Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a skin disease.
The main symptoms are redness and pruritus (itching) which may often be intense.
It is considered an Autoimmune Disease.
Eczema – how and when it appears
Many people don’t even know that when their skin may react if it comes into contact with a certain detergent, shampoo, sunscreen or even due to continuous washing of dishes or clothes.
Until it happens to them.
Eczema may manifest even because we touched a certain object, such as belt buckles or faux bijoux.
Patients with Eczema, usually also have Asthma and Seasonal Allergies.
All these Diseases are caused by Chronic Inflammations and an overactive Immune System.
Therefore Eczema appears when Inflammation is present, i.e. when our body reacts to a threat.
Eczema – Symptoms
The symptoms of a patient with Eczema are specific. The main symptom is intense itching (pruritus), but also local irritation of the area where it manifests.
Among people with darker skin, change of the skin tone may be observed at the affected area.
Among adults, the most common symptoms of Eczema are:
Red scaly areas (as if there are scales),
Smaller or larger bumps,
Edema of the affected area.
Often edema is also accompanied by leaking of transparent liquid.
Eczema in babies presents as a yellow, oily patch on the scalp, or it may also occur on the cheeks.
It usually disappears without any treatment within 8-12 months.
It is almost definite that those who had Eczema in their childhood, will have it again in adult life.
Eczema – Treatment until Now
Those who had at least once an Eczema on their body, know how disturbing, anti-aesthetic or even disgusting it may be for the others, especially when it is on an apparent spot.
What is probably not known is that the period of treatment can be really painful and unpleasant for the patient, at least the treatment applied until now.
The most well-known treatment is with the use of creams containing cortisone. These should be applied two to three times per day.
In more severe cases, oral steroids are prescribed, accompanied by the usual side effects for the liver.
The patient’s diet should have low salt and sugar content. The disease goes through remission and exacerbation periods and the patient suffers for life.
Eczema – Background Information – Correlations
What most people don’t know is that, actually, 80-85% of our Immune System is located/housed within the intestine.
This means that one of the main causes of Autoimmune Diseases, including eczema, is the intestinal tract’s poor functioning.
A health gastrointestinal system serves as a barrier. It blocks the undigested food particles, microbes, toxins and other undesirable substances from entering our body through the blood.
When the epithelial cells of the intestinal wall are damaged, the substances can “leak” into our body. Then the immune system attacks, leading to Inflammation.
The inflammatory response was caused by an overactive immune system, and it may manifest at any part of the body. As far as eczema is concerned, skin is affected.
Intestinal inflammation caused by the intestine’s leakage can also influence your skin’s protective function. This can increase the severity of inflammation, further worsening the symptoms of eczema.
Eczema – Permanent Treatment
Eczema and Exams
To provide the correct and individualized treatment for Eczema, specialized exams are performed.
These provide laboratory results for very important markers. These markers are not included in typical biochemical checkups.
Furthermore, Metabolic and Cellular profile exams are performed, if deemed necessary.
Through Micro-nutrients Protocols, which strictly define the dose, duration, quantity and combination of ingredients (formula) for each person, in order to correct structural deficiencies of nutrients and regulate the neurotransmitters.
In addition, Biomimetic hormones Protocols may be administered, if hormonal Replacement/Restoration is required. Biomimetic or Bioidentical Hormones, are manufactured in the laboratory, and they have the same molecular structure as those manufactured and used by our organism. To the contrary, synthetic hormones are deliberately different.
Eczema and Nutrition
Caution should be exercised for all inflammatory foods, yeast and bacterial overgrowth, parasites, and other irritants.
An anti-inflammatory diet, which includes fats and oils, combats inflammation in a beneficial way.
Furthermore, omega-3 fatty acids provide natural anti-inflammatory effect.
Olive oil is yet another type of fat, established that it minimizes Inflammation. This is thanks to its chemical structure, as well as due to the antioxidant Vitamin E it contains.
Proteins from lean poultry, fish, legumes, nuts and soy, help in a beneficial way in tissues formation.
Finally, carbohydrates and fibers, especially those derived from plant fibers, protect our organism.
Digestive enzymes, HCL and other ingredients that promote digestion may be equally incomplete. Enzymes are proteinaceous catalysts produced from the body itself, and they participate in chemical compounds’ decomposition through the regulation of the speed of all metabolic process taking place. Enzymes involved in digestion processes are called digestive enzymes. Digestion is a complex process, in which foods and composite nutrients are broken down into units that can be utilized by the body.
The addition of beneficial bacteria, friendly for the human organism, included in fermented dairy products and food additives (probiotics). When consumed at sufficient quantities, they settle in the digestive and urogenital systems, improving our health. Others promote vitality, while in combination maximum digestive tract health is achieved, supporting the liver and the blood to improve its natural defenses.
Eczema and Ultimate Treatment
The mean duration of treatment for Eczema, depending on the patient’s clinical status, may last from six months to one year.
The problem is restored permanently, without any relapses.
Dr. Nikoleta Koini, M.D.
Doctor of Functional, Preventive, Anti-ageing and Restorative Medicine
Diplomate and Board Certified in Anti-aging, Preventive, Functional and Regenerative Medicine from A4M (American Academy in Antiaging Medicine).