Pinetree Acupuncture Clinic
1.Derm+Ec (Common region)
-Clearing away heat-evil and wetness-evil
2.Derm+EcFH (The head, Facial region)
-Clearing away heat and dampness-heat, Dispel wind and remove itching
3.Derm+EcLP (The mouse, Lips)
-Dispelling wind-evil and removing heat, Reducing toxin and remove itching
-Dispelling liver and gallbladder-fire, Purging dampness-heat of lower Jiao
Eczema is a form of dermatitis, or inflammation of the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin). The term eczema is broadly applied to a range of persistent skin conditions. These include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching and dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding. Areas of temporary skin discoloration may appear and are sometimes due to healed injuries. Scratching open a healing lesion may result in scarring and may enlarge the rash.
Typical, mild dermatitis
More severe eczema
hygiene hypothesis postulates that the cause of asthma, eczema, and other allergic diseases is an unusually clean environment. It is supported by epidemiologic studies for asthma. The hypothesis states that exposure to bacteria and other immune system modulators are important during development, and missing out on this exposure increases risk for asthma and allergy
There is no known cure for eczema; therefore, treatments aim to control the symptoms by reducing inflammation and relieving itching
Medications- Corticosteroids, Immunomodulators, Immunosuppressants, Itch relief
Moisturizers- Eczema can be exacerbated by dryness of the skin. Moisturizing is one of the most important self-care treatments for sufferers of eczema. Keeping the affected area moistened can promote skin healing and relief of symptoms
Lifestyle - Various measures may reduce the amount of mite antigens, in particular swapping carpets for hard surfaces
Diet- Recent studies provide hints that food allergy may trigger atopic dermatitis. For these people, identifying the allergens could lead to an avoidance diet to help minimize symptoms, although this approach is still in an experimental stage
Alternative therapies-Sea water: there is some anecdotal evidence that salt water baths may help some children with atopic eczema Sulfur has been used for many years as a topical treatment in the alleviation of eczema, although this could be suppressive. Probiotics are live microorganisms taken orally, such as the Lactobacillus bacteria found in yogurt.
Traditional Chinese medicine: According to American Academy of Dermatology, while certain blends of Chinese herbal medicines have been proven effective in controlling eczema, they have also proven toxic with severe consequences. In Chinese Medicine diagnosis, eczema is often considered a manifestation of underlying ill health. Treatment aims to improve the overall health of the individual, therefore not only resolving the eczema but improving quality of life (energy level, digestion, disease resistance, etc.). A recent study published in the British Journal of Dermatology describes improvements in quality of life and reduced need for topical corticosteroid application. Another British trial with ten different plants traditionally used in Chinese medicine for eczema treatment suggest a benefit with herbal remedy, but reviewers noted that the blinding was not maintained, leaving the results invalid.