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Eczema: Lessen this skin problem's severity with a natural supplement

Dennis Sylvester Hurd/Flickr

Having eczema can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, especially when it flares up. Eczema is a condition wherein patches of your skin become inflamed, itchy, red, cracked, rough, and in worst cases, blisters may occur sometimes.

There are many types of eczema, and the most common is atopic dermatitis.

What exactly causes eczema is unknown, but there are factors that could trigger the condition such as soaps and detergents, wool, skin infections, dry skin, low humidity, heat, sweating, or emotional stress.

Allergens such as dust mites, pollen, molds, and certain types of food can also cause eczema to flare up.

There is no cure for eczema, but at least its symptoms can be remedied.

Symptoms in adults are rashes that commonly appear in creases of knees, elbows, or back of the neck. These rashes could also be prominent on the face and around the eyes, but it can also cover much of the body.

The rashes can cause the skin to become very dry and permanently itchy. The rashes can also be scaly and can lead to skin infections.

Fortunately, for those who have eczema, a study has found that fish oil supplements show promise in alleviating the symptoms, according to the Daily Express.

Although more extensive studies are needed to verify this finding, there has been previous research that backed the potential of using fish oil.

One such study found a significant improvement in patients given fish oil supplements as compared to those given soybean oil.

Another study conducted over 16 weeks, saw a more than 50 percent improvement in patients given a daily supplement of omega-3 fats, which is one of the main components of fish oil supplements.

Although in that study, the patients were also given omega-6 fats, zinc, vitamin E, and multivitamins.

According to health experts, it will also help not to scratch the affected region, which may be hard as eczema is really itchy.

Also, scratching can damage the skin and can cause more eczema to occur.

It may also be helpful if you know what can trigger your eczema flare-up so you can avoid it.

Although having eczema may not be nice to look at, your family and friends do not have to stay away from you because the condition is not contagious.

Image credit courtesy of Dennis Sylvester Hurd/Flickr

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