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The skin becomes inflamed, develops a persistent itchiness, often with blisters and then form dry scabs and a crust. It usually strikes during childhood and clears up after puberty. The two most common forms of ezcema are: contact ezcema – caused by reactions to anything from rubber shoes to metal watch straps and, atopic ezcema which usually affects people with a family history of asthma or hay fever. To relieve skin irritation, try putting sodium bicarbonate in warm bathwater.
Persistent itchiness, blisters on skin, dry scabs, skin irritation.
For all types of ezcema, a doctor will probably prescribe a corticosteroid cream or a course of antibiotics to help heal the skin. Or, he may send the patient to a dermatologist. Some doctors believe that ezcema has also psychological causes. Example, unhappy marriage, or unpleasant atmosphere at work.
An ancient Chinese therapy, patients are treated by sticking needles into their skin at particular points. These acupuncture points lie along invisible energy channels called meridians. The needles are said to unblock a flow of energy (called Qi) through the meridians. More Info
Treating illness with highly concentrated oils extracted from plants is known as aromatherapy. These highly scented extracts-called essences or essential oils-contain the substances that give plants their smell. Aromatherapists believe that many also have medicinal properties. More Info
Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info
The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info
Reflexologists treat diseases in parts of the body they claim to be related to reflex areas. It is thought that illness occurs when energy channels in the body are blocked, causing damage to one area or another. Massage is aimed at destroying these blocks, allowing the energy to flow freely again and so heal the damage. More Info