Dealing with wet, weeping, oozing and infected eczema is one of the most uncomfortable feelings in the world.
You are most likely dealing with this because your eczema is severe or your are going through topical steroid withdrawal (TSW) or red skin syndrome (RSS).
I dealt with both eczema and TSW
The first time my eczema got infected was because I was always scratching it. I scratched faster and harder before it could even heal. In those cases, I was prescribed antibiotics and some heavy duty prescription topicals.
I had to take those kind of medications to prevent it from spreading and getting any worse.
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.
However, I refused to apply any creams I was given. I was determined to cure it myself naturally through diet, home remedies and supplements.
This is a tight rope to walk so I carefully monitored my eczema daily. I had to be ready to intervene with medications if it got to that point.
I had to make sure it wasn’t getting any worse or spreading while I tried a combination of natural alternatives.
Below are the top five things I did to stop the wet, oozing and infected eczema.
Top 5 Natural Alternatives to Try
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 Braggs 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. 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), helped fight the infection and heal my skin. See the product description below :
“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. Dead Sea or 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 are excellent at drying out the wet, weeping, oozing eczema. Again, be ready to deal with some stinging sensations make sure to moisturize after drying off
If you can get your hands on Dead Sea Salt baths, that would be even better.
There is many beneficial minerals found in dead sea salts that will help your skin heal. Minerals found in dead sea salts are:
- detoxifying, cleansing, promotes cell metabolism, heals damaged and inflamed skin
- promote skin growth and regeneration, retain skin’s moisture, stimulate the production of antioxidants
- needed for wound healing
- antifungal, antimicrobial, antibacterial
- keeps skin moist, reduce skin puffiness
- soothing to the skin, relaxing muscles, calming nerves
3. 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.
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 TSW, the tea tree oil based soap definitely kept the bacteria at bay.
Any tea tree oil based soap bar will do just fine.
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. You can find this in a powder form at your nearest natural health food store or online.
So how do you use it? You’ll need to make it into a liquid paste by mixing the powder with the water. Keep adding in water until you get it into a liquid paste like substance.
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.
This will allow 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. I’d recommend doing this on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
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.
6. Bonus (Your Diet!)
While you are trying these different home remedies, it is very important to also work on your diet.
My diet was one of the last things I addressed because I didn’t have the mental capacity to change my diet while going through TSW.
However, I strongly recommend you to change this mindset and not to make the same mistakes I did.
By eating healthy and focusing on healing foods, this will speed up your journey. You need to heal from the inside out.
If you provide the vitamins and minerals to your body through your diet, your skin will heal and repair itself in no time.
Eating processed and packaged foods offers no nutritional value, minerals or vitamins your body needs while healing.
It actually needs to work harder to digest junk food while it should be focusing on healing.
Hang in there!
Food for Thought
There are so many alternatives, therapies, supplements and creams to try when dealing with wet/oozing/infected eczema. It can be hard to figure out what is worth your time and money.
In my opinion, if you try any combination of the 5 above and work on your diet, I can guarantee that you will see some improvements in no time. Give it at least 90 days before you look to switch things up again.
It takes sometime when you take a natural approach to see results. However, as you stick to it, things will start to snowball and you will see improvements!
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