It truly can feel like torture. The underlying itching of eczema can be annoying, but the flares? For some people, it can be completely maddening. Especially when antihistamines don’t even work.
New research out of Washington University tells us WHY these acute flares of itching might not respond to typical medications.
It’s because the sensation is transmitted to the brain by a different mechanism. Whereas most itching is mediated by histamine (hence the use of antihistamines), acute eczema flares can create crazy itching via activation of IgE and basophils— but not histamine!
The researchers think this is really great because they can develop new drugs that deal with basophils instead of histamine.
👉 I think we need to get to the root cause 👈
Eczema affects about 31 million people in the United States or about 10% of the population. If you get a red rash that itches and aches, you might have some form of eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis.
Here are several different types of eczema:
1.Atopic dermatitis- the most common form usually starting in childhood. Many who suffer from this also have asthma and/or hay fever. Part of the function of your skin is protection from the environment. When this defense is weakened, whether that be from genetics or the environment, you may get this type of rash.
2.Contact dermatitis- is a reaction to substances that have been in contact with your skin. There is an allergic form which involves your immune system and an irritant contact such as a chemical or other substance which irritates your skin.
3.Dishidrotic eczema- is more common in women and causes small blisters to form on hands and feet. It can occur with allergies, damp hands and feet, stress or exposure to nickel, cobalt or chromium salt.
4.Hand eczema- usually develops in people whose hands are exposed to chemicals. Housecleaners, hairdressers, dry cleaners and healthcare workers have the most common work exposures.
5.Neurodermatitis- causes thick and scaly patches on skin and is similar to atopic dermatitis. The cause is not known but it tends to develop in those who have other types of eczema or psoriasis.
6.Nummular eczema- causes round and coin shaped spots to form on skin. Nummular is the Latin work for coin and thus its name. It can form from exposure to chemicals or metals, as well as reaction to an insect bite.
7.Stasis dermatitis- involves swelling and dry/itchy skin in your lower legs. Varicose veins are usually present and develop in those who are standing a lot during the day. The valves in the veins, which help blood move forward, can malfunction leading to blood pooling in the lower extremity veins.
Although these skin lesions can be extremely itchy, it is important not to scratch and make them bleed. That can lead to a skin infection requiring antibiotic treatment. Other treatments may involve the aforementioned antihistamines, steroid creams, oral prednisone if severe dermatitis develops, calcineurin inhibitors (Protopic, Elidel) to reduce the immune response, UV light therapy and cool compresses.
To help a doctor find the etiology of dermatitis, write down what you eat and drink. Know what skin products you use including makeup, detergents, chemicals and soaps. Remember that walking outdoors or swimming in chlorinated pools may expose you to allergens. When you bathe or shower, pay attention to how long you’re in water and at what temperature. Try to blot your skin dry with a towel rather than rubbing your skin. Moisturize your skin daily with an oil-based cream for aiding your skin as a protective barrier. Wear gloves when dealing with chemicals. Wear soft and loose clothing. Stress is a leading trigger for these outbreaks so pay attention when you’re anxious or under stress.
The rashes and itching of eczema are only on the surface. They are clues that your body needs balancing on a deeper level. Maybe you would benefit most from…
👍 Probiotics to optimize gut immunity
👍 Omega-3s to quell inflammation
👍 Quercetin to stabilize the immune response
👍 Antioxidants to detox and strengthen immune health
👍 Other specific supplements to balance out the immune response
Every person is unique. The goal of functional and naturopathic medicine is to find the root cause and fix that. The result? Your symptoms improve naturally. And the benefits last.
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Wang F, Trier AM, Li F et al. A basophil-neuronal axis promotes itch. Cell. 2021; 184: 422-440.