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Eczema 101: What Is Eczema?

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So, you’ve come to the conclusion that you’re most probably suffering from eczema or you officially have a diagnosis from a physician. As difficult or painful as it may sometimes be, it’s important to remember that you are not alone. Eczema affects 10-20% of the population and chances are many in your circle of family and friends suffers with this often itchy and uncomfortable skin condition.

We want to be able to help you with all your eczema concerns or questions. If you are new to eczema, or even if you’re a seasoned pro who has read and tried it all, this Educational Eczema Series 101-104 is a must read. Make sure to click through the other posts in the series which together discuss the various types of eczema, as well as causes and natural treatments that are definitely worth trying out.

Please keep in mind that although these tips and information have worked for several sufferers, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe symptoms or have a topical infection, it is always best to seek medical advice immediately.

Prior to discussing the types of eczema that exist, it’s important to actually understand what eczema is.

What Is Eczema?

Although researchers still do not know what is eczema, studies have finally proven eczema is an autoimmune disease (1), similar to psoriasis, lupus and many other immune disorders. Eczema has also been linked to an overactive response by the body’s immune system to an irritant which can create a leaky skin barrier. With leaky skin, staph, viruses, allergens, etc., can all enter the body through the skin which in turn triggers inflammation, itchy skin, and all the factors we relate to eczema. On the flip side, eczema often seems to be triggered by what’s going on inside the body and things like the food we eat, how we digest food and if a leaky gut is present or if there is a liver imbalance, to name a few, have all been known to either trigger eczema initially or further exacerbate it.

Types of Eczema

Before pointing out typical symptoms of eczema, it’s important to define the various types of eczema.

Atopic Dermatitis

This form of dermatitis is also referred to as eczema, atopic eczema, atopic dermatitis, and dermatitis. It is most commonly seen in children and creates both dry and scaly patches on the scalp, forehead, cheeks and face. These patches can also be extremely itchy and can ooze pus in some cases. The term ‘atopic’ is used to describe a group of conditions that include asthma, eczema and hay-fever. The term atopic march refers to children who start with eczema and then as they get older also develop asthma and then hay fever/pollen allergies, but many times with eczema symptoms lessening along the way. Children with atopic dermatitis frequently follow this atopic march or progression into other allergic conditions.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

If you experience dandruff or your child suffers with cradle cap, then you or your child are actually suffering from a mild case of scalp seborrheic dermatitis. However, with a more severe condition, skin becomes sensitive, sore, itchy, flaky and even greasy. It can even cause scaling or crust on the scalp, itching and soreness behind the ears, across the eyebrows and around the nose or chest.

Contact Dermatitis

This type of eczema is caused by contact with something in the environment such as pets, dander, dust mites and more. Contact dermatitis usually affects the hands, arms, face and legs. When exposure to the irritant is ceased, the eczema should clear up eventually and not return.

Nummular Dermatitis/Discoid Eczema

This type of eczema is very distinct in that it causes skin to become itchy, red and swollen in circular patches that look like coins. It looks very similar to ringworm, so it’s always best to get checked by your medical practitioner to verify it is in fact a type of eczema.

Dyshidrotic Eczema

Small blisters filled with clear liquid identify this type of eczema. It usually occurs on the hands or feet, but can occur in other locations. It is extremely itchy and for unknown reasons, is much more common in women then men.

Hand Eczema

Although this type of eczema strictly relates to only one part of the body, the hands, it is so common that it has its own sub-type. Check out our best tips for healing hand eczema.

To learn more about other types of dermatitis, beyond eczema, make sure to check out our blog post: How to Identify The Type of Dermatitis You Have

Will My Child Out Grow Eczema?

If your child has eczema, it can be so incredibly hard to see them suffer and surely you’re consumed by wondering how you can help ease their discomfort, which we hope you’ll learn a bit more about later on in this Educational Eczema Series 101-104. But if you’ve wondered if your child will one day finally outgrow their eczema, then THIS post is definitely worth a read!

For more information on what causes eczema, make sure to check out this post with video from dermatologist Dr. Peter Lio: What Causes Eczema?

Stay tuned for next week’s post, Eczema 102: What Can Trigger Eczema?



(1) Dupilumab improves the molecular signature in skin of patients with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis. Jennifer D. Hamilton PhD. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Volume 134, Issue 6, December 2014, Pages 1293-1300.

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How to Stop Itching due to Dry Skin, Eczema, Psoriasis & Allergies

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Have you ever had skin so itchy, you couldn’t think of anything but scratching it raw? If you suffer from eczema, then you’re probably most familiar with the feeling. However, if you’re not suffering from eczema, there can be several other reasons why your skin may be itchy.

This blog post is dedicated to all things itchy! Learn how to stop itching today. Find out what other skin conditions can be causing itchy skin, as well as which products to avoid. Lastly, we’ll share some natural treatments that will ease your itchy skin and decrease scratching.

Please keep in mind that although these tips and information have worked for several sufferers, I am in no way a medical professional. If you’re experiencing severe symptoms or have a topical infection, it is always best to seek medical advice immediately.

What causes itchy skin?

Dry Skin

Aside from more severe skin conditions, dry skin is usually the main factor that contributes to itching. Although there are many similarities between dry skin and eczema, there are several differences as well.

The biggest factor in determining whether you have eczema or just dry skin is understanding what may cause your itchy skin. Normally, dry skin occurs when the outer layers of skin become damaged due to the sun, exposure to water (especially chlorine) or dry air (especially with heating units in the winter) or ingredients in products that strip the skin of its natural moisture.

With dry skin, skin usually feels tight and stretched, but can be slightly flaky causing the skin to look a little white, gray or ashy.


After dry skin, this is the most common cause of itchy skin. With eczema, the itch can be nearly impossible to tolerate due to its intensity and frequency. Usually the skin will also be red and inflamed or thick and scaly or weeping and oozing. Eczema is usually chronic and is caused by stress, sensitivities to food, environmental or seasonal allergies and/or reactions to topical products.


Psoriasis, although sometimes incorrectly grouped with eczema, is a chronic autoimmune skin condition that is characterized by red, itchy and patches also known as scales. With psoriasis, cells build up rapidly on the surface of the skin.


If your skin is constantly itchy and flaring up due to a reaction to a skin care or cleaning product, food or something in your environment, you may have allergies! Allergies can create hives, rashes and intense itching and can even trigger more chronic eczema if exposed to the allergen for long periods of time. When someone reacts to something topically only with the reaction only occurring on the skin, this is called contact dermatitis.

In order to know what might be causing the itch, there are a variety of tests you can do. First, if you think you might be suffering from a food allergy, it’s best to go see a doctor or naturopath that can help you find relief.

If you feel you might already be suffering from a food allergy or sensitivity, check out our post: How to Identify Your Reaction: Allergy vs. Sensitivity vs. Intolerance Defined.

There are also a variety of allergy tests you can carry out. For more information on those, check out our blog post: How to Know Which Food Allergy Test is Best For You? Or you can work with a physician to undergo an elimination diet.

If you happen to be experiencing allergies from the clothing you’re wearing, then you might have textile dermatitis. The best way to know if a certain material or fabric might be affecting you, would be to carry out a clothing elimination test, similar to how you would carry out an elimination diet.

To learn more about which materials can cause the most irritation, as well as how to run a clothing elimination test, check out our post: Your Guide to Textile Dermatitis: Latex Hypersensitivity & Polyester Allergy Explained.

How to stop itching, what products should you avoid?

Whether you are experiencing itchy skin due to dry skin, psoriasis, eczema or allergies, the following products should be avoided:

  • Artificially scented soap: You’d be surprised how certain added artificial fragrances and perfumes can irritate skin and are best avoided. Essential oils are usually ok and certain types can actually help to heal or prevent dry skin.
  • Harsh cleansers: It’s best to avoid any chemical filled body washes or skin cleansers that tend to be more alkaline and not pH balanced like the skin needs. These will strip the skin of its natural moisture and can definitely lead to itchy skin.
  • Alcohol: Avoid using products that contain alcohol or any sort. While some are slightly less drying than others, all forms of alcohol will without a doubt dry out skin. And if the skin is dry enough and has led to cracked skin, products containing alcohol will also irritate and burn the skin.

What products can help itchy skin?

For Dry Skin

If you know you’re experiencing itchy skin because your skin is mostly dry (or cracking), these products will help you lock in your skin’s natural moisture and provide relief:

For Eczema

With eczema, it’s best to look for a product that is made specifically for the eczema symptoms you’re experiencing.

  • Weeping/Oozing Eczema: EczeHerbal #1 Oozing Eczema Treatment: This formula was made to calm weeping, oozing eczema that looks angry and red.
  • Red Eczema: Emily’s Hot Skin Soother: Chinese herbs have been blended with natural oils to create one powerful anti-inflammatory balm to treat red eczema rashes.
  • Dry Eczema: Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream: This cream gets a second mention because it’s really great for so many types of skin conditions, especially any sort of dry skin.
  • Thick/Scaly Eczema: EczeHerbal #3 Dry Scaly Treatment: Another blend with Chinese herbs, but this time the formulation was created just for combating thick, scaly skin.

For Psoriasis

If you’ve been diagnosed with psoriasis these products will be a total lifesaver for you:

  • Emily Skin Soother’s Liquid Soap Soother: This soap is perfect for those suffering from psoriasis, as it’s extra moisturizing and free of nasty chemicals. Unlike other soaps available today, it won’t strip or dry skin out.
  • Coconut Aloe Moisturizing Serum: Coconut oil is extremely popular among eczema sufferers, but it can also be beneficial for those suffering from psoriasis. Not only does this serum contain coconut oil, but anti-inflammatory aloe vera helps keep skin cool and wounds healed.

For Allergies

If you have allergy-prone skin, check out these products that are great for those with allergies – of course – just double check the ingredients to ensure none of your known allergies are listed.

  • Organic Calendula Salve: This balm is so simple and pure it only has 4 ingredients: olive oil, calendula, beeswax and vitamin E, making it more tolerable and gentle for those with many allergies.
  • Grass Fed Tallow Balm: Unlike artificial balms, this mixture again uses very simple, nourishing ingredients like beef tallow for moisture and itch relief.

For General Itching

Regardless of whether you may be experiencing dry skin, psoriasis or allergies, these products will help all forms of itching:

  • Little Itchy Skin Rash Treatment: This red rash treatment is perfect for soothing any red rash or itchy spot with minor inflammation. Completely beeswax-free and vegan for allergy-prone skin.
  • EczeHerbal #2: Itchy Skin Rash Treatment: If you’re experiencing dry, red and itchy skin, then this is the product for you. This treatment is filled with natural Chinese herbs that are safe for infants, children, adults and even pets!
  • Organic Aloe Vera Skin Soothing Spray: Cooling aloe and soothing calendula can be gently misted onto itchy skin for fast relief with this spray. It’s great to carry in your bag for itch relief on the go!

Wet Wrapping

Something that works wonders for dry, itchy skin is something you may never have heard about, wet wrapping! It’s a popular form of treatment for eczema and psoriasis, but is very effective for many other skin conditions as well. It’s basically all about soaking with water and moisture and then sealing the moisture in for two hours or more using a damp layer of clothing. Read more about wet wrapping in Our Eczema Trials: Wet Wrap Therapy.


If you can’t seem to heal your itchy skin from the above recommended products because you’re constantly scratching, make sure to cover your hands and protect yourself from scratching with mittens and gloves! The itch-scratch cycle is no joke. Your skin may start off smooth and normal looking, but once the itching starts, you can scratch so hard that you cause a wound to open up or you’ll create thick skin which will need treatment and time to heal. When the healing begins, the itching may start again and you’re back to scratching mode all over again. So, give your skin the protection it deserves and wear gloves or mittens when you feel the urge to scratch, but it’s most important overnight. If you’re itchy in the night, you will scratch and won’t even know it until you wake up and find the evidence written all over your damaged skin.


You can try acupressure at home! Yes, it’s that easy! And there are a couple of points that when pressure is applied, can really help to relief itching. Check out Acupressure: A Home Remedy for Itchy Skin. 

More Itchy Relief Tips from a Naturopath

Our resident naturopath, Dr. Amy Duong, is an expert in all things skin related. She has a few tips she always shares with her patients to help them soothe their itchy skin naturally. Check her tips out here.

If you continue to experience itchy skin, make sure to visit your doctor as soon as possible.

How do you stop itching? Let us know in the comments below!

Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for It’s An Itchy Little World. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.

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Studies Indicate Children Benefit from Consuming Fish Oil For Eczema

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By Sabra Way (bio below)

Medical studies can be difficult to understand and use terms we often find confusing or unclear. The following studies discuss ‘allergic disease’ and if children benefit from taking fish oil for eczema.

What is ‘allergic disease’ and how is it related to eczema? Eczema, asthma and allergies (like hay fever) when discussed together are called Atopy. Atopy is just the genetic tendency to develop one of these diseases. All of these diseases share an increased immune response to allergens. So If your mom has hay fever and your father has asthma and your aunt suffers from eczema then your family is expressing atopy. You will be more likely to have one of those diseases if someone in your family has them.

Currently, there is a lot of discussion of the Allergic March and no it’s not what you’re thinking! The allergies don’t just happen in March! Allergic march refers to the order that children get these diseases. It starts with eczema, then allergies, then asthma and finally hay fever. Not every child with eczema will get hay fever but the chances are higher. That is why studies research all of these diseases together. If you can reduce the chances of getting one disease it often means you can reduce your chances for all.

Learn more about Atopic March from our blog post: What is the Atopic March?

The following studies are very practical for you and your family, as they ask the question: Does fish or fish oil help eczema? Yes it can.

In all of the following studies, the introduction of fish oil for eczema was beneficial. However, the most beneficial time of introduction was 6 – 12 months years of age. One study showed that introducing fish within 9 months of life (who had it once a week) reduced their chances of developing eczema (1). It also did not matter whether it was omega-3 fish or not. Just consuming fish reduced the risk. Another study also concluded the same results but in relation to asthma symptoms (2).

One study found that introducing fish to children under a year old held a reduced risk of allergic disease, food sensitization and inhaled allergens (hay fever) during the first 4 years of life (4). In fact it actually decreased the allergic march.

Lastly, eating fish may even be protective well beyond 4 years of life. More than 3,000 children were followed in Sweden with questionnaires about their diet until the age of 12 and given blood tests to determine how allergic they were. The results showed that 80% of children who were one year of age ate fish regularly, at least once a week. If a parent had an allergic disease in this group, the children that ate more fish (more than 2-3 times a month) had less eczema than those who consumed fish once a month (5).

If you or your family suffer from any of these diseases, introducing fish oil for eczema may help reduce their risk of developing other allergies too. Also introducing children to fish earlier (at a year old) sets them up with proper life-long eating habits.

What fish should you feed your family? The Environmental Working Group has a guideline on choosing fish that are low in toxins and high in omega-3 fats. Their top recommendation goes to those clean fish and seafood that are high in omega-3 fat. David Suzuki also has a list of the Top 10 Sustainable Seafood Picks.

Based on these two lists, these are some healthy, sustainable fish choices:

  • “Closed Containment” Salmon – David Suzuki only recommends farmed salmon raised in “closed containment“. Avoid open-net farmed “Atlantic Salmon” which is now genetically modified and not required to be labeled as such. Wild salmon is not a sustainable fish although it is a healthy choice.
  • Wild Sardines – The best are from Canada and U.S.Pacific and are purse seine caught like these.
  • Farmed OystersThis is a good sustainable brand.
  • Wild Mackerel – Best from the US or Canadian coasts.
  • Wild Herring – Best from the US or Canadian coasts. This is a great one.

If your little one simply won’t eat fish at all, try a supplement. Nordic Naturals is a great brand with low mercury levels, no GMOs, and derived from 100% wild cod.

Practical Take-Aways:

  • Introduce your children to eating fish before 1 year of age if possible.
  • Continue serving fish to your family once a week.
  • Choose fish that are low in mercury, sustainable and are High Omega-3.
  • Try a high quality fish oil supplement if your child simply won’t eat fish.


Read more about supplements and healing eczema:

Can Probiotics help eczema? Studies indicate YES!

Natural Remedies for eczema: What worked for my son.


Bio: Sabra Way is a Medical Herbalist and a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. She writes about herbal and complementary medicine and how it can heal the body when used effectively. An avid reader, she scans medical journalslooking for studies that have an impact on complementary medicine. She is the editor of Galen’s Watch; a journal watch focused on complementary and alternative medicine for complementary health practitioners to stay up-to-date with the latest studies. You can find her on FacebookTwitter, and her website.



(1) Do early intake of fish and fish oil protect against eczema and doctor-diagnosed asthma at 2 years of age? A cohort study. Oien T1, Storrø O, Johnsen R. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2010 Feb; 64(2):124-9. doi: 10.1136/jech.2008.084921. Epub 2009 Aug 6.

(2) Fish Consumption in Infancy and Asthma-like Symptoms at Preschool Age. Jessica C. Kiefte-de Jong, Jeanne H. de Vries, Oscar H. Franco, Vincent W.V. Jaddoe, Albert Hofman, Hein Raat, Johan C. de Jongste, Henriette A. Moll. Pediatrics, November 2012.

(3) The impact of dietary long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids on respiratory illness in infants and children. Hageman JH1, Hooyenga P, Diersen-Schade DA, Scalabrin DM, Wichers HJ, Birch EE. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2012 Dec; 12(6):564-73. doi: 10.1007/s11882-012-0304-1.

(4) Fish consumption during the first year of life and development of allergic diseases during childhood. Kull I, Bergström A, Lilja G, Pershagen G, Wickman M. Allergy. 2006 Aug; 61(8):1009-15.

(5) Fish consumption in infancy and development of allergic disease up to age 12 y. Jessica Magnusson, Inger Kull, Helen Rosenlund, Niclas Ha˚kansson, Alicja Wolk, Erik Mele´n, Magnus Wickman, and Anna Bergstrom. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2013; 97:1324–30.

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(HealthDay)—Some children report limited improvement in atopic eczema (AE) as a result of wearing silk garments, but not to the extent the children had hoped for, according to research published online Aug. 30 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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