Eczema is a condition in which a person's skin becomes dry, red and itchy. Symptoms are worse when a person experiences an outbreak. This often occurs as a result of coming into contact with certain irritants that are known to trigger the condition. People can use creams, natural products and changes in diet and lifestyle to control or prevent eczema outbreaks. Natural remedies cannot cure eczema, but they can help control symptoms and prevent future outbreaks.
Honey is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent, and people have used it to heal wounds for centuries.
Honey is one of the most appreciated and valued natural products that was introduced to mankind since ancient times.
Traditionally, honey has been used worldwide to treat skin disorders with a microbiological etiology.
In Ayurvedic medicine, honey is used to treat cuts and wounds, dermatitis, burns and eczema.
In modern practice, manuka honey, produced by bees that feed on the manuka tree, is applied topically in the treatment of wounds.
A 2016 study analyzed honey and how it could help with skin disorders.
Taylor and Francis Online's study said: “Studies have shown that honey that forms around the world can inhibit the growth of a variety of dermatologically important microbes.
"Studies suggest that honey can modulate the immune parameters related to the skin's immune system.
"The healing properties of honey skin have been largely attributed to its antimicrobial properties.
"It has been shown that honey and its components modulate cytokine production by a variety of cells.
"It may be that honey contributes to the healing of the skin not only through its antimicrobial properties, but also stimulates the skin's immune system to fight infections, promotes wound healing or suppresses inflammation in the skin."
Applied directly to eczema, honey may help prevent infections while moisturizing the skin and speed healing.
Studies revealed that the medicinal effect of honey may be due to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, apoptotic and antioxidant properties.
To use honey to treat eczema, apply some honey directly on the area with cotton.
You could also avoid eczema symptoms by using marigold cream, it is claimed.
It is a traditional remedy for eczema that has also been used for inflammation and burns.
The cream helps to hydrate the skin, while improving blood flow to the affected areas.