Vancouver Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Marni Ross, ND
Eczema
Eczema is a non-contagious inflammatory skin condition that produces itchy, red, rash-like patches. Symptoms include:

  • Itchy, red rashlike patches of skin that are dry, rough, scaly or cracked
  • Small red pimplelike blisters
  • Leaking ("weeping") of fluid, crusting and flaking in affected areas
  • Chafing and peeling
  • Thickened, dry patches of skin in persistent cases
  • Itching, swelling and inflammation in lower legs and around ankles (stasis dermatitis)

Goals of Naturopathic Treatment:

The diagnosis and treatment of eczema can be very frustrating to patients sometimes because the underlying cause is often unknown.  Some possible causes include food allergies, Candidiasis (yeast overgrowth), essential fatty acid deficiency,systemic (whole body) inflammation and excess histamine release, nutrient deficiency and environmental factors. Once the underlying cause is determined, Naturopathic treatments can be used to address a food or environmental allergy, replenish a deficiency or reduce inflammation in the body through dietary modifications and nutritional and herbal supplements.