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I had bad case of Eczema, I went to the dermatologist and my MD twice and the ointment just made it worse than ever.
I decided to try fine mediterranean sea salt. One cup of warm water and about 3 to 4 tablespoon sea salt, let the sea salt dissolve and then at the end of my shower I turn the water then I would pour the Sea Salt water mixture on the eczema let it dry on my skin, This stopped the rash and itching, I also splashed this sea salt water on my face and noticed my dry eye problem seemed to be disappearing!
I have been suffering with eczema for 9 months on my hands. It’s very painful and embarrassing. This past weekend, I went away to the beach and realized after the third day my hands were healing. I also stopped drinking tap water and started drinking bottled or kangen water. After I arrived home from beach, my hands flared up again after one day so I decided to drive back over to beach and get a gallon of the ocean water and rub on my hands before I go to bed. I have put ocean water on my hand for 5 days now and there are no open cracks or pain in my hands, especially the itching. I wanted to share my story because I am hoping this will help others.
I suffer from eczema on my hands and feet and whenever I go to the seaside, if I put my hands and feet in the water, it takes my eczema away as well. I can't wait to go back as I have had a flare up again.
My has had eczema for 3 years now. I have tried everything that the doctors have told me to do. Than just this year my started swimming at her friends house. They have a salt water pool… It was amazing, that night she came down the stairs and said look mom!!! I thought oh dear it got worse. But be hold my eyes her Eczema was so much better and almost gone. So since than I let go swim over there, and it is gone now. I just make sure that she put some lotion at night to keep the mositer in her skin. SO do a study on salt water with people with eczema, and see the difference for yourself.
I have had a large patch of eczema on the back of my leg for about 10 years. Sometimes it doesn’t itch much, other times it itches so bad that I scratch it until it’s raw. I have tried a number of topical treatments, all of which helped…but none of which were able to cure it completely. So finally, after 10 years, it’s gone! And what, you ask, is the reason? Ocean water. Several months ago I went to a 2 week training in San Diego and noticed that after snorkeling a handful of times in my spare time, the itch was lessened and the skin on the back of my knee felt softer. I loved snorkeling (not for eczema reduction, but simply because I enjoyed it) and I recently decided to get Scuba certified. After a dive I would notice, like with snorkeling, that the itch was lessened and the skin on the back of my knee felt softer. Well, over the past 2 months I have done about 15 dives and the eczema is gone! Ten years of various natural and unnatural salves/creams/pastes couldn’t fix what the ocean could after only several “treatments”.
It’s worth noting that (I believe) one would have to actually go to the ocean and be in the water to get the benifits. That is, I do not believe mixing salt and water would work. Nor do I believe you could bring home some ocean water and apply it and get the same results. It is my belief that the ocean water needs to be “alive”. Meaning, it needs to be full of all the bacteria/microorganisms/fresh plant particles etc. that are present in the water’s natural state. I realise that not all eczema sufferers live on the coast, so for many sufferers this may not be helpful info–but for eczema sufferers living near the beach, they would be well advised to take make as many beach trips as possible…it could very well be the miracle cure they’re looking for.
Also, I had the thought that maybe fresh “ocean” water from a salt-water aquarium could be effective. Since, in the aquarium, the water contains many of the same bacteria etc. that would be found in the natural ocean it seems at least possible that this water could be used to treat eczema (i.e. dipping a cloth in the tank and applying it to the affected area. In theory, at least, this seems more likely to be successful than, say, transporting ocean water from the beach since many of the living organisms in the water will be unable to survive for more than a couple of hours.
Hi Doug, good to hear you found a cure… I have a friend with severe Psoriatic Arthritis and for him the only really effective treatment is a trip to the Dead Sea. He said buying the bath salts just didn’t do it. I wonder if it could be a combination of the sun and sea water and stress relief. Tout ensemble!
Hey Doug, I suffer from eczema on my ankles, when I went in the Navy I snorkeled often. I noticed the seawater and sun would clear my eczema right away. I try using a tanning bed now and it helps, but the combination sun and seawater worked well. The ACV stops the itch for now till I can get back to the sea.
Any time you have a skin issue that improves in the sun it could indicate an inability to produce enough fumaric acid. A doctor can test for it. I’ts a genetic glitch, so you will need to supplement forever if this is the problem.
Sea Salt baths have almost cured my eczema in a matter of weeks. Get a good one that has minerals and put about 3/4 cup into the tub. I've also started taking iodine tablets.
I tried using a teaspoon of table salt, mixed with a little warm water to form a paste. I applied it to the side of my nose (where the crease is) because i have a very itchy patch of skin there that I can’t seem to stop scratching! Putting salt on itchy skin works! It breaks the scratch/itch cycle, but eating garlic everyday will help also!
The traditional “solutions” for eczema are largely ineffective and potentially harmful. I’ve worked my way through and into some helpful tips in dealing with eczema:
My suggestions :
— salt rub (preferably in the shower or bathtub)Use simple plain table salt.Mix salt with a little warm water to form a firm pasty mixture that’s not runny.Rub this mixture on the skin to relieve the itch without scratching too deeply or causing bloodshed. Salt in a wound burns which in this case satiates the itch desire. The salt helps the skin understand to produce good oils and good stuff so that the skin can learn how to moisten itself.If one gets too much salt on or it burns a little, use water to rinse the salt and the sting away.
— (preferably after salt treatment) Dr. Bronner’s Mint liquid soap available at health food stores and at Trader Joes. Trader Joe costs about $9 per 32oz bottle.
This helps. This eases itching and feels good and keeps the skin moist. Helps the skin heal. It’s good. It works well in tandem with the salt.
— tiger balm
Apply tiger balm to affected areas. It seems to help decrease the itching desire. I have not used this method in many years. I don’t remember how it works exactly except that it has helped me in the past.
— gasoline (I don’t really recommend this…) Once, I spilled gasoline on my hand with eczema on it…the gasoline seemed to have caused the eczema to go away.
Hey – the comment about gasoline just triggered a memory for me. Many years ago, I got bitten by mosquitoes and/or sandflies a lot when I was staying in Auckland (New Zealand). An old-timer I knew at the time told me to put Kerosine on the bites – he said it would stop the itching and would keep away the mozzies etc. As my bites were bleeding and fairly raw because of my scratiching, I was very loathe to try this, but I finally did it. Blow me if it didn’t work a treat! And, didn’t sting – took away all the itch, pain, plus stopped me from getting bitten! I did stink of Kerosine tho lol.