At this time of the year, several clients come in with health concerns which tend to worsen in the winter, especially skin issues. Eczema and psoriasis often appear similar. How to tell them apart, why do they get worse, and what to do about them?
Eczema has red, inflamed patches on the inside bends of elbows, knees, wrists, ankles or the neck which may cause scaling, oozing of clear fluid, or crusting. These patches may itch so intensely that scratching them causes bleeding.
Psoriasis has similar itching, along with stinging or burning. Inflammation tends to form in thicker, raised silvery or scaly patches on outer parts such as elbows, knees, palms and soles of the feet, as well as scalp, face (including eyelids), and on the back.
From a homeopathic viewpoint, we tend to use symptoms, rather than labels, to decide on a suitable remedy. We start by elimination of any “maintaining causes”, such as allergies. In skin cases, this also means perhaps not drinking enough good water, or conversely drinking too many diuretic beverages such as black tea and coffee which may also increase the caffeine level in our systems. Secondly, in the winter we tend to eat more starchy or refined carbohydrates which acidify our systems, instead of greens, lightly cooked vegetables, and fruit which are alkalizing. Thirdly, taking a good probiotic to replenish our “good bacterial flora” in our intestines boosts our immunity and often improves skin afflictions. Topical creams only help to reduce itching or redness.
If after these measures, skin symptoms still exist, homeopathic medicines can perform wonders. Remedies such as homeopathic Sulphur, Graphites, Calcarea carb, and many others can definitely improve and heal the internal imbalance that shows up as a skin condition. A qualified Homeopath can determine a remedy best suited to you!
Madeleine Khan, The Healer’s Path Homeopathic Medicine