Eczema, also known as dermatitis, is a skin condition that causes itching and irritation. There are many types of eczema. Sometimes these are caused by a reaction to an allergen or irritant. There is no standard treatment for eczema, but a variety of prescription, over-the-counter, and natural remedies can help. For a very long time we have been using aloe vera for many skin related problems. Aloe vera leaves contain gel so it has been used for centuries as a natural moisturizer for dry, inflamed, irritated or itchy skin. It may provide many other benefits to the skin due to its antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant properties.

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  1. Benefits of Aloe Vera for Eczema
  2. Can Aloe Vera Treat Eczema
  3. How does Aloe Vera Affect Eczema
  4. How To Use of Aloe Vera for Eczema
  5. Type of Aloe Vera
  6. Side Effects and Risks of Aloe Vera
  7. How long does it take for Aloe vera to Treat Eczema
  8. Summary
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Aloe vera is a plant rich in antioxidants whose prolonged use can heal damaged skin. Aloe vera can also heal scratches and burns and maintaining skin moisture, reducing inflammation are the major benefits of aloe vera. It has antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties, which are helpful in wound healing.

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Aloe vera has the following properties that may help with eczema symptoms:

  • antioxidant properties
  • antimicrobial

  • immune booster

  • heals wounds

 

Eczema causes the skin to crack and bleed, increasing the chances of a person getting skin infections. The antimicrobial effects of aloe vera may help prevent these infections. The wound healing properties of aloe vera can help in quick healing of skin blemishes. There are many other health benefits of using aloe vera as well.

  • Aloe vera gel is an effective moisturizer and increases the water level in the skin. Hydrating the skin can help reduce the tightness and itching caused by eczema.
  • Aloe vera has antibacterial, antifungal effects that can help prevent infections.

  • The anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera can reduce inflamed eczema and provide relief from itching.

  • Some research has found that aloe vera may increase the absorption of hydrocortisone into the skin. Using aloe vera along with a doctor's treatment may be more effective than using the cream alone.

 

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Using aloe vera for eczema may help enhance skin growth and healing. Because of its natural antioxidant properties, aloe vera helps with other skin problems, including:

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People can use aloe vera products in the same way as other moisturizers but a person should consult a doctor before adopting aloe vera as a treatment.

When using aloe vera, one should apply the gel directly to the affected area of the skin and massage gently, or you can also use aloe vera juice. Aloe vera has many benefits after going inside the body, it purifies the blood, brings glow to the skin and eliminates many other health related problems.

The skin should be cleaned with unscented soap and water, then aloe vera should be applied to the eczema to prevent drying of the skin. Keep in mind that the gel may be sticky at first. Generally, you can apply aloe vera two to four times a day for relief, but still check with your doctor.


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You can break an aloe vera leaf and extract its gel, but this is not very practical for daily use. Look for a product that has the highest concentration of pure aloe vera, whether it's juice or a cream or gel. For example, you can take aloe vera juice from my upchar . Stay away from gels with added fragrance or alcohol. Both can cause additional irritation.

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Aloe vera is generally safe, but it may cause mild skin reactions, such as itching or burning, in some people. To avoid these adverse effects, use aloe vera on a small area of skin first and check for irritation or allergy.

Talk to your doctor if the following symptoms appear:

  • pus

  • increased swelling

  • Pain

  • increased redness

  • feeling warm to the touch

Aloe vera is generally safe for use in children and infants.

 

While there is no standard cure for eczema and no time limit, Aloe Vera can provide relief for itchy, dry skin. Some people get immediate relief after applying a cooling gel to the affected areas of their skin. If you have mild to moderate eczema then you can adopt the solution of applying aloe vera.

 
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Talk to your primary care doctor or dermatologist about using aloe vera. Before prescribing the prescribed treatments, your doctor will definitely ask for how long and for what purpose you have been using it, only then will he suggest a better treatment for you.

 

Dr Shishpal Singh

Dr Shishpal Singh

Dermatology
5 Years of Experience

Dr. Sarish Kaur Walia

Dr. Sarish Kaur Walia

Dermatology
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Dr. Rashmi Aderao

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