Eczema usually appears in children below the age of 5 years and continue until their adolescence. It is an incurable skin disease that causes an itchy, dry and inflamed skin. This skin condition will come and go, and sometimes last for the entire lifetime of the sufferer. More than 80% of children will have the eczema throughout their adult life. Eczema commonly occurs on the cheeks, legs, forearms and neck. The itchy, dry skin condition can worsen with continuous scratching and result in redness, broken skin, bleeding, rashes and infections.
The benefits of coconut oil for eczema has been known to mankind for a long period of time. It has been an effective treatment method for eczema and recommended by most of the physicians in the stream of alternative medicine. The Ayurveda medical practitioners of the Eastern world have always used coconut oil for eczema treatments. With the recent scientific experiments conducted on the effectiveness of coconut oil for eczema, the number of Western eczema sufferers turning to this treatment method have increased tremendously.
Coconut oil is highly effective in healing the damaged skin of an eczema sufferer. Coconut oil is abundant with anti-fungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. It also contains healthy vitamins and nutrients such as Caprylic acid, Lauric acid, Vitamin K, E and Capric acid. All of these elements are useful in combating the itchiness and soothing the skin. It will help to prevent further infections and repair the broken skin rapidly. Most of the prescribed medications for eczema will contain chemicals and preservatives that are unhealthy for the skin. But, coconut oil does not contain any chemicals, preservatives or unhealthy ingredients that can worsen the eczema. It is always safe and without any side effects. For best results, an unrefined, virgin, cold pressed coconut oil must be used on the eczema. This kind of coconut oil will heal the eczema and keep the skin safe from further infections.
There are two methods of using coconut oil on the eczema
1. One method is to take it as a supplement and, the other is to use it as a topical application. Consuming 2-4 tablespoons of coconut oil daily is beneficial in curing eczema and improving the overall immunity of the patient. It will help the body to be better prepared to combat fungal skin diseases like eczema. The coconut oil can be taken directly or added to the food or drinks. 2. Applying coconut oil directly on the eczema as a topical application is the other method of using this medication. Applying coconut oil several times a day on the affected area is beneficial to cure even a severe type of eczema. Combining both these methods and taking coconut oil externally, as well as, internally is a much better way of expediting the cure of eczema.
The above information confirms the effectiveness of using coconut oil as a treatment for eczema. Also, the recent scientific studies in this field emphasize the regular usage of coconut oil as a cure for eczema that has no side effects.