SUGAR LAND, Texas (FOX 26) - Eczema is one of the most common skin problems that results when inflammation causes the skin to become itchy, red and dry. During a visit to Origins Healthcare Center, Dr. Peter Osborne shares with FOX 26 News some natural ways to heal the problem.
"Eczema is an autoimmune disease that has a handful of very common triggers," explains Dr. Osborne. "Food, and the most common food trigger is gluten. Dairy is a common one, so is sugar. Food is a trigger. Infections can be triggers. Many kids have had so many antibiotics by a certain age that the bacteria that lives on the skin, that keeps their skin healthy, is actually damaged and they don't have a good microbe growing on their skin and that can cause eczema, as well. Then we also have another trigger -- nutritional deficiency. One is zinc and the other is Vitamin A."
Another trigger can be chemicals.
"Check shampoos, soaps, and detergents, because the child might be allergic to something he's exposed to on a daily basis," says Dr. Osborne. "What is a good treatment? You can apply aloe vera gel as a natural, soothing agent. You have to heal eczema from the inside out. You will have a limited effect unless you use steroids. The problem with that in a child is they can inhibit bone growth, they cause bone loss and they can shut down some of the organs, so if you're on them long enough, it can shut down organs."
Dr. Osborne says all of his patients feel better when they determine the triggers.
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