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What is Eczema?

Eczema is an all too common inflammatory skin condition affecting over 22 million people in North America alone. The most common form of eczema is Atopic Dermatitis and is often genetically inherited from family members with a history of asthma and/or hay fever. Eczema appears mainly in children. Ninety percent of those children with eczema begin to show symptoms (flare ups) before the age of five, with two thirds of those cases showing symptoms before the age of one. Many eczema sufferers will grow out of the condition, but approximately 10-15% will continue to live with it for the rest of their lives. Although eczema can be inherited genetically, it is believed that because of our changing global environment children are developing the condition even without the predisposed genetics. Many health professionals attribute eczema to food allergies or sensitivities. These sensitivities contribute to eczema flare ups in one third of those suffering with this condition, the most common being: gluten and/or dairy sensitivity, eggs, and peanuts. It has been shown that a diet rich in vitamins and omega fatty acids aid in eczema treatment.

What Causes Eczema?

Triggers such as chemical irritants, allergens, infections, and temperature and humidity fluctuations can cause flare ups. Some flare ups can be mild in nature consisting of dry, red inflamed skin or flare ups can be severe in nature resulting in cracked, infected weeping skin. Combatting the inflammation is essential when treating eczema to keep the skin from becoming itchy and infected.

How Can I Treat Eczema?

When looking for a natural topical eczema treatment it is important to look for anti-inflammatory ingredients, but also look for ingredients with anti-microbial properties (to combat infection) and analgesic properties (to relieve pain and itch). We have carefully selected the all-natural ingredients for our SBT Seabuckthorn Eczema & Dermatitis Soothing Salve to work synergistically to reduce the symptoms of eczema naturally.

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