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Aqueous cream for eczema is it bad?

Aqueous cream for eczema use may not be a wise move and instead could make the problem worse. I read some research from Professor Cork from Sheffield University, which highlighted his concerns with using aqueous cream for eczema.

I did some delving myself into the origins of aqueous cream and was surprised to find it was originally developed as a replacement for soap and not as a cream. It was designed, so those who's skin reacted to the use of soaps, could use it as an alternative.

It was never actually designed as a cream to keep on the skin instead it may actually dry the skin out within a short period, causing eczema to become further irritated.

Olive oil for eczema is a poor choice

The use of olive oil as a moisturiser for eczema sufferers, may not provide any benefits over other emollients and could possibly cause eczema irritation.

Olive oil's balance of oleic and linoleic oil is considered to be very poor and this may lead to skin damage, affecting the way the skin develops especially in babies.

Mustard oil for eczema needs patch testing

I heard a story about a couple who were told to use mustard oil to relieve their babies eczema and when they put the oil on the skin, the skin reacted and flared up.

This made me think about the importance of patch testing, that is, applying a small amount of something onto a small area of skin and seeing how the skin reacts.

Eczema onset caused by being too clean

I don't know whether this is true but it's something I think may be appropriate. Keeping the environment around a baby very clean, till they become toddlers may actually increase the risks of them developing eczema.

I think their immune system does not develop effectively during the time of ultra cleanliness and when it does start to develop, the immune system probably goes into overdrive. This over reaction can cause eczema and promote the delayed onset eczema.

I've seen many parents who hold onto their children for dear life, worried about catching infections not just from other children but from other adults too. This not only upsets those around these children as they are not allowed to hold the child but done over a longer term, can also affect the child's social skills, as the child becomes isolated and overly reliant on their parents, that is, clingy.

It can also affect their learning and development, as interaction in a wider world is important, plus it may increase their likelihood of eczema. So something so simple as avoiding contact with others, can affect a child in so many different ways.