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Beyond Steroids - Integrative Approach to Dermatologic Complaints - Integrative approaches to eczema and psoriasis

Pearls for skin conditions:

Eczema

Look for and eliminate triggers: heat, wool, stress, foods (milk, peanuts, eggs, soy), dust mites, fabric softeners, etc.

Probiotics during pregnancy and to newborn can help prevent; may also be helpful as a treatment
Increase omega 3s - cold water fish, nuts, flaxseed, and greens, as well as DHA
Mind-body interventions, like guided imagery, can be helpful as well
Bleach bath - soak in a bathtub with 1/4 cup bleach in the water a couple times a week
Moisturizers with ceramide are particularly helpful

Topical hyperforin, chamomile or calendula cream
B & T Florasone cream topically - Florasone is a homeopathic cream, made from a tincture of the cardiospermum halicacabim plant (balloon vine) can be helpful for itchy rashes, like eczema

Intertrigo

Gold Bond powder is great for general maintenance and prevention of recurrence

When very angry and inflamed:
Apply 2.5% hydrocortisone and then apply a towel soaked in (2 Tblsp vinegar in 1 1/4 C water) for 20-45 minutes daily for 5-7 days

Granuloma annulare

Address insulin resistance, etc.
Mix a few drops of organic castor oil with one drop of Vit A (A-mulsion, 10,000 IU) and apply it at night before bed

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