Dear Dr. Whimsy,
I have had eczema for a long time and I have treated it for the most part with moisturizing. I am like 90% there, but my scalp continues to be itchy and flaky. I was wondering if you could suggest a product in your store for me. I have tried T/Gel once and it reduced itching and flakiness quite a bit but I’ve been a little skeptical about using it every day. I know that those treatments become less effective over time. What do you suggest? I can come into the store as well. Thanks!
First off, thank you for taking the time to write and for asking such a great question. Eczema, also known as “atopic dermatitis,” is a relatively common skin condition that is believed to affect approximately 7% of Americans. Typical symptoms of eczema include chronic red, dry, cracked and itchy skin that can become darkened or hardened with repeated scratching. Eczema often occurs in childhood when a child is first introduced to solid foodand it is usually resolved after age 3, or it may continue to exist long into adulthood.
There is quite a bit of evidence that would suggest that food allergies play at least a partial role in developing eczema, with genetics also playing a possible role. For that reason, many naturopaths and alternative health care providers choose to run a test known as a “Comprehensive G.I Health panel.” The test can help determine what foods you may be sensitive to or allergic to. Your doctor may also check to determine if you have an elevation in the antibody IgE, which is associated with food sensitivities. You may also want to consider an elimination diet that excludes common food allergens like milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, wheat, citrus fruits, and chocolate. Many people who abstain from foods they are sensitive to for a period of 3-6 months or longer may be able to reintroduce them later on.
In addition to considering food allergies/sensitivities, consider taking omega-3 fatty acids at dosages of 3000 mg a day, as well astaking omega-6 from borage oil, evening primrose oil, or black current oil. We currently sellomega-6 oils by Jarrow, Spectrum, Udo’s Choice, Health from the Sun, and our Erewhon supplements. You might also want to add a probiotic that is rich in the strains Lactobacillus reuteriand Lactobacillus rhamnosis. Currently, Erewhon offers both strains, in the Nature’s Way “Reuteri” and Jarrow Formulas “Jarro-Dophilus EPS 5 billion,” which is conveniently shelf-stable.
For a good scalp treatment you may also think about applying coconut oil over night to your scalp for its anti-inflammatory effects. We also carry a great shampoo called “MSM,” by Ultra Aesthetics that many people benefit from.Of course, speak to your doctor before beginning any changes to your diet or before adding any supplements.
Thanks again for a great question.
Originally posted: Ask the Naturopathic Doctor: What products can I use for my eczema …