Where did the word eczema originate from? What does eczema mean actually?

Eczema is a Latin word that originated from Ancient Greece.

The Greek word, ekzema, means cutaneous eruption. Ekzeo, also a Greek word,  means to boil out or break out.

So what does atopic dermatitis mean?

The word, atopy comes from the Greek word, atophos, meaning second place.

Dermatitis also originates from the Greek meaning skin and itis meaning inflammation.


How can this help my eczema?

We need to ask ourselves why is my skin erupting, breaking out, or boiling out, to begin with.

Prescription medication is great to help alleviate symptoms on a short-term basis.

But what it fails to do is determine the root cause of the issue.

This leads to complacency from both the doctor and the individual themselves. Why? Because it’s easier to apply creams and forget about it than to determine the root cause, which can be complex.

This is a very dangerous mindset to have because without realizing it, one’s body can become too dependent on topical steroids leading to severe withdrawal symptoms.

The body is telling you something through eczema

Eczema is more than a skin condition, especially when it gets out of hand.
It makes life hard by affecting our mind, body, spirit, and emotions.
What we put in our bodies also affects our minds, body, and emotions. This means the things we eat and the thoughts/ideas we consume.
Unfortunately, the media and our current lifestyle set us up for failure. We are bombarded with visuals all around us to eat junk food. When we start making changes to eat healthier there will be a lot of outside influences to deter us.
If you’ve noticed, the messaging around is also that we lack something. Whether it’s healthy-looking skin (buy this cream), the newest gadget, the latest fashion trend, or a new burger.
I point this out because most often than not, we don’t really need any of that.
We need to stop chasing the next thing and focus on ourselves.
We need to focus on our health and minds.
Which in turn will slowly help you heal your skin.
We need to learn to slow down (myself included!) and stop being pulled into so many directions.
I know for a fact this is one of my eczema triggers.

Ask Yourself, What Does Eczema Mean To You?

In your life and situation, what does the eczema represents?
What is it trying to tell you?
  • To take care of yourself better?
  • To slow down in life?
  • To speak up for yourself?
  • In a situation where you need to get out?
Or what do you think it’s doing to you?
  • Do you feel like it’s holding you back from achieving your dreams?
  • Does it make you feel insecure?
  • Does it give you social anxiety?
  • Does it make you depressed?

Maybe you came here looking for a scientific and medical answer to what does eczema mean.

But before you box your mind in (which may have already happened), it’s important to ask questions and self-reflect.

Because maybe, after all, you don’t need a cream or pill to manage eczema.

Maybe you just need to listen to yourself and take care of yourself, differently.

Surely, in severe cases, you are going to need some sort of medical condition.

But while you take these medications, you can always work on your long-term exit plan simultaneously.

If you have the mindset that you’ll be on medications forever, you will be on them forever.

If you are determined to eventually stop them, let’s say 6 months from now, you’ll find a way.

I know you can do this. You got this.

But sometimes we all need help. Sometimes we need a little extra guidance, motivation, and inspiration.

If that sounds like you, check out the XZMA Healing Program.

So write down in your journal or phone and ask yourself what does eczema mean to me?

I’ll be waiting to hear your answers.