Eczema is a skin condition characterised by irritated dry, itching and red skin that can affect any part of the body.  Though there is no obvious cause, it is thought to be triggered by a range of factors, including:

  • Allergens, with food such as nuts thought to be a factor
  • Environmental irritants, such as pet hair, dust mites and chemicals
  • Bacteria
  • Diet
  • Stress

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There are two types of eczema, namely atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis, with the former mostly affecting children.  Some people are thought to be more genetically predisposed.  Conventional treatments include creams, oral antihistamines and corticosteroids.

How Can Massage Help Eczema?

Massage is a great stress reliever, and it also helps to stimulate circulation, with trials indicating that ongoing massage therapy can help to reduce the impact of eczema. The key question for massage and this type of non-contagious rash is whether the skin is intact. If no breaks, cracks, scabs or oozing is present, massage with a soothing, non-irritating lotion or oil can be extremely helpful. It is important to take care not to increase itching at affected areas, of course. Although it won’t change the way this hyperactive immune system behaves, massage may at least offer some temporary relief from the discomfort and frustration that this stubborn condition can cause.

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