Eczema is an inflammatory condition of the skin that leads to redness, blistering, oozing, scaling and thickening. It is a long-term condition in most people, although it can improve over time. It appears in the first few months of life and affects around 10 per cent of babies however it can improve as the child gets older. A mother claims she has cured her babies eczema by using a £12.50 cream, called MooGoo.
Speaking to Mail online Nicki Hume spoke of her son Cameron’s condition and said: “He scratched all the time, he was grumpy and just not happy.
“It is hard looking back at the pictures because it looks so sore. Some days Cam didn’t even look troubled by it and others he would just scream.
“We were seriously worried about his eczema and couldn’t see an end point.”
The young child had been using an array of different creams and was even taken to the A&E last year.
Mrs Hume said: “We tried moisturisers that had been hailed as miracle creams but nothing seemed to work. We started using MooGoo and everyone has said they can’t believe the difference since we started using the product.”
Doctor Jinah Yoo, consultant dermatologist said: “A balm that contains types of oils extracted from plants, flowers and herbs, will help to keep moisture in the skin and improve dryness.
“Other natural ingredients contain anti-inflammatory effects which help reduce redness.”
The NHS suggest ways to treat eczema:
- Topical corticosteroids
- Topical pimecrolinums
- Bandages or special body suits
- Powerful treatments offered by dermatologists
Doctor Yoo added: “Natural skin products are becoming increasingly popular, but you need to be aware some natural ingredients can cause allergies with repeated exposure, which results in red, itchy, dry skin in the area the product is applied.
“Therefore, it is best to patch test before using it regularly at home by applying the cream for a week on a small part of the skin.”
You should be cautious when scratching eczema as this could damage the skin which can itself cause more eczema to occur.
“Deep scratching also causes bleeding and increases the risk of your skin becoming infected. Keep your nails short and clean to minimise damage to the skin form unintentional scratching.
If certain fabrics irritate your skin, avoid wearing these and rather opt for softer, fine-weaved fabrics which are gentler on the skin.
Keep your room cool during the summer nights as heat can aggravate the condition and avoid using soaps that may affect your skin.