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Dealing with wet/oozing/infected eczema is one of the most uncomfortable feelings in the world. When you have it on your hands and feet, it is extremely difficult to deal with if you aren’t using any prescription medication such as steroid based creams or hydrocortisones. Eczema on my feet got so worse during my topical steroid withdrawal (TSW), I was prescribed antibiotics. However, I refused to apply any creams I was given. I was determined to cure it myself naturally through diet, home remedies and supplements. Below are the top five things I did to stop the wet, oozing and infected eczema.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Almost every day, I soaked my feet in the bathtub filled with warm water mixed in the apple cider vinegar. I would soak my feet in it for about 20-30 minutes. Be prepared for it to sting a lot until its get better. My feet actually felt better after the apple cider vinegar foot baths. The oozing slowed considerably, it wasn’t as wet and it felt cleaner. The apple cider vinegar was excellent at killing the bacteria allowing my body to slowly heal itself. I used Bragg Live Food Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Any brand will do as long as it is unrefined and unfiltered so it retains most of the beneficial bacteria.
If the stinging sensation is unbearable, you can start off by diluting the apple cider vinegar with water. Then soak a cotton ball in the solution and dab the affected area. It will still sting but not as much as soaking the entire affected area. Visit Dr.Axe’s page on the numerous health benefits of ACV at the end of the page.
Once you dry off the affected area, make sure to apply some sort of natural cream to keep it moisturized and help with eczema. My go-to product was the Seabuckthorn Eczema & Dermatitis Soothing Salve. I went through numerous products and this was the one that worked best. I used it almost everyday for a few months. What’s so great about this product? It helped with the inflammation (since my feet was swollen for months) and helped fight the infection. See the product description below from SBT themselves:
“Antimicrobial, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory natural ingredients help to reduce the painful itch and inflammation associated with eczema and dermatitis. Transdermal and super healing SBT Seabuckthorn Seed & Fruit Oils help this salve penetrate deep and heal the various layers of the skin. This salve heals and repairs dry, damaged, cracked, chapped, sore, and inflamed skin. As with all of our Soothing Salves it also provides a critical moisture barrier and helps protect from environmental damage. Effective at naturally combating the painful effects of eczema and dermatitis. Safe for children and babies. 100% Natural, petroleum free product.”
2. Epsom Salt
After a while, the apple cider vinegar wasn’t as effective as when I first started using it. I realized my body quickly adapted to the different remedies I was using and the products. I knew I had to switch it up. After researching alternative methods, I came across Epsom Salt. Epsom salts are usually used to relieve muscle tension and inflammation. However, the Epsom salts were excellent at drying out the wet/oozing eczema. Again, make sure to moisturize after drying off. If you want to learn more about the health benefits of Epsom Salt, please visit Dr. Axe’s great article on it here.
3. Dr Bronner’s Tea Tree Oil based soap
The days I didn’t soak my hands/feet with apple cider vinegar and Epsom salt, I used Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree oil soap to treat the wet, oozing and infected eczema. The Tea tree is excellent at killing any bacteria due to its antiseptic properties. Heads up, it will sting. Tree oil is great for bacterial & fungal infections, eczema, psoriasis and more. While dealing with Topical Steroid Withdrawal, the tea tree oil based soap definitely kept the bacteria at bay. If you want to learn more about the benefits and use of Tea Tree oil, again please visit Dr. Axe’s article on it here.
4. Bentonite clay bath/masks
I wish had incorporated bentonite clay earlier into my home remedies while going through TSW, but better late than never! Bentonite clay helps with skin and allergy issues, provides minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and potassium for the body, detoxifies you and speeds up the healing process for all skin types. All these benefits are crucial when recovering from TSW and when dealing with eczema. I am working on a dedicated post related to the clay, so keep an eye out!
After making your bentonite clay paste, apply it to the affected areas and wait for about 30 minutes. You want it to dry out so the bentonite clay can draw out the toxins from your body and skin allowing it to heal and repair itself faster. After using it for about a week, I saw improvements on my skin. It was less red, wrinkly and much softer.
You can also make your own bentonite clay bath so that you are drawing out all the toxins from your entire body which will speed up the healing process. Make sure to moisturize right after with a natural cream or body butter.
Be patient. It’s not going to happen over night but you will see progress in a week or two if you stick with it.
Again, these are not overnight fixes. Treat these home remedies like it is medication or you won’t stick to it. It took a few months of using apple cider vinegar and Epsom salt baths to completely stop the wet, oozing, infected eczema. If it helps, create a recurring calendar event or reminder to make sure you are incorporating these home remedies at least few times a week.
Hang in there!