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The term eczema (inflamed skin) encompasses a number of red, itchy skin conditions most frequently involving the face, neck, scalp, arms, elbows, wrists, and knees. It can also appear with weepy, oozing blisters. Eczema is divided into two main types. The first type is contact dermatitis, which occurs when an irritating substance comes into contact with the skin. The second type is Atopic eczema, usually caused by inhaled or ingested allergens, such as foods, pollen, dust, or animal dander. Some experts indicate that intestinal dysbiosis (disruption of the normal bacterial flora of the gut with a disproportionately high concentration of unfriendly bacteria) can promote atopic eczema, as supplementation with probiotics has been shown to improve this condition. Conventional allergy testing and electro dermal screening can help identify allergens and sensitivities. A major part of the management of eczema is too avoid or minimize exposure to chemicals, fabrics and foods to which you are allergic or demonstrate sensitivity. Some topical steroid creams can help to clear up eczema, but they are usually not curative.

Supplement Considerations

High Potency Multiple Vitamin and Mineral

A high potency multiple vitamin and mineral should contain nutrients that support the normal development of skin cells, and enhance the efficacy of essential fatty acids in combating eczema.

Essential Fatty Acids

An essential fatty acid should contain the perfect combination of essential fatty acids to enable the body to synthesize Prostaglandin Series 1 and Series 3, which make the skin cells soft, smooth and moist, and have been shown to improve cases of eczema.

Herbal Detoxifiers and Immune Support

Herbal detoxifiers and immune support should help to suppress immune-inflammatory responses that can contribute to eczema severity.

Digestive Enzymes and Prebiotics

Digestive enzymes and probiotics should contain a full complement of digestive enzyme as well as prebiotics. The digestive enzymes improve digestions and reduce the complication of leaky gut problems. Many skin inflammatory conditions are aggravated by partially digested food matter entering the circulation and triggering an immune-inflammatory reaction. The prebiotics support the growth of friendly gut bacteria, which have been shown to improve cases of eczema.

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