dermatitis eczema

Recognising Symptoms of Eczema

Eczema and dermatitis can affect people in different areas of their body. One particular area is around the eyes.

Obviously anywhere on the face can be embarrassing…but around the eyes is not good at all.

The symptoms are redness, itchiness, puffiness and dryness and there can be a weeping effect.

The inflammation can be so extreme that it makes it difficult to see. The oedema in the eyes may also create pressure which can lead to headaches and pain from the swelling along with difficulty in vision.

What’s happening is that there is an imbalance in the immune system and an over reactivity and sensitivity to a substance that the body does not like …. And this must be identified in order for a cure to take place!

Otherwise, like so many dermatologists discover, it doesn’t matter how much cortico-steroidal eg hydrocortisone creams you prescribe, it will not result in an end cure, only a temporary band-aid fix to take down the swelling. These also have many side effects such as a thinning of the skin around the eyes. Not a good idea and not a long term cure or solution.

Topical Causes of Periorbital Eczema

  • Allergies to cosmetic products eg face cream moisturisers, make-up
  • Perfumes
  • Hairspray
  • Hair dyes
  • Dog or cat hair and other animal dander
  • Pollens

Internal Causes of Periorbital Eczema

  • Food sensitivities
  • Preservatives chemical sensitivities (These need to be checked with a blood test identifitying IgG antibodies)
  • Food allergies (check IgE antibodies with blood test)

Treatment of Periorbital Eczema

Once the cause is identified and removed from the body, the body will have time to heal and the swelling will go down.

It is also important to treat the gut and the liver along with the immune system and lymphatic system. This is done using herbal medicine and changes in diet.

An elimination diet is recommended and a “challenge of allergic foods” down the track of any offending substances should be done one by one.

This should not take more than 1-3 months maximum and the eczema or dermatitis should not return. Periorbital eczema is totally curable using the above method which is natural and successful.

For more information refer to my book “The Skin Program”.




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