Categories: Health & Wellness
The first step to truly managing - and minimizing - your condition is to accept the fact that this may be something you have to manage for the rest of your life. Acceptance of the condition helps you to think more logically and also makes you less susceptible to all of those hard sell marketing claims begging you to spend just $19.95 on a wonder cream that will wipe all your worries and rashes away.
Now that you've accepted this (or you are humoring me, but at least you are considering it), breathe. You can manage this.
Our body has this amazing ability to regenerate and heal itself. A wise friend of mine constantly reminds me that in nature every problem contains it's own solution. Right about now you are wondering what does this mean and how does it relate to my child or me?
Think about a balance scale and a pile of marbles beside it. One end of the scale represents something that would be considered an insult to your immune system. The other end represents your body's natural defenses. Now consider this: it's June and you have seasonal allergies. You are very stressed out from working to hard and not sleeping enough, you are also not getting any exercise because you are tired (lack of exercise negatively affects your bodies' ability to cope with stress). This is a tough time for your immune system. With each stressor the scale begins to tip. We now know that eczema is an immune response, so each time you add a stressor to your immune system you getting closer to an eczema outbreak. All you need to do to tip the scale completely is eat something that you don't realize is stressing out your immune system and you are in full-blown eczema outbreak.
It's a vicious cycle but this is also the light at the end of the tunnel: it is a cycle - it can be broken. The key is making a commitment to figuring out what your triggers are (or your child's) and removing them from your life. Do this and you can live with minimal interference from eczema. The knowledge I will share with you I have gained from years of coping with eczema myself and finally, doing something about it.
Did you love writing in your journal as a child? If you answered yes then you will love this exercise. If you answered no, take heart, it is a very important step in understanding how you can manage eczema for yourself and your child. Journaling is a short-term task, one that helped me discover eczema triggers that I would never have found on my own. Keep a journal and take detailed notes on:
The food you eat, when you eat it and how much.
What you drink, when you drink it and how much.
How much sleep you get each night.
Your stress level each day (events in your life, big or small, can stress you without even being aware of it).
Any physical activity you do.
The products that you use on your skin, and in your environment (laundry detergent, household cleaning and fragrance items etc.)
If you can track it for two weeks that's good, tracking it for four weeks is best. Do this for your child at home as well. As you begin to track your day you will notice patterns emerging, after eating a certain food you feel sluggish, irritable, your stomach is upset etc. Be sure to note this for you and your child, these details are a key factor in determining triggers. The information you gather will help you become a partner in your own health, helping you to take control of this thing called eczema that can take over your life at a moment's notice.
Tune in next month when we will discuss how you can dissect the information you gather in your journal and apply it to your daily life to help manage your eczema, naturally.
Adrianne Watts is a natural living advocate and founder of Nurish Organics, a skin care company that focuses on creating wholesome organic skin food. She has a lifetime of experience in dealing with eczema and other health issues, naturally. Adrianne believes that sharing knowledge helps empower others to become partners in their own health. Visit her at www.nurishorganics.com or for more articles and tips on eczema and natural skin care follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NurishOrganics and twitter: http://twitter.com/EmilysOwn