Eczema is skin condition characterized by rashes, red patches, itchiness, flaking, blisters and other manifestations on the skin. Eczema comes in different forms, such as atopic dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema or nummular eczema, and might be caused by allergies, dry skin and other factors. Nummular eczema is characterized by red, coin-shaped spots on the body. Treatments for all of the various forms of eczema focus primarily on healing the skin, relieving itching and reducing inflammation. Consult a physician before using any home remedy to treat nummular eczema.
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The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests that herbs in the forms of topical creams and salves may help treat the itching and irritation caused by various eczemas. Chamomile cream is touted as having the most promising results. Other herbs that might help with the symptoms of nummular eczema include chickweed, licorice, St. John’s Wort, witch hazel and sarsaparilla, according to the university. Herbs can cause adverse effects and interact with other medications, and should only be used in conjunction with professional medical care.
The University of Maryland states that dietary changes and nutritional supplements can help reduce the symptoms of eczema. Avoid foods that cause allergies, such as dairy, peanuts, wheat and others. Foods that cause inflammation in the body should also be avoided, such as meats, refined foods and sugar. Fish oil supplements can help, as well as Vitamin C and flavonoid supplements like catechin or quercetin. Consult with your doctor for recommendations on how to incorporate dietary changes and supplements into your eczema treatment plan.
The itching associated with nummular and other forms of eczema can lead the sufferer to engage in vigorous scratching. This might lead to infection from the microbes present on the surface of the skin. The Rady Children Hospital in San Diego recommends a bath made with a diluted bleach solution to reduce the incidence of infection for eczema sufferers by killing microbes. Fill a bathtub with about 40 gallons of lukewarm water, the amount for a normal bath. Pour ¼ to ½ cup liquid bleach into the bath water. This will make a concentration slightly stronger than a common chlorinated swimming pool. Soak in the water for about 10 minutes, rinse with fresh, lukewarm water, and pat dry and apply lotion or medication. These baths can be repeated two or three times per week or as directed by your doctor.