Eczema is a condition known as atopic dermatitis in medical circles. It is a chronic disease that is caused by the epidermis (the top layer of skin) not functioning properly and being sensitive to some food and environmental factors like allergens. It is a complex and still relatively badly understood condition that affects hundreds of millions of people around the world. Eczema usually looks like sore and dry patches of skin. The area can be inflamed with red scaly patches on various parts of the body.
Different types of eczema include contact dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, nummular eczema, stasis dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema and more. This article is too short to go into all the different types in detail, but if you are wondering what does eczema look like, it is usually raised, red, inflamed skin that can scab and become infected. Sometimes it is little more than bumps on the skin, other times it can be a large red rash that is extremely itchy and painful.
The cause of eczema is still not well understood, but it is believed to be an immune condition, caused by the immune system reacting as if the cells of the body are foreign invaders. This causes skin inflammation, hence the itchiness. An insect bite can trigger eczema, as can dry skin. There are many links between eczema and allergies such as hay fever too so lifestyle factorss such as what detergent you use on your clothes and whether or not you have animals in your home can have a big impact on eczema.
Eczema typically occurs on the soles of the feet, hands, forearms, armpits, elbows, the backs of the knees and the inner thighs. This can make taking part in sports impossible, sleeping very difficult as the itchiness does not go away if scratched, and even daily functioning sometimes impossible. The cost of this skin condition has been evaluated at billions to the global economy and the social cost even greater.
Applying CBD oil to the affected area, either as a part of a cream or as pure oil, could potentially help with eczema. CBD has an anti-inflammatory effect. The endocannabinoid system is a large array of receptors that respond to cannabinoids including CBD. This system has recently been found to extend to the skin, so CBD could be affecting the skin in that way.
By ingesting CBD orally, the chemical is distributed to the bloodstream. This ensures a constant spread of the drug and could help to reduce overall inflammation in eczema, meaning less itching and pain.
CBD has a potentially very effective mood stabilizing effect. As one of the triggers for an eczema outbreak is stress, treatment with CBD could be an effective way of stabilizing mood and reducing the inflammation caused by stress.
One advantage of CBD is that it has few side effects and is a relatively safe drug to take, more more so than the alternative eczema drugs. Though there is little data available to backup this position, the weight of anecdotal evidence points to CBD being a safe and effective treatment for eczema.
Where it is legal, CBD can be as inexpensive as other eczema medications. This is of great benefit to those who cannot get it prescribed and want an effective treatment that does not cost the earth.
There is no cure for eczema so sufferers are resigned to treating their symptoms as best they can. Given the fact that so many of the current treatments can cause negative side effects with very little positive impact on all forms of eczema, CBD seems a very promising option.
CBD is a drug that is illegal in much of the world. It should not be bought, possessed or taken where it is illegal. Where it is legal, or if you plan to buy it illegally, it should only be taken with medical advice from a qualified doctor who understands your condition and the risks associated with taking CBD.
Learn more about why CBD could be the perfect eczema treatment here.