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ECZEMA


Eczema is a condition of skin where the skin tends to become red, itchy and inflamed. The term Eczema and Dermatitis can be used synonymously. Acute Eczema is a disease where skin rashes occur with redness, slight swelling, terrible itching, ill-defined margins, exudation/ oozing, cracking and skin flaking. In chronic cases, skin becomes thickened, leathery, and dry with fissure and scratch marks. This type of problem is very common and in most cases it can be manageable if treated properly. It’s most seen in children and infants and also in adults.
In Ayurveda, it is known as Vicharchika. Acute eczema is kapha dominant condition with lot of itching and oozing. Chronic Eczema becomes Vata dominant with presence of fissures, cracks and dryness.

Causes
The cause for Eczema are many that are mostly related to our day today living and eating habits. Contact Eczema happens with irritants like detergents, alkalies, acids, metals etc. Atopic Eczema is because of impaired immunity and genetic predisposition. Seborrhoeic dermatitis is a form of eczema that is closely related to dandruff with itchy, greasy and scaly scalp.
Too much consumption of foods that are too spicy, salty, oily , heavy or sour can lead to eczema. Too much consumption of Urad dal and Curd is also very important causative factor for eczema.Working late night, frequent late night dinners, too much of physical, mental, and sexual happenings, exercising after consuming meals and also stress can be the leading factors for causing eczema because of Vata aggravation. There is no such specific cause for this skin problem but in most cases it could be a combination of many above causes that lead to imbalance of Doshas.

Symptoms
Symptoms can be many and also can vary from person to person. It also can vary due to age, season and other conditions. The symptoms that you need to look out for are:

  • Redness on skin
  • Dry and flaky skin
  • Rough and thickened skin
  • Inflammation of skin
  • Very bad itching
  • Dark colored patches of skin
  • Rough, leathery or scaly patches of skin
  • Oozing or crusting

Treatment in Ayurveda
Eczema in Ayurveda is known as Vicharchika  and stage wise treatment is necessary to cure it properly. Initially kapha pacifying treatment has to be given with oral herbal medicines and external washes with herbal decoctions. After initial kapha shaman, vata pacifying treatment with medicines that can improve skin quality and immunity are to be advised. Improving skin quality is important to prevent reoccurrence of the disease.
Some medicines used are Aragvadhadi kashyam,Patoladi Kashayam, Kaishore guggul, gandhak Rasayana, Tiktakam ghritam, Mahatiktakam ghritam etc. Medicines should be taken under the guidance of Ayurvedic Doctors.You can take consultation with well experienced doctors at SKK Ayurveda and Panchkarma for skin treatments.
  Panchkarma detoxification treatments can be done to cure Eczema that aim at the dosha balance.

  • Vaman (Emesis therapy) for Kapha dominant stage
  • Virechan (Purgation therapy) and Rakta mokshan (leech therapy) for Pitta and Rakta prasadan..
  • Vasti (Medicated enemas) for Vata, which is for cracks and dryness

Precautions:

  • Wear clothes that are loose and also use fabric that is mild to the skin
  • Avoid use of harsh soaps, chemical based cosmetics.
  • Be gentle on your skin

Authored by Dr. RANI GUPTA

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