Eczema is a common skin condition that in general can be treated well. Eczema is also called Dermatitis. There are various forms some of the most common include Atopic Eczema, Pompholyx Eczema, and Nummular Eczema (See Below, for a description of each.)
Treatment length can vary greatly depending on the individual presentation.
Atopic eczema is the most common chronic and relapsing inflammatory disease of the skin. Atopic eczema presents as dry, itchy, often red skin that is easily irritated. In some cases there vesicles and pustules may be present. Atopy refers to a predisposition to a heightened immune response to various allergens. Patients with atopic eczema may also present with allergic asthma, allergic rhinitis, urticaria, and food allergies. Atopic eczema, like other forms of eczema, can vary from mild to severe. Regardless of severity, treatment with Chinese herbs is a great option. Treatment times vary, usually at a minimum of 6- 8 weeks, but a few months is not uncommon.
Pompholyx Eczema, also called dyshidrotic eczema, is a common form of eczema that mainly affects the hands and sometimes the feet. Pompholyx means bubble which is descriptive of the main feature of this condition: the eruption of pruritic (itchy) vesicles on the fingers and/or palm of the hand. The eruptions often happen in a cyclical fashion, with vesicles bursting or drying out giving the appearance that the eczema has cleared. However, soon after another cycle can begin. For some patient, these cycles can occur simultaneously, with one part of the hand or foot clearing up while vesicles are forming in an area next to it.
Pompholyx Eczema has been known and treated effectively by Chinese Medicine for some time. Treatment usually lasts 6 - 16 weeks, with follow up visits every 2 - 4 weeks depending. Due to the cyclical nature of the disease, treatment should continue even after the skin clears to be sure that another cycle that has not yet expressed itself yet is properly treated and cleared.
Pompholyx eczema has various contributing factors ranging from excessive hand washing to being emotionally upset or being under stress. Regardless of the cause, once the disease is present the main treatment I provide is with herbal medicine.
Nummular Eczema refers to eczema which presents with discoid lesions. It often occurs without any known allergies, distinguishing it from Atopic Eczema. Some consider Nummular Eczema to simply be a secondary condition and not a condition in its own right. Regardless of its categorization, treatment with herbal medicine will be effective for many.
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