Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is the name given to conditions which can result in the skin to become red, itchy or inflamed (raised skin). Common forms of eczema are contact dermatitis, nummular eczema, dyshidrotic eczema, stasis dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis. Eczema is something many people have at some stage of their lives. It can be present at birth and it goes away, periodically during your life or constantly.
According to Neosporin.com eczema affects,
35 million Americans: 1-3% of adults, and 10-20% of children.
Cases of eczema are on the rise. People with eczema can experience very mild, moderate, severe forms. You can have it once and watch it go away on its own, or you can have repeated flare ups throughout your life. Scientists don’t know exactly what causes it but it is not contagious and it is a product of genetics and the environmental factors.
Symptoms of Eczema
To treat eczema you first have to understand the symptoms you need to look out for.
For more information on how to spot eczema, read our must read guide here.
Although we mentioned that eczema can appear anywhere on our bodies and at any time during our lives, some patterns have emerged. For example it ha been found that most children who experience eczema will have it on the cheeks of their faces. Although this is true, some people may have different experiences such as around the arms or legs, or ranging from many symptoms to fewer symptoms. If you are ever considering the use of an eczema treatment please do so after you have consulted with your doctor via their recommendation.
This will ensure the right treatment is used for either yourself or your loved ones. Although, some new natural alternatives to modern eczema treatments (please still seek professional advice) are starting to pop up and prove very effective. One such treatment is a CBD (Cannabidiol, a cannabinoid from the cannabis or hemp plant) based topical (cream/lotion) due to its strong anti-inflammatory potential.
As mentioned before CBD comes from the cannabis and hemp plants. CBD is a cannabinoid (chemical) from both plants which does not have any of the negative psychoactive effects (mind altering) you would get from THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). While CBD oils from hemp are legal, CBD oils from cannabis are illegal due to the possibility that there could be trace elements of THC. However, even with this, CBD has great anti-inflammatory possibilities from treating such conditions like eczema and acne etc which have inflammation based causes.
A human trial into the use of a CBD based topical for eczema or similar skin related issues found that it was effective in reducing itchiness and they where able to come off their other medications as a result. The study also found that patients felt less sleepy. (Note: Linked Source to this study is no longer available)
In regards to those who use CBD oil to treat a wide array of conditions, they have reported, anecdotally, that CBD, whether it is from the cannabis plant or the hemp plant, to be very beneficial for their conditions and a save natural alternative. Although this is widely considered to be true some people do experience some minor side effects from CBD oil products and medical cannabis treatments in general. Side effects range from feeling sleepy, having dry mouth, dizziness and very rarely diarrhea. Those these side effects are recorded to happen in scientific studies too, it is usually due to first time use (sleepy, dry mouth) and dosage combined with the concentration of the oil (diarrhea, dizziness).
Again, if you do consider the use of CBD oil for any condition please do so on the advice from a professional medical adviser or doctor.