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Pia Asa

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Is salt water good for eczema?
« on: 31/10/2008 23:08:47 »
Pia Asa asked the Naked Scientists:

Hi there,

A friend said the other day that they were on a holiday up North in Australia and her busband spent the whole holiday swimming in the hotel salt water pool with the kids.  Apparently it cured his eczema!  Is there some scientific basis for this?  Should someone be manufacturing creams with salt in them?

Thanks, Pia.

What do you think?

blaze

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Is salt water good for eczema?
« Reply #1 on: 01/11/2008 02:02:49 »
I was diagnosed with eczema and later learned my eczema was an offshoot of several vector-borne infections (Lyme was one). So the salt water might have treated an underlying infection, not to mention the benefits he got from the sunlight, if he was outdoors.

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« Reply #2 on: 05/11/2008 03:28:49 »
there are all different causes of eczema, and i'm no doctor but i think they all need different treatment. my baby and i both have it, but when it shows up i just whip out my hydrocortisone cream and it's gone in a day or two. my dad has all kinds of perscriptions and it barely goes away...so i don't think that would work for everyone, but it might!

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« Reply #3 on: 07/11/2008 18:19:53 »
Salt tends to have a drying effect on wounds. This should help to heal them. The problem with eczema is that the healing process has a habit of going too far thus damaging the healing it has just done and opening up the wound again. I can watch this happening with the eczema I have on my big toe knuckle. I doubt salt water on its own would cure it but certainly having it open to fresh air and sunshine (vit D) certainly helps. More zinc in the diet is also helpful so get eating your seeds. A lot of eczema is caused by diet. Dairy products in particular. I have contact eczema which is on the contact points on my body such as elbows, knees, tops of feet and toes. I did cure most of it with hydrocortisone in a high dose but still have flare ups in certain places. It went completely when I was pregnant because I was taking multivits and minerals. I am obviously short of something!

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« Reply #4 on: 15/07/2009 21:02:44 »
u coudl try dead sea salt its awesome for eczema, we have been using it at home in the bath, it is great, stay in for 20 minutes and use at least 1KG in each bath we have friends with a swimming pool that is saline instead of chlorine and its also good but dead sea salt is much stronger.
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« Reply #5 on: 24/05/2010 10:34:00 »
There are many types of eczema & different eczema treatments for it. I am not a doctor but have a bit knowledge about it.



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« Reply #6 on: 20/08/2010 09:11:36 »
Salt water has not been identified to be a contraindication to eczema. Only pool water does because of the chlorine content that tends to keep the skin overly dry thus further exacerbates the symptoms.

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« Reply #7 on: 20/08/2010 13:29:18 »
Eczema is a curious beastie. Some types are exacerbated by stress. Was it the vacation or the salt water pool, or something else? In your husband's case it worked...this time.

What does the dermatologist say? That's your best bet for a cure.

But if you want a fun treatment go to Window Rock, Arizona and see if you can get one of the Navajo singers to put on a "sing" for you. An "enemy way" or "blessing way" sing lasts several days and nights..sweat baths, sand painting, chants..by Godfrey, when it's over you'll know you got treated for something.

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« Reply #8 on: 25/08/2010 07:52:04 »
I've had eczema all my life-along with skin allergies.i cringe thinking about the times i was made to get in the water at the beach-or the epsom salt bathes i was subjected to as a kid.i think the salt was just for cleansing and drawing out the redness and keeping infection away. I found as i got older most of the soaps and lotions that were recommended for me all contained ingredients i was allergic to(lotions with lanolin or a lanolin derivative etc) and had been contributing to my skin rashes as a child.Lanolin comes from wool from what i understand and i was allergic to it yet the same doctor/allergist was giving my mother eucerin cream to slather all over me-it makes me mad to this day that most dermatoligists do not think to consider allergies before recommending health products.the only soap i have had luck with is basis soap.curel hypoallergenic lotion is pretty good; cornhuskers lotion and aquaphor also;

 

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