fish oil for eczema how effective & good it is
Do you have eczema that scare the hell out of you each time you look at your self in the mirror? We all know how horrible that itchy and dry that skin looks.
you might have tried several home remedies for eczema or over the counta drugs to get rid of it to no avail, Well you don’t have to worry anymore, the goods news is that there is still a treatment that you have not tried and we are sure that if you do, you will start getting your desired results instantly.
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Understanding Atopic eczema
The human skin produces a lot of oil naturally which protects us from various forms of illness, What eczema does is that it stop the skin from producing this oil and when this happens we experience some kind of unusual dryness of the skin, the skin becomes flaky and red in color.
What are the symptoms of eczema
Itchy skin: Most people who suffer from eczema will experience an unusual kind of dryness of the skin that is itchy, when the patient scratches that particular part of the body changes color to red.
Scaling skin: scaling skin also known as peeling skin is another symptom you will notice in anyone suffering from eczema, the skin flake off because of the excessive scratches and dryness.
Sore skin : this comes as a result of the excessive scratches, when the skin flakes off or peel the inner skin is exposed leaving the patient with an scar
Treatment of eczema
When we experience any of the symptoms of eczema we quickly look for a steroids cream to help moisturize the skin and this goes a long way to reduce the inflammation,this is usually a temporary solution and not a permanent cure to eczema which is known to resurface again after some time.
See also:Homes Remedies for Eczema
Does fish oil Helps With Eczema ?
A new research has shown that the best way to treat and get instant relief from eczema is to treat it with Omega 3 fatty acid. This tends to moisturise the skin from the inside which is a key to reduce the inflammation and dryness of the skin.
Fish oil contains a special kind of oil known as omega-3 fatty acids that has been known to be anti inflammatory. If you you want to get to the root of your problem then the best choice is to attack the root cause.
A Research was conducted by the British Council of Dermatology recently and it shows that people who takes fish oil where able to see an improvement in their well being, most of the symptoms of eczema they experience such as dryness of the skin, redness, flaky skin all disappeared when they where placed on this supplement for a period of 8 weeks.
How it works
Atomic Eczema is more pronounce in immune depressed patients this has made many to conclude that the immune system is responsible to the development of most of the symptoms patients experience when they get hit by eczema.
Most of the itchy symptoms experience by patients who suffers from eczema is as a result of the consistent secretion of T lymphocyte and neutrophils which comes along with leukotriene B4 which cause a allergic reaction, it is believed that leukotriene B4 is largely responsible for inflammation of the skin.
leukotriene B4 is a leukotriene, is an inflammatory substance that has been known to be responsible for most of the symptoms we human experience when we are hit by eczema, putting leukotriene B4 under check is a key to dealing with the underlying causes of eczema.
Researchers have found out that any drugs or natural supplements that can effectively block leukotriene B4 is also capable of stopping the T lymphocyte which is also known to cause inflammation which is the hallmark of eczema.
Please note that some steroids and cream has are now available in different brand names and can be bought in the most health stores.
Where to Get Omega 3s
For clarity omega 3 fatty acids are subdivided into two categories and they are EPA and DHA which can be easily gotten from fish and another type known as ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) Which can be found in plants.
Well am going to list a number of type of fish that are highly rich in DHA and EPA omega-3 fatty acids. It’s advisable you eat them at least twice a week which should be sustained for 12 weeks for desired results.
- Salmon (wild has more omega-3s than farmed)
- Lake trout
Other sources of omega-3 fatty acids (ALA)
Well you might want to get fatty acid from other sources apart from fish supplement then you might consider some kind of plants that are known to be rich in ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) which is another type of fatty acids.
- Flaxseed and flaxseed oil
- Canola oil
- Soybean oil
can fish oil make eczema worse?
In some rear occasions there has been some report of an adverse reaction in some patients when they where placed on fish supplement this is because fish contains amines which can be counterproductive to a few numbers of those suffering from eczema.
From a research conducted by RPA Hospital Allergy Unit in Sydney, 36% of patients who suffers from eczema and where placed on fish supplement only got their symptoms worsen while others showed remarkable improvements..
Please note that left over food such as meat, fish , Yoghurt are all rich in amines.
fish oil has been proven to be an effective treatment for eczema but however this has an adverse effect to a small number of patients who develop an adverse reaction to this supplement.
Pregnant women and children should please stay away from the types of fish we listed above. And finally note that farm raised fish have been proven to contain contaminants which are not too fine.
Regina Uwalaka. Am your regular Dermatologist with 8 years of experience, you can contact me on any of my social media accounts