Eczema or Dermatitis is a general term for the condition when patches of skin become inflamed, itchy, red, cracked, and rough. It is characterized as a set of chronic skin disorders which may lead to the formation of blisters on body parts with slight discoloration. Eczema is a widespread disease and is affecting 5-7% of the world’s population. Seventy percent of cases start in children younger than 5 years old, and about 60% of infants who have eczema continue to have one or more symptoms in adulthood.
Eczema is not a single health state but a recognizable reaction pattern observed in a number of skin diseases. The cause is not fully understood, however, researchers have figured out common triggers of eczema flare-ups,
- dryness of skin
- raised body temperature
- excessive sweating and frequent temperature changes
- sudden drop in humidity
- food allergies and animal dander
- upper respiratory infections
The common symptoms include
- Itchy, dry, rough, flakey, inflamed, and irritated skin
- Red or brownish-gray patches
- Small, raised bumps that ooze fluid when scratched
- Intense itching
- Thickened, scaly skin is another symptom.
Prophetic Treatment of Eczema
Eczema is a very frustrating condition as it can make our daily life challenging and uncomfortable. Skin dryness due to dehydration is a major cause of Eczema, which is why skin problems were common in primordial Arabia because of its hot dry weather.
Infant children are susceptible to this eczema and quickly develop it symptoms that range from lack of sleep, periodic intense pain and irritation of the skin. Of course, if you’re a parent you want do every possible thing to help your child. Our beloved Prophet S.A.W. took special care of his skin and we can find just the right home remedies for Eczema from his Tibb and divine guidance from the Holy Quran.
Home Remedies for Eczema Treatment
1. Wear Silk Clothes For Eczema Treatment
Prophet S.A.W. allowed Sahaba to wear silk, when they complained for skin rashes.
Hazrat Anas R.A narrated,
“The Messenger of Allah had allowed Abdul Rahman bin Auf and Zubair bin AI-Awwam to wear silk garments because of the skin rash they had”. [Sahihain]
Silk is produced by silkworm and is an effective remedy. Raw silk, which is used in preparing medications and remedies, is hot and dry. When silk is used in clothes, it is mild and keeps the body temperature normal. Silk extracts are easily absorbed into the skin, allowing powerful antioxidants and amino acids to help repair damaged cells, promote cell regeneration and conditions the skin for improved promotion and resilience.
2. Avoid Scratching
Skin affected by eczema gets worse by scratching. The rashes will turn red and starts bleeding. It sometimes become impossible to resist scratching, however you can take following measures to avoid it. Holy Prophet S.A.W was always careful not to scratch the irritated area and advised to do the same. When someone was infected with conjunctivitis holy prophet S.A.W advised not to touch the inflamed area or then touch others.
Below are some basic precaution your must incorporate to avoid further irritation of Eczema
- Keeping nails really, really short and filed smooth
- Stay cool; make sure you don’t get overheated, especially in bed
- Take antihistamines and cool with an ice pack when it’s really hot and itchy
3. Do Honey Massage For Eczema Treatment
For Dermatitis treatment apply a thin layer of honey over the affected area. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes then rinse off with cool water, pat dry, and reapply another thin layer of honey 3 times throughout the day. Honey will perform all the staple tasks needed to relieve symptoms of eczema. It’s anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory which helps to speed up the healing process of broken skin.
Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. said,
“For you the treatment is twofold Honey and Quran [Ibn-e-Maja]”
4. Diluted Apple Cider Vinegar Massage
The best way to use Apple Cider Vinegar is to mix it with equal amount of water. (Note: For sensitive skin, dilute the ¼ cup of Apple Cider Vinegar with 3 cups of water.) For Eczema treatment apply to the affected area using a cotton ball and repeat twice daily for best results. Apple cider vinegar is an effective antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial agent that relieves itching, especially associated with dry skin and eczema.
Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. Said
“The Comfort of Man is Vinegar” [Muslim]
5. Cupping Twice a Year to Treat and Avoid Eczema
Hijama or cupping is not just a Eczema treatment, it’s a miracle. Cupping draws all impurities, toxins, pain and inflammation away from the deeper tissues and organs towards the skin where it can be eliminated. Cupping actions facilitate the skin healing process and gives it a new life.
Holy Prophet S.A.W said that during the journey, every company of Angels that that I passed by would say,
“O Muhammad! Order your Ummah (nation) to use Hijamah “.
6. Consume and Anoint Olive Oil
In Al-Tirmidhi it is stated that
“Eat Olive Oil and anoint yourself with it”.
Adding olive oil to your routine foods and anointment fights against eczema. Olive oil contains three major antioxidants i.e. vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols. It is a natural moisturizer and protects skin in dry weather.
7. Breast Feed your Infants
The best native medicine and home remedy for eczema in a newborn is breast feeding. Allah has preserved anti-allergic and disease fighting agents in it. The WHO and other pediatrics organizations suggest exclusive breastfeeding for six months. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Washington DC) revealed that breastfeeding reduces the chances of eczema from 27% to 45% in newborn babies. In Islam Breastfeeding is the birthright of a child, Allah S.T says in Quran.
“Mothers shall breastfeed their children for two whole years, for those who wish to complete the term” (Chapter Al Baqra, Verse 233)