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Does vinegar help if I have eczema?

Does vinegar help if I have eczema?

Probably not.: I know there are on-line testimonials praising the therapeutic value of vinegar. In my experience it makes you smell like a salad, and that's about it. There are plenty of legitimate eczema treatments available. Your dermatologist can help you choose one that is appropriate for you. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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Atopic Dermatitis (Definition)

A range of persistent skin conditions that include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, or bleeding. The cause of eczema is unknown but is presumed to be a combination of ...Read more


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I read that vinegar or baking soda are both good to put in the bathwater for eczema. How is that possible when one is an acid and the other is a base?

I read that vinegar or baking soda are both good to put in the bathwater for eczema. How is that possible when one is an acid and the other is a base?

Can soothe: Baking soda in the tub may have a soothing anti itch effect as part of an overall regimen including barrier repair creams such as cerave and topical medications. Vinegar is used for it's anti infective effect but is best for preventing yeast infections in folds. ...Read more

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Is apple cider vinegar good for eczema?

Is apple cider vinegar good for eczema?

Hadn't heard that...: I am a big fan of olive oil (extra virgin) as moisturizer for eczema. As i tell my patients, use the olive olive, but don't put your kid in the salad. I have not heard of vinegar as it would seem to dry out the skin, rather than moisturize it. Eczema is a tough disease and keeping the skin moist is key. Good luck... ...Read more

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Can vinegar be used to clean wounds?

Can vinegar be used to clean wounds?

Bad Idea: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, vinegar, bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover wound with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infecte. ...Read more

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Can vinegar have any benefit to the body?

Can vinegar have any benefit to the body?

Apple cider does: Organic apple cider vinegar is believed to have many benefits. Especially as a digestive aid. When you take a teaspoon in some water before a meal, it is supposed to help you digest your food. It is also an excellent vaginal douche for balancing flora when you tend to have yeast infections. 1 tablespoon in a quart of warm water. ...Read more

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Why are strawberries and balsamic vinegar good?

Why are strawberries and balsamic vinegar good?

Antioxidants: Strawberries contain antioxidants and studies suggest they can lower low-density lipoprotein levels and help to prevent atherosclerosis. Balsamic vinegar contains polyphenol (antioxidants) and can assist with digestion by increasing the function of pepsin. ...Read more

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Why do I keep smelling vinegar when there is not any around?

Why do I keep smelling vinegar  when there is not any around?

Olfactory: Olfactory hallucinations are not common. I can't really say it is hallucination as i don't know your setting and your triggers. But since some of the problems associated with olfactory hallucination can be bad, it is best for you to see your doctor, or be referred to neuro or ENT and if necessary do tests or imaging procedures to make sure. ...Read more

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Can eczema make u sick?

Can eczema make u sick?

Yes, it could: Eczema is certainly an annoying physical condition but hardly a serious or life threatening one. However, eczema herpeticum, very uncommon complication occuring in individuals with eczema when they are infected with herpes virus, can be serious if not treated promptly. ...Read more

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How do I deal with eczema?

How do I deal with eczema?

Moisturizers: The most important treatment for eczema is the use of moisturizers. Avoid drying soaps, such as antibacterial or deodorant soaps. After bath or shower, pat the skin dry and apply a good moisturizing cream (creams are better than lotions which are mostly water). For very irritated areas, use a Hydrocortisone cream before applying the moisturizer. Reapply moisturizer frequently as needed. ...Read more

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What does eczema look like?

What does eczema look like?

Rash: It is a scaly and itchy rash. There may be oozing blisters. There is often skin color change (lighter or darker) and if it has been around a while and the patient has scratched it, the skin can become leather-like. It is most common in infants and can be associated with asthma and/or hay fever. ...Read more

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Does vinegar give us energy?

Does vinegar give us energy?

How do you mean?: If you're asking does vinegar give us "energy" by being a magical "natural" stimulant of the kind hawked by health quacks, no. We convert acetic acid to acetyl-CoA which actually does get used as fuel in the Krebs cycle. But none of us consumes more than very small amounts of vinegar, far too little to make any difference. Consuming enough vinegar would strip all the enamel off your teeth. ...Read more

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Is bag balm good for eczema?

Is bag balm good for eczema?

Hand Eczema: This Balm is great for hand dermatits/eczema that is severe (dry, cracked skin). I wouldn't recommend for generalized eczema. Try Vanicream, Eucerin, or Cetaphil for daily use to whole body. ...Read more

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How can I best treat eczema ?

How can I best treat eczema ?

Depends on the : Severity of eczema.All of them need to be treated with prescription topical steroids.Some may need antibiotics as the skin become infected from scratching so much .Some do need combination of two strong topical steroids to control it.Use moisturising creams , skin cleansers instead of soap, avoid using warm water , take some antihistamine for itching, see md or dermatologist if severe. ...Read more

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What can I do about my eczema?

What can I do about my eczema?

Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress. ...Read more

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How do you treat severe eczema?

How do you treat severe eczema?

Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress. ...Read more

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What is a good eczema ointment?

What is a good eczema ointment?

Depends: It depends on the severity of the eczema -- generally you want to use the weakest medicine that will fix the problem. If you have fissures (cracks) in the skin, creams can sting, ointments (vaseline-like) work better. Strength ranges from Hydrocortisone (over the counter) to very strong prescription meds. ...Read more

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Why and how do people get eczema

Why and how do people get eczema

Many reasons: Too many reasons why people get it. Contact allergens(allergic contact dermatitis), genetic background(atopic dermatitis), dry environment or aging(xerotic eczema), stress(dyshydrotic eczema), stress plus possible yeast infecion(seborrheic dermatitis) are just some of them. ...Read more

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What can I take to treat eczema?

Various treatments: Treatment of eczema occurs at many levels. If you know what you are allergic or sensitive, foremost is prevention of the eczema by avoidance of the triggers. If has flare-up. Can use topical steroids, or in very severe flare-ups, oral steroids. Oral antihistamines for itching (like benadryl). Most important is daily skin care. Use moisturizing body wash, liberally apply moisturizers, use sunscreen. ...Read more

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Will eczema go away permanently?

Sometimes or not: Eczema tends to be a chronic skin condition although for some people it does clear over time. Others will continue to have problems. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Deshidrotic Eczema (Definition)

A condition in which tiny, fluid-filled blisters appear on the palms and fingers. ...Read more