Eczema is commonly confused with psoriasis. This is because they both cause red, inflamed and irritating areas of the skin. Psoriasis causes well-defined, thick, red, scaly patches, commonly in areas like the elbows and knees. It is common to see psoriasis on the face, buttocks, and scalp of a child. You’ll also commonly see thick patches of skin with overlying redness. Eczema tends to appear in the crooks of the knees and the elbows but can also show in the neck and the face.
15 million people in the US have eczema as it effects two to four percent of the population (and in equal amounts in men and women).
About ten percent of children have it and half of all affected children will have it for the rest of their lives. Most people who suffer from eczema have a hard time finding successful treatments.
Eczema is caused by a hyper-sensitivity to environmental stimuli; for instance, sensitivity to certain fabrics, soaps, laundry detergents, certain foods, environmental allergens like dust and pets, as well as viruses, cold, dry air and itchy materials like wool. Stress and sudden changes in temperature can also trigger a reaction. Additionally, some health experts link eczema to a mineral deficiency.
How does an infrared sauna treatment work for eczema?
Infrared sauna therapy brings fantastic results for those who suffer from eczema. Here’s why:
• Infrared sauna use on a consistent basis improves the immune system and helps to rid toxins inside your body. This helps clean the pores in the skin and to control the skin inflammation. This helps to control the itching often associated with eczema and starts the healing process and repairing skin.
• The deep penetration of infrared light (and subsequent absorption in your body) causes increased blood flow, better circulation, and allows more oxygenated blood carrying more nutrients to your cells. Essentially, this allow for your cells and pores to work in harmony and as a result, regenerates your skin.
• It is my personal opinion after seeing up close how an infrared sauna can clear eczema that an infrared sauna will boost the user’s immune system so much that it makes their overall health much better. The epidermis (the skin) is the largest organ of the body; because of this, the skin’s overall health is often a good indicator of the personal overall health. So by using an infrared sauna, the eczema sufferer gets healthier and their skin begins to clear up. Infrared saunas are also extremely successful in relieving stress, which is also a trigger for eczema. You will be amazed at how much more relaxed you feel after even just one infrared sauna session.
It is recommended that people who suffer from eczema use an infrared sauna at least three times a week–however, I would say use one everyday if you can. The more often the better and the more of a boost your immune system will receive. The better your immune system is, the clearer your skin will be! If you don’t think so, I’ll give you 30 days to try out one of our saunas to find out!