What triggers eczema? 8 Tips for treating eczema

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Treating eczema at times is hard to deal with. In addition to infants and babies, eczema can also affects teens and adults. It is possible that some people will be able to overcome this condition. In most cases, this is the long term skin condition that flares up periodically. Eczema is a skin condition in which the body develops patches on the skin that can be itchy, dry, red, inflamed, cracked and rough.

In spite of the fact that a lot of research has been done, a cure has not yet been found. Few medications or creams can help reduce inflammation. Some home remedies can soothe the skin and make it better. It must be noted that eczema can be triggered by some foods too. Avoiding them will help a lot.

By the end of this read, you will find a few tips and tips that will help in preventing and reducing eczema to some extent.

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Types of eczema:

There are 7 most common types of eczema. Each of which has a different trigger and diverse symptoms.

Atopic dermatitis:

This is the most prevailing type of eczema. Usually outgrows by adulthood. Many people often suffer from hay fever and asthma along with atopic dermatitis (usually referred as a triad).

Common symptoms include: Rash (Elbow, knees, scalp, cheeks), dryness, inflammation, lighter or darker skin. thicker skin at times, small bumps

Causes: Skin’s weakened protection against irritants, allergens. Genetics. Immune system issues 

Contact dermatitis:

This happens when your skin comes into contact with irritants, as the name implies. It can be either allergic contact or irritant contact dermatitis.

Common symptoms include: Burning, itching, redness, sting, inflammation, bumps, blisters, leathery skin

Causes: Latex, metals, bleach, chemicals in personal care products, paints, poisonous plants, solvents

Stasis dermatitis:

In this type, fluid flows out of weaker veins into your skin.

Common symptoms include: Heavy legs, redness, varicose veins, leg swelling, itching, pain

Causes: Blood flow complication in the lower legs

Dyshidrotic eczema:

Usually affects fingers, palms, hands, toes and feet. Seen more in women as compared.

Common symptoms include: Fluid blisters, irritation, itching, redness, pain, scaly patches

Causes: Stress, allergies, constant wetness, metal exposure


More or less similar to atopic dermatitis. It affects arms, forearms, wrist, legs, head, feet’s sole, neck, scalp, genitals.

Common symptoms include: Hard skin, redness, itchy, scaly patches, inflammation

Causes: Stress, localized itch maybe due to insects

Hand eczema:

As the name suggests, this type of eczema affects only hands.

Common symptoms include: Dry, Red hands, itching, cracks, at times blisters, irritation

Causes: Frequent exposure to chemicals in any form

Nummular eczema:

Nummular eczema can be easily differentiable from the other types because of its formation. The coin shaped patches occur in different parts of the body, especially legs, and seem to be prone in men.

Common symptoms include: Coin shape formation, itchy, dry and scaly

Causes: Allergic reaction, insect bite, dry skin

Some common symptoms of eczema:

The symptoms of eczema may vary according to age. These symptoms helps in treating eczema. Though there are not many differences but can be noticeable.

General: Mild severity. Itching. Dryness. Redness. Scaly skin. Weeping sores. Infections if scratched frequently.

Skin colour: People whose skin tone is not white usually have eczema rash in brown colour. Light or dark patches. Hyperpigmentation.

Infants (below 2 years): Itchiness, dryness, boils, rash on cheeks, scalp and chest, redness, sensitive skin

Childhood (above 2 years): Usually overcome as the child gets older. Small bumps, itching, thick skin, rash on necks, legs, wrists, creases of buttocks, elbow and knees, light or dark rash, redness

Adults: Dry skin, infections, redness, extremely itchy, rash cover the whole body, scaly skin, irritated skin, eczema on eyelids and hands, patches, cracked skin, inflammation, bumps, blisters, thick skin, skin more prone to infections

Causes of eczema:

The absolute cause of eczema is quite unidentified. But it is alleged to be triggered by some environmental, genetic, atopic conditions.

  • Some specific foods
  • Stress
  • Hormones
  • Genetics
  • Extreme temperature conditions
  • Overactive immune system
  • Allergens
  • Irritant chemicals (personal care and others)
  • Sweating
  • Scratchy material

Home remedies:

Home remedies will help in alleviating the inflammation and are not complete treatment. Treating eczema completely is quite not possible. Please make sure to do a patch test before applying anything.


Clean and moist skin is an important routine to follow while treating eczema. This is important to avoid infections. But if not taken proper care while bathing, eczema can be worse.

Do’s: Use lukewarm water, follow 10-15 minutes of bath time, apply moisturizer within 3 minutes after patting dry, use mild body care products

Don’ts: Avoid harsh scrubbing, usage of to much of soap, usage of extreme water temperatures, Harsh cleansing or cleaning products

Aloe vera:

Aloe vera helps in soothing the skin. This is considered as one of the effective remedy in treating eczema as it’s natural. It also helps as it has antimicrobial, antibacterial and wound healing properties. It also prevents infections. Take some amount of pure aloe vera gel. Apply it to the affected areas. Gently massage until it blends in the skin.

Coconut oil:

Coconut oil helps in protecting and retaining skin hydration with the help of fatty acids present in them. It works well for inflammations as it has anti-inflammatory properties. Apply virgin coconut oil to the affected areas after bathing and before bed too. You can also apply and massage it slightly whenever your skin feels dry.

Apple cider vinegar:

The National Eczema Association states that apple cider vinegar helps with treating eczema skin condition when used with caution. It helps by fighting bacteria and balancing skin’s acidity levels. It is most important to DILUTE apple cider vinegar before using it. Mix 1:1 ratio of water and ACV. Lightly dip the cotton swab into it. Apply it on the affected areas. Cover it for an hour or two. Rinse well. Pat dry and moisturize.  Avoid contact with cuts, bruises, eyes and intimate areas.


Honey has natural moisturizing properties. It works as a natural emollient. Moreover, it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties too. Also, it helps in healing the wound faster. Few studies have shown that it also boosts immune system function. Take a suitable amount of raw unprocessed honey. Apply to the affected area. Rest it for 20-30 minutes. Rinse well.

Bleach bath:

Bleach is effective in killing the harmful bacteria. In fact, few studies have shown that although it may feel dangerous it actually helps in improving eczema symptoms. Use lukewarm water in the process. In a bathtub, add half a cup of regular strength bleach (6%). Mix it well. Soak in for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Pat dry and moisturize well. If discomfort or irritation occurs immediately terminate the process. Avoid contact with eyes. Also, it must be noted that people suffering from breathing problems must avoid this remedy.


Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties. It helps in improving skin dryness by maintaining the skin moisture. Also, it helps in making the skin soft and reduces the intensity of itching. For eczema colloidal oatmeal is used. It’s the form of oats which are ground and boiled. This process extracts the skin healing properties of oatmeal. It’s easy to use. Just add 2-3 spoons of colloidal oatmeal in the warm bath. Soak for 10-15 minutes. Rinse well.

Essential oil:

Tea tree oil is used for most of the skin treatments. It has good antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also heals the wounds faster. Moreover, it reduces the eczema symptoms by moisturizing the skin and reducing the risk of infections. Make sure to DILUTE any essential oil before use. Mix tea tree oil in coconut, almond or olive oil. Apply to the affected parts. Rest it for about 15 minutes.

Few tips for eczema babies and children:

Extra care must be taken while treating eczema in babies and children as their skin is quite sensitive and may react quicker.

  • Use mild, chemical free moisturizers
  • Oat’s bath is generally safe for babies. Care must be taken for sensitive areas.
  • Avoid bathing the babies frequently
  • Make sure baby gets enough air flow when covered
  • Avoid tight clothing
  • Use mittens whenever required
  • Use chemical free baby care products
  • Fragrance free and alcohol-free wipes must be proffered
  • Extra care must be taken in extreme weather conditions

How to prevent eczema?

Eczema sufferers can do a number of things to improve their skin’s health and lessen symptoms.

  • Moisturize daily (twice or thrice or whenever dryness occurs)
  • Avoid going near strong heat sources
  • Use lukewarm water for bathing
  • Limit the bathing time
  • Dry yourself well
  • Reducing stress
  • Avoid scrubbing and scratching
  • Identify your triggers and avoid them
  • Cut fingernails often
  • Use gentle skin care products
  • Avoid chemical products
  • Avoid tight fitting clothing
  • Wear soft cotton clothes
  • Take extra care in winters
  • Clean yourself thoroughly when sweating a lot
  • Avoid dust and mites too

What to eat and what to avoid:

Eczema in some people can be triggered by certain foods. Some foods provoke the body to release certain immune system compounds that cause inflammation thus, inducing eczema.

Foods to eat:

Anti-inflammatory foods must be included in the diet.

Berries: Contains antioxidants. Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries. Cherries too can help.

Fish: Rich source of omega 3 fatty acids. Salmon, sardines, mackerel, tuna

Vegetables: Great source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Broccoli, spinach, kale, peppers

Probiotic rich foods: They promote good bacteria in the gut.  Kefir, kombucha, yogurt, fermented foods, cheese, buttermilk, kanji, sauerkraut. Moderation is important.

Foods to avoid:

Well, you might love some foods that are mentioned below but that can be the cause of eczema triggers. Make sure to eliminate the foods that trigger you. Try one food at a time for 6-8 weeks to understand what triggers your eczema. Above all, this is an important step to be followed while treating eczema. Either one or a combination of foods can activate or worsen eczema.

Some common food triggers:

  • Gluten
  • Soy
  • Nuts
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Citrus fruits
  • Tomatoes
  • Vanilla
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon

It is often seen that people suffering from dyshidrotic eczema get triggered by foods that contain nickel. Some of these are –

Eczema in some people can also be evoked by some birch pollen. This means they might have allergy to-

  • Pears
  • Hazelnut
  • Carrots
  • Green apples

Extra: Why does eczema get worse at night for some people?

There can be multiple reasons for the same. Fading of the remedies or medication done during the day time, scratching more in sleep, stress, environmental disturbances, few reactions or decrease in body’s temperature can be some of the reasons.

  • To avoid eczema to get worse at night try these tips –
  • Avoid triggers before bed (Best ways)
  • Keep yourself well hydrated and moisturized before bed
  • Meditate or release stress
  • Bathing or medicated baths before bed (Followed by moisturizing immediately)
  • Use clean sheets and do not use harsh fabrics
  • If you feel a bit scratchy before bed, wear gloves and sleep
  • Keep the surrounding clean and cool
  • Try wet wrapping

Eczema has no complete cure as of now. Prevention and proper care will help you reduce the eczema symptoms and make your life easier.


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Common Home Remedies for Boil

Boil is a painful, pus filled lump under the skin caused by an infection in an oil gland or hair follicle. As kids have sensitive skin and their immune systems are still developing, this makes them more prone to infection. It is our responsibility to keep the kid’s surrounding hygienic, infection free and kid’s skin cool to save them from boils. What are the causes of boils? The infection that causes boils commonly occurs because of bacteria called staphylococcus (STAPH) that can invade our skin. When we get a cut or bite, the bacteria makes its way into the body through small cracks on the skin or from hair folic. Some home remedies for boil are really effective to treat it at initial stage.

Usually boils are not a serious problem. But, if infection spreads your child may feel sick or get fever. This is the time you should take your child to the doctor. Boil start as red lumps and gradually the lump becomes tender and filled with pus and then turns white. The formation of pus can make the boil quite painful. It can appear anywhere on the body but they are most common on the face, neck, armpit, thighs, shoulders and buttocks, around the ear and nose and sweaty areas. Kids also tend to get some on the knee. Boils can be observed in any healthy kid, but children with low immunity, existing skin infection and those who suffer from frequent insect bites are at a higher risk.

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  • Poor hygiene
  • Poor food intake or poor nutrition
  • Weaker immune system
  • Exposure to harsh chemical
  • Hair folic infection caused by a staph bacteria
  • Iron deficiency
  • Friction from tight clothes
  • Eczema (home remedies to dryness)


  • Boil lasts for two weeks or more
  • When boil become very large
  • If boil is painful
  • When your baby suffer from fever or feel unwell
  • Recurrence of boil
  • Boil appearing on the face or spine
  • Spread of Redness around skin of boil

Nutritious diet is the solution to every health problem. Zinc is an important mineral for boosting immunity and is essential in the treatment of boils. Introducing Iron rich food in your kid’s diet can also help them in fighting against boils. Food rich in Iron are: beans, spinach, dry fruits, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, broccoli and fish etc. (Iron rich food recipe). Below is the list of Home remedy for boils.


Warm compress 

This is the most effective home remedy for boil. Keeping warm, wet cloth on the boil for 20 minutes, 3-4 times a day can help to get relief as the heat and moisture can help the boil to open and drain. Water can be mixed with baking soda too for quick results for heat boils in babies.


It has proven medicinal properties that make it a best home remedy. The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties in it help to reduce the inflammation of the boil. You can choose to ingest turmeric powder. Add turmeric powder in milk or water and boil it and then let it cool. Taking this milk or water thrice a day can help to get rid of heat boils in babies. You can also apply turmeric paste over boil to heal it quickly. It is considered as one of the best home remedies for boil.

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Garlic with its antiviral and antibacterial properties helps boost your immunity. As a home remedy You can extract juice from fresh garlic cloves and apply on the head of the boil for 10- 30 minutes twice a day. It will help to soften the point from where it can be drained off.

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Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar can be used for many health issues as home remedy. It cleanses the boils and disinfects it. It has anti- inflammatory properties which help in reducing the redness and pain of the boils. You can apply a few drops of apple cider vinegar directly on boils and repeat this several times in a day for fast relief.

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Onions have active compounds and anti inflammatory properties that can ease the pain of a boil. Its antifungal and antiseptic properties help and prevent them from developing again. Cut a slice of onion, place it over boil and cover with clean cloth. Do this couple of times a day. When you place onion on boils, it helps to generate heat and draw pus out.

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Cumin seeds

commonly found in Asian/ Indian kitchens, it has many health and beauty benefits. Cumin seeds contain thymoquinone, which reduces inflammation and also helps in reducing pain and stiffness of the boils. It is a primary source of antioxidant, which can kill harmful strains of bacteria. Take some cumin seed and crush them, then add a few drops of water to make a thick paste. Apply this on the affected area, wash it off after dried out.

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Neem is used as a home remedy to treat many ailments. It has antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that can help to treat skin infections including boils.. It can be used to soothe the skin too. Grind a few leaves of neem with water to make a paste, now apply this on the boils and cover it with a clean cloth, this will help you to get rid of the heat boils in babies too.

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Dry skin is a common condition. There can be many reasons for dry skin on face and body of kids and it’s become important to take steps for skin care for children. At least one in 10 children have eczema, an ongoing skin problem that causes dry, itchy, red skin. Children with eczema have more sensitive skin than other people. Babies with severe eczema may also have food allergies. The most common being allergy from cow’s milk. 

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Common reasons for Dry skin ON FACE AND BODY

Bathing too often and using soap can cause dry skin and if skin is already dry it makes it worse. This happens because soap removes the layer of skin’s natural oil and makes it difficult for skin to keep moisture in.

Climate is also responsible for having dry skin. It’s especially common in winters. When the humidity level drops outside, it affects skin as water in your skin evaporates quickly. This makes your skin feel dry and tight and makes it look cracking. Skin care for children becomes more important in winters.

Genetics also plays a role in dry skin. Researchers say that dry skin can be inherited. According to a study, mutations in genes that control the production of the protein filaggrin, which plays a role in forming and hydrating the skin barrier, can cause several skin conditions and one should take skin care for children

Chlorine protects from harmful bacteria that can form in swimming pools. But spending too long in the swimming pool can be a cause for your kid’s dry skin. The chlorine in pool water can dry out a kid’s skin and make it feel tight and itchy because chlorine strips hairs and skin of the natural lubricant (sebum). Dry skin is less common in teenagers than in younger kids as the oil glands are more active in teenage years.

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Common cure for dry skin ON FACE AND BODY

There are many home remedies for dry skin one can use. Most common being oil. However, a study in 2013 found that olive oil actually damaged the skin’s barrier, suggesting not all natural oils are suitable for use as moisturizers. Below are some home remedies for dry skin also some nuts and fruits which can be applied or consumed as a part of skin care for children

  • A study in 2019 explained that soothing properties of coconut oils have positive results on dermatitis and extremely dry skin. Coconut oil acts as a sealant as it traps water into the skin and keeps it moist. It also provides key essential fatty lipids. These lipids improve the function of the skin allowing it to feel hydrated as a result. (Is it beneficial to eat coconut oil too?). Other than applying the oil for dryness purposes, coconut also contains antibacterial properties, which help to heal a rash or allergy on the skin and considered as one of the best home remedies for dry skin on face and overall body. This can also be mixed with aloe vera and kept.

One of the easiest available home remedies for dry skin is Aloe Vera. It has healing and hydrating properties and is a great choice for dry skin. However, it absorbs easily, making it ideal for oily skin too. It helps to seal moisture into your skin. According to a 2015 systematic review study, aloe Vera has antioxidant, antimicrobial and wound healing properties that may help with the symptoms of eczema (What kind of food can help with allergies?).

  • Cocoa butter can be used as skin care for children with dry skin. It is mostly made up of fatty acids. People use cocoa butter to help relieve dry skin. It is a boon for people with dry and dull skin conditions. It has the ability to nourish and hydrate the skin and develop elasticity. Mixing this with tea tree oil can give added acne solving benefits to the skin. It can also be a great butter replacement in baking goods. (A recipe for a super nutritious chocolate bar)
  • It has been used as a natural product for thousands of years to reduce skin redness and hydrate the skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties (what kind of food can help with inflammation?) It works as an antibacterial spray to help reduce acne (How to treat acne?). This is one of the best home remedies for dry skin. Preparing it at home with all natural rose flowers is the best way to get a chemical free product.
  • Loaded with fatty acids like linolenic, oleic and palmitic acid and other vital nutrients it can be beneficial for skin. It can help you to get rid of acne, scars, dull and dry skin. It increases the production of collagen and gives a smooth glowing skin. Sunflower seeds also contain substantial amounts of zinc and vitamin E which helps to protect skin cells from ageing and decaying. (Does eating sunflower seeds help too?). Based on the age of the child, consuming the seed or its powder, or applying its oil on the skin, both benefit the skin dryness levels.

Benefits of tomatoes for dry skin on face are plenty. It contains several skin friendly vitamins and nutrients that can give you beautiful and glowing skin such as lycopene and antioxidants. These can repair damaged skin cells and restore its natural, healthy glow. It also contains deep cleansing agents and corrects the skin pH levels (making it not too dry nor too oily), therefore can very well prevent dryness in skin and minimize acne. (What are other benefits of consuming a tomato every day?) Juice of tomato also reduces the sun tan from the skin apart from providing it moisturizing effect. Skin care for children is important and tomato helps in this.


The natural oils in avocado deeply penetrate the skin to nourish, soften and hydrate. Avocado is packed with vitamin A which is responsible for ensuring effective cell repair. It is a great source of biotin, which is part of Vitamin B and helps to control dry skin issues. They are factory of healthy fats including vitamin E, which are essential to keep skin flexible and moisturized. Additionally, avocado also helps to slow the visible signs of ageing. (What is an easy recipe to use avocado?) Applying avocado on the skin is a great child moisturizer (can also mix along with aloe vera). Eating helps too in skin care for children.


Walnuts have many characteristics that make them an excellent food for healthy skin. They are a good source of essential fatty acids, which are fats that the body cannot make itself. In fact they are richer than most other nuts in both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that strengthen the membranes of skin cells, locking in moisture and nutrients that keep the skin plump and glowing and keeps out toxins that can damage skin cells. Walnuts have anti-inflammatory properties which help to boost vitamin B levels that are responsible for improving your skin health and preventing skin dryness. Depending on the age of the child, feeding the nut or using its oil are options for skin care for children.


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  • Boosts brain due to high omega-3 and natural brain herbs
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