms, and if you are concerned about anaphylaxis your GP may be able to source out an single-use injection such as the Epipen for you to have handy in your first aid kit.

It is also a good idea to keep your family, friends and co-workers informed of your allergy if severe, as this may serve you well in an emergency.

In summary, allergies can range from mild, moderate to severe, where it is termed anaphylaxis.

They don't tend to cross from mild to severe but each case is different and anyone who suspects they may have an allergy or those who have already been diagnosed please book in for a tailored treatment plan.

7 tips to prevent a cold

As we know, there is no cure for the cold, and we often have no choice but to suck it up for a sniffly 4-5 days...

As a doctor in Singapore, an international travel hub, I am exposed to a huge selection of germs every day.  (And people ask me all the time how I prevent myself from catching everything!)

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How can we decrease its severity and length of illness?

At first signs of a cold, sore throat or mild sniffles, I use a concoction of

1) 2000mg Vitamin C
2) 30mg Zinc Piccolinate
3) 1000mg Echinacea root 3 hourly
4) 8 hours of quality sleep a night
5) Plenty of water
6) Plenty of relaxation
7) Plenty of laughter

Other herbs to consider are black elderberry (sambucol) which has antiviral properties, and a powerful antioxidant such as olive leaf extract.

Especially for children, we stock the ever popular Immunped which is a great tasting source of liquid zinc for our little ones aged 12 months onwards

Some trivia!

Some trivia!

If you're having persistent immunity issues, or want to talk about immunity in children do book in for a thorough consult.  

 

How healthcare is organised in Singapore

With my degree in Healthcare management I learned quite abit about the healthcare systems in the UK and can contrast this with Singapore.  Therefore I am often asked to advise and comment on the local system.

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Access is excellent, and the service is reliable wherever you go.  However, it is fragmented as we know it, and each person's experience of the healthcare system can vary widely depending on

1)  Their own perceptions of what personal healthcare should embody

2)  Their income or insurance policies.

Here's a nice little round up for those moving to Singapore, and for returning Singaporeans alike.

Everyone is different, and thus, your family doctor is well placed to help you make the best tailored choices in health and financially, in you and your family's care.

Further reading on Healthcare financing, via the LKY school of public policy, and another paper with useful numbers, from 2010.