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With the onset of winters, it is common to experience dry, itchy and cracked skin. It is often noticed on hands and fingers as they come in contact with a lot of things like detergents, chemicals, shampoos, etc. and we wash them often. But, with people suffering from the eczema skin condition, the symptoms are more than just having dry skin. When eczema is on hands and fingers, they experience redness and burning sensation, dryness, peeling, flaking, swelling, cracks, blisters, pus or crust formation and bleeding in severe cases.
Usually, the doctors recommend topical corticosteroids, antibacterial ointments, calcineurin tablets, antihistamine tablets, topical antibiotics, etc. but they may lead to unwanted side-effects if used for a long time. Therefore, if you are looking for natural, home remedies for eczema on hands and fingers, you can take the help of Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is a treasure trove of herbs and rasayanas that helps treat and heal the illnesses. Eczema skin condition is known as ‘vicharchika’ in Ayurveda and there are several remedies that may assist in soothing your irritated skin:
The first and foremost thing that one needs to do when suffering from eczema of hands and fingers is to keep them moisturised and avoid over washing. This condition mainly affects people who remain in constant touch with water and chemicals like cleaners, chef, salon, spa and healthcare professionals. Therefore, use coconut oil to soothe the irritating skin, itching and burning sensation as dry skin tends to itch more and may aggravate the condition. Coconut oil can also be mixed with desi ghee and camphor for external application on the skin.
One of the best-known home remedies for eczema on hands and fingers is using neem for external application as it has antibacterial properties. You may use it to clean the affected area by boiling neem leaves in water. You can also use neem in cooking and consuming as it removes toxins from the blood when consumed regularly. You may also make a paste of neem leaves with fresh butter and apply it to the dry, flaky skin.
Aloe vera gel can also be used to soothe the irritated, flaky eczema skin on hands and fingers. It is rich in antioxidants and has nourishing properties. It can be used in both ways, externally and internally. You may try Jiva Aloe Vera Juice. Drink it with water every morning, preferably on an empty stomach.
Manage stress with yoga and breathing techniques (paranayama). Eczema symptoms flare up with chronic stress, both physical and psychological.
If you continue experiencing itching, burning sensation, redness or other uncomfortable symptoms of eczema on hands and fingers, please consult an Ayurvedic doctor for a root-cause based personalised treatment. If left untreated, eczema can become a chronic condition and may affect the deeper layers of the skin. At Jiva, the doctors offer holistic treatment for the eczema skin condition. Besides suggesting customised medicines, they also provide a personalised diet and lifestyle plan that complements the healing process and improves the overall quality of life. Consulting Jiva doctors is also easy. You can get on a call or a video call or visit your nearest Jiva clinic for a personalised consultation and a safe, effective and long-lasting treatment.
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