Treating Eczema in the Balanced Beings Clinic

Posted by Brooke Klower on

Eczema is an inflammatory condition we see a lot in clinic, particularly in children. 

If you are someone who has, or is suffering with eczema, you understand how frustrating, and even at times, debilitating, this condition can get. Treatment for eczema is unfortunately not a one size fits all approach. It is a complex disease that varies amongst individuals. One eczema sufferer’s trigger may not necessarily be the same as the next. Therefore, patience is a virtue when going through treatment, as it takes time and sometimes trial & error to get to the bottom of your eczema. 

Causes of eczema can also vary, but a family genetic history is often involved. Other factors can include: 

  • Food intolerances or allergies
  • Microbiome dysbiosis
  • Bacterial overgrowths 
  • Nutritional deficiencies  
  • Overburdened liver 
  • Chronic stress
  • Immune dysregulation 
  • Intestinal permeability

Generally, it is also multiple factors occurring & they often can feed into one another. For instance, gut dysbiosis or food allergies can lead to breakdown of the intestinal wall, which allows toxins & proteins to enter circulation to trigger immune activation & dysregulation. This then places further burden on the liver to detoxify these inflammatory mediators & circulating toxins. 

Some tips to assist with reducing eczema are displayed in the following picture:

When treating eczema in clinic we will often start with an elimination diet. We want to identify any triggers and aggravating factors within the diet. Common triggers include dairy, wheat (gluten), eggs, nightshade vegetables & citrus vegetables. 

We assess the environment the individual lives in to help identify & remove any aggravating factors present. 

We assess the diet to look for nutrients that may be lacking & where we can improve specific nutrients indicated for eczema such as vitamin D, zinc, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamins A & E and selenium.  

We will often prescribe herbs specific for eczema that provide anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic actions these include:

  • Nettle
  • Echinacea 
  • Albizia
  • Chamomile

We will provide specific nutrients which are individualised to each client but may include:

  • Slippery elm powder
  • Glutatmine
  • Quercetin
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin C 
  • Calcium

There is an undeniable link between digestive health & eczema, and a disrupted microbiome can commonly be at the crux of it. In the clinic we like to follow an evidence-based approach and will often want to have our patients undergo some comprehensive studies to assess their gut health. This may be in the form of a microbiome mapping test or comprehensive digestive stool analysis. These tests can give us direct insight into the gut health including, but not limited to:

  • The balance of beneficial bacteria
  • Presence of pathogenic or opportunistic species
  • Presence of parasites
  • Ability to breakdown fats, proteins & carbohydrates
  • Intestinal permeability markers
  • Inflammatory markers
  • Coeliac markers

These tests can give us a more targeted treatment approach by taking out the guess work and potentially uncovering the driving factor for our patient’s eczema. 

We hope this helps you understand our natural and individualised approach to treating all the patients in our clinic presenting with eczema. 

 

Stay happy and health,

Balanced Beings x


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