Eczema is a common skin condition marked by itchy and inflamed patches of skin. It's also known as atopic dermatitis. There are many etiologies and a wide range of clinical findings.
Classification of Eczema
Basically, it can be classified into acute and chronic phase. Acute eczema/dermatitis is characterized by pruritus, erythema, and vesiculation, the duration of lesion is usually days and weeks; chronic eczema/dermatitis which happened for months and years, by pruritus, xerosis, hyperkeratosis, fissuting. “Dermatitis” is used for exogenous disorders such as irritant or allergic contact dermatitis and “eczema” is more often used to demote endogenous disease such as atopic or constitutional eczema.
Acute: well-demarcated plaques of erythema and edema on which are superimposed closely spaced, nonumbilicated vesicles, punctate erosions exuding serum and crusts.
Chronic: Plaques of lichenification, scaling with satellite, small, firm, rounded or flat-topped papules, excoriations, and pigmentation or mild erythema.
What Chinese medicine can do about ECZEMA?
In Chinese medicine, we consider eczema as a disease mostly caused by toxins called wind, dampness and heat. According to the patient’s skin lesion, tongue color and pulse, we can tell what cause this eczema and we provide a customized treatment plan using both herbal medicine and acupuncture. The purpose of herbal medicine and acupuncture is help the body to cleanse the wind, dampness and heat three toxins and in the mean time they are strengthening the lung, spleen, kidney organs to help the water metabolism and stop itching. Also, acupuncture will be directly reaching the underneath of the skin lesions to help them to heal.
What can I eat to help getting rid of ECZEMA?
Watching out what you eat is important in recovering from eczema. These foods are decreasing the dampness of the body: Red bean, Coin seed, White gourd, Corn, Onion, Chinese yam, Green bean
Avoid: Alcohol, Spicy food, Crab, Shrimp, Lamb, Sticky rice, Mango