Managing Eczema

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The year has just started, so we should be feeling relaxed and stress-free right? Unfortunately not. And as we head back to work and school, we already feel the rising anxiety. And stress brings with it a myriad of associated problems and symptoms. Physicians are under growing pressure to treat the fallout of these lifestyle challenges, which include inattention, hyperactivity and skin disorders such as eczema – and they often prescribe stimulant medication to do so.

“Medication plays a vital role in the management of these conditions, but the long-term side effects are being debated more and more,” says Cape Town-based Louise Lindenberg, a healthcare practitioner who’s known as ‘the autism doctor’. She uses conventional and alternative modalities to stimulate the body’s healing response.

Eczema is associated with intense itching

Atopic dermatitis (AD), also known as eczema almost always begins in childhood, usually during infancy. Patches of skin become inflamed, irritated, rough, and in severe cases, blisters. The skin condition is associated with intense itching and even bleeding. It alternately improves and worsens. During “flare-ups”, open weeping or crusted sores can develop.

Eczema is affected by multiple factors, including heat, detergents, body products, food sensitivities or allergies and, increasingly stress. While eczema itself is not contagious, research does indicate that it is genetically determined. A child with one parent who has an atopic condition has a one in four chance of having some form of atopic disease. If both parents are atopic, the child has a greater than one in two chance of being atopic.



Many older children and adults recognise a relationship between stressful times in their lives and a flare-up. Anger, frustration and even embarrassment can all cause flushing and itching, which in turn can result in a stress-triggered flare-up.

Luckily there is help. Research suggests that the ingestion of GLA-rich evening primrose oil may help in the prevention and management of eczema. A study, conducted by scientists at the University Hospital of Bern, Children’s Hospitals Aarau,  Children’s Hospitals Lucerne, Pediatric Practice at Rigiplatz, MaxZeller Söhne, Brunner & Hess Software AG, University Hospital of Zurich and Hospital Zollikerberg, Switzerland, found that evening primrose oil (EPO) is an effective treatment for this debilitating skin condition.



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“Efamol’s guiding philosophy for the last 35 years is that looking and feeling good on the outside starts with good nutrition on the inside,” adds Lindenberg.