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Conditions - Skin - Eczema


Patrick Massey MD, PhD  ALT-MED Medical and Physical Therapy, Elk Grove Village Il and serving the Chicago area
 
Eczema is an inflammation of the outer layer of the skin.  It has been estimated that eczema affects one in nine or ten people.  Between 2001 and 2005, England saw a 42% increase in eczema…maybe as a result an increase in allergies.
 
There is strong medical evidence to indicate that eczema is the result of an allergic reaction in the skin.  Bacteria exposure seems to be very important in preventing eczema.  Exposure to bacteria may prevent the development of eczema.  Some data suggests that food allergies may play a role…especially dairy.  Recent research showed that eczema patients often are diagnosed with food allergies.
 
There are a number of medications that are commonly used for the treatment of eczema including steroids and immune modulators.  Steroids have numerous side effects, especially if used over time.  In addition, steroid use does not “cure” eczema…only masks the ongoing process.  Immune modulators can have some very serious, but controversial side effects like an increased risk of some cancers.
 
Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Eczema
 
  • Select dietary supplements have been shown to be beneficial for eczema
  • Oriental Medicine and acupuncture may be beneficial because they try to correct the underlying condition
  • Nutritional changes and dietary avoidance of specific foods may help

  • Evaluation and treatment of leaky gut syndrome (click here) can be beneficial

 

 
Let us help you…call (847) 923-0046 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Massey

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