Steroids are important medications used to block inflammation in Crohn’s. … Other research, published in January 2016 in the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, suggested that some patients with Crohn’s who use such drugs might also develop eczema, which makes the skin itchy and red.
Eczema can be a year-round torment for those affected by it, but winter causes particular misery. Here’s how to treat it.
Winter can be grim: coughs, colds, flu and the general sense of malaise brought on by dark nights, too much food and not enough exercise. And to add to the misery, as the temperature plunges and the heating goes on, normally reliable and trouble-free skin can start to itch. Welcome to the onset of winter eczema.
The skin condition, which is caused by an abnormal immune reaction that results in dry, red cracked patches of skin, is only made worse by itching. Your nails damage the skin barrier, which then ramps up inflammatory molecules that exacerbate the itch. What’s more, chronic scratching may make you more susceptible to infections, since it’s easier for bacteria to invade the cracked skin. The best way to ease the itch is to see your doctor for treatments, prescription or over-the-counter, that address the underlying problem that causes the itch.
1. Why do some of us develop skin conditions? Filaggrin is a barrier protein found in skin, which we inherit. The word filaggrin comes from filament aggregating protein. It works as a protection layer for the skin, without this protective layer skin becomes leaky. If you are missing the filaggrin protein you will notice lots of extra lines on the palms of your hands. Those of us who are missing filaggrin protein, about 10% of the population worldwide, are more likely to develop atopic skin conditions. If both parents are missing their filaggrin protein the chance of their child having an atopic skin condition increases.
2. Can you help to prevent a child from developing eczema? Applying an emollient to a child’s skin every day in the first year of their life can reduce their chance of developing eczema by up to 50%. An amazingly simple, but effective method of helping to prevent your child from developing eczema. In Ireland, 20% of children have an atopic skin condition. Start using a daily emollient on your child as early as possible in life to help prevent skin conditions. Check the emollient ingredients carefully to ensure it does not contain any possible skin irritants. Suvex soothis a natural intensive emollient cream, made from plant-sourced ingredients, which allow the skin to breathe while intensively moisturizing the skin. “The soothing natural ingredients in suvex soothe helped clear my grandchildren eczema and reduce the number of skin outbreaks. I would recommend suvex soothe as natural emollient cream for babies with dry irritated skin,” says Anne Winters, a retired public health nurse.
3. Can you “switch off” your atopic skin condition? As the old saying goes “prevention is better than cure”. Early intervention to treat an atopic skin condition could prevent many other allergic diseases developing later on, such as atopic dermatitis (eczema), food allergies, allergies rhinitis (hay fever) and asthma.
4. Are food and nut allergies linked to skin conditions? Check that your emollient cream does not contain any potential allergens. Oils or creams containing nut-based ingredients are not recommended for children as they may cause children to develop a subsequent nut allergy. This can happen if skin comes into contact with the nut as an ingredient in cream, oil or lotion ingredient before a person ingests the nut as a food. So the body may then reject the nut as food causing an allergic reaction.
Eczema is a chronic skin problem, so it can come and go. It requires ongoing management by you and your doctor. If the eczema is not improving, talk to your doctor about your concerns.
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Botanical Syrup the solution to a stubborn cough
Irish Botanica Botanical Syrup has helped many to find relief for the first time from a stubborn cough
Irish Botanica Botanical Syrup is a cough remedy that I told you about last year. Many of you who tried it found it amazing and got relief for the first time from a stubborn cough. But, unfortunately, the suppliers ran out of stock and left many of you disappointed that you couldn’t try it for yourself. Nobody could have predicted the demand. The good news is that it’s back in stock and your local health store should be able to order it in for you.
Botanical Syrup was developed by Medicinal Herbalist David Foley. Botanical Syrup contains herbs which can help ease all stubborn and difficult to shift coughs, clear congestion, decrease mucus, and relieve the symptoms of asthma, hay fever, and bronchitis. What’s great about the blend is that as well as the herbs to treat coughs it also contains Vitamin C, Liquorice and Ginseng which are included for their immune supporting properties and also their ability to relieve the effects of stress on the body.
It’s a fantastic combination of herbs which work well together including White Horehound which can decrease and thin the mucus in the bronchial tubes and lungs.
Mullein is used to help clear congestion and phlegm. Plantain eases sore throats, coughs, and bronchitis. It protects and strengthens the lining of the throat and lungs. Cinnamon is included for its mild antiseptic properties. Ginseng will help your body cope with stress and at the same time it will support immune function helping you to stay well. Aniseed helps clear mucus from the airways, and adds the flavour to the mix. Liquorice will help to reduce dryness and has an anti-spasmodic effect helping to ease a cough.
Last year I had amazing feedback from people all around the country. Many of you also told your friends and family about how effective it was. I would say that approx. 8 out of 10 people who tried it got relief from a stubborn cough. So I’m happy to remind you of it so you can see if it can help you too. Remember to check with your doctor if you’re on medication.
If you too have a stubborn cough then it might be worth your while trying this remedy, Botanical Syrup, it’s a fantastic Irish made product
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