So today, I’m going to talk about the importance of treating the root cause of eczema — as opposed to the symptoms. Eczema is a HUGE condition. An estimated 35 million Americans alone are currently affected by eczema or atopic dermatitis, and this number is growing in many other countries. For most of these individuals, this is a chronic condition that requires a constant cycle of various medications, creams, and steroids in an attempt to get rid of these inflamed, itchy, and dry patches of skin. While they may eliminate the condition for a short period of time, it will flare back up. There is one simple reason for this. The medications they are taking are only meant to mask the symptoms. They do not treat the root cause of the eczema.
The Only Way To A Cure
Until you determine and treat the root cause of your eczema, you can be certain that you will continue to suffer from flareups on a routine basis. However, finding the root cause gives you the opportunity to end this cycle. Tests may indicate that you need to eliminate certain foods from your diets. Allergies are also common causes of atopic dermatitis.
Additionally, contact eczema breakouts may stop after certain fabrics, chemicals, metals, or more are eliminated from your environment. The simple act of addressing the root cause may end your constant flareups and allow you to live the rest of your life without ever having another scaly, red rash.
However, there are other reasons to focus on treating the root cause. Many people are not aware that the treatments for eczema can have damaging effects on your health when regularly taken. For example, topical steroid creams and ointments are the most common treatments for an eczema flareup. This is because they tend to be very effective at eliminating the symptoms. However, long-term use of topical steroids has been shown to lead to insulin resistance, which can lead to pre-diabetes and the development of type 2 diabetes. Additionally, topical steroids suppresses your body’s immune system making you more susceptible to bacterial or fungal skin infections. Finally, in an ironic turn of events, long-term use of steroids will cause eczema to worsen over time.
Avoiding Nasty Side Effects
Other medications, considered “miracle drugs” when first made available, also have associated risks. Protopic® and Elidel® were developed without the inclusion of steroids in their chemical makeup. This was great because sufferers could effectively clear up flareups without the side effects associated with steroids. There is only one problem. In 2006, both medications were given a “black box” warning by the FDA. This is the highest warning level a medication can carry and remain on the market. This warning was issued because a possible connection to cancer was identified with these two medications.
It is time to eliminate your eczema once and for all. All of these medications can be avoided if you identify and address the root cause of your eczema. Furthermore, you can actually stop the vicious eczema cycle (and get rid of eczema for good) simply by treating the root cause. It is important for your overall health that you discuss with your physician what steps need to be taken in order to determine the cause of your eczema.