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Eczema

Eczema

Natural eczema remedies for dry, itchy, inflamed skin with crusty lesions/bumps on cats and dogs.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout the body. Immune cells are designed to function in conjunction with one another to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders, such as allergens. When your animal’s immune system reacts to an irritating substance, it is considered to be an allergic reaction.

Eczema is a skin condition that refers to inflammation of the skin. It is also known as dermatitis and is characterized by itching and dry, scaly red patches. Not only does eczema cause tremendous discomfort for an animal and it can also often result in unexpected flare-ups triggered by allergic reactions, fleas or environmental factors. This condition affects both cats and dogs of all breeds and is most common in animals with sensitive skin.

Symptoms commonly associated with eczema:

Itching that may range from moderate to severe in certain areas

Lesions on areas of skin which lose hair (back of the paws, abdomen, muzzle, and lips).

Inflamed areas that may bleed when scratched or ooze watery fluids

Blistering

Cracked, painful skin

Persistent scratching of a particular area

Persistent licking of a particular area

The appearance of a red, painful-looking sores, often overnight.

Scaly, rough or oozing areas on the skin, usually accompanied by hair loss.

Related conditions include:

Flea-bite Dermatitis (Caused by flea saliva residue on your pet’s skin)

Allergic contact dermatitis (your pet’s delayed hypersensitivity to allergens such as bleach, fertilizers, carpet cleaners and flea collars)

Atopic dermatitis (an allergic-type reaction that is accompanied by wheezing, asthma, and very dry skin).

Seborrheic dermatitis (yellow, greasy scales like dandruff on the skin of certain breeds – especially those with wrinkles or folds).

Autosensitization dermatitis (itchy rash that occurs in response to an intense inflammatory process somewhere else on the body, especially fungal infections).

Lichen simplex chronicus (rash caused by long-term scratching of an area producing thickened skin).

Pyotraumatic dermatitis (Often referred to as a "hot spot" - red, moist, hairless, painful-looking sore that appears suddenly. Often, this licking and scratching goes on at night, so the sudden appearance of the sore can be an unpleasant surprise)

Canine acral lick dermatitis (a fairly common skin condition in dogs. Affected dogs usually spend a considerable part of their day licking at one particular spot on one leg. An infected wound eventually arises at the site).

Canine sarcoptic mange (an extremely irritating condition caused by the Sarcoptes mite most often affecting a dog's abdomen, chest, legs, and ears)

Feline notoedric mange (similar to canine sarcoptic mange, Notoedres cati is a microscopic mite that infests the skin of cats typically affecting the ears, face, and neck).

The exact cause of eczema is not known. Researchers believe that hereditary factors as well as a malfunction within the immune system may contribute to the cause of eczema.

Certain factors or triggers may also be responsible for the outbreaks of eczema and these include:

Irritants or substances such as household cleaners or detergents and chemicals

Allergens such as plant pollens and any number of pollutants

Sensitivity to certain foods (particularly dairy) as well as chemical food additives, preservatives and colorings

Changes in temperature or humidity

Stress

Hot weather and an animal’s perspiration (especially if they have folds in the skin that trap fungus or bacteria)

Flea Saliva

Fungal infections

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies have been used for millennia to safely and gently reduce inflammation, boost immunity, to soothe itchy skin, to relieve itching, scratching, redness, infection and to promote shiny, glossy skin and coat health, as a tonic to expel toxins and support overall dermal support.

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains plant and marine extracts that promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild tissue, joints, bones and muscles, supports healthy immune and inflammatory response, for rheumatism, for arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, Degenerative Joint Disease, Intervertebral Disk Disease and arthrosis, for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases, for pain, as a pain reliever for swelling and lack of mobility, for overall optimal health and function and as a natural alternative for tumors and cysts.

Skin Nirvana – (learn more) functions as a natural antibiotic, antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, immune modular and antioxidant to help  repair the effects of topical skin wounds, scars, burns, hot spots, allergies, insect bites, environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms, both bacterial and viral, containing a natural antiobitic base capable of fighting skin bacteria related to Escherichia Coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomona Aeruginosa and Propionibacterium acnes.

Shake Ur Groove Thing! – (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function and purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification, used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating, supports correct balance of intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system, for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities, as a general skin support, and provides a healthy solution for waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids.

Control your pet’s fleas regularly! This is key in the battle against dermatitis.

If you bath your pets – do not bath them too often. Make sure you use a natural, gentle shampoo – and always dry them off properly.

Never use human perfumes, moisturizers or talc on your pet’s skin. 
Treat other rashes, especially fungal infections, even though they may not seem related and watch out for infection.

Avoid dressing your pet in clothing: the skin needs to ‘breathe’ and in the case of dermatitis related to allergies or triggers, some detergents may be at fault for your pet’s irritated skin.

Keep your pet’s nails short to avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area

Related Products:

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) supports the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content, promotes optimal immune responsepromotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat, reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, provides cellular support of tissue, skin and coat, for gastrointestinal distress, as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers and tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations, and in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis and Chronic Lyme disease (CLD).

Baby Love Bits – (learn more) helps to build, promote and support muscle, joint, bone, cartilage and tendon health, mobility and flexibility, as a powerhouse Probiotic Vitamin B complex, supports the Central Nervous System, stimulates immunity and healthy metabolism, aids digestion and promotes whole body microbial balance, improves liver function and liver health, purifies whole bodily systems, keeps the skin, hair, eyes and mouth healthy, for dental disease, gout, Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), for infectious diarrhea, including rotavirus diarrhea, for nervousness and fatigue.

Conventional Remedies:

Generally, eczema is diagnosed based on the history and appearance of the rash. Your vet will inspect the affected area and if possible, the exact type of eczema or skin condition is identified, although this can be difficult. Some skin tests can be performed to help identify the problem. If allergic eczema is suspected a 'patch' test can also be performed where a small amount of the allergen is rubbed onto your pet’s skin and the skin is monitored for 2-5 days for a reaction.

Although, there is no cure for eczema a combination of conventional medications, natural therapies and modifying your lifestyle can help.

If your pet’s eczema results from flea bites, action should be taken to rid the home of fleas. Corticosteroids such as injectable dexamethasone and oral antibiotics may be given to calm the itching and inflammation – however these medications may have side effects. ‘Hot spots’ need prompt attention to prevent bacterial infection.

Be aware that topical steroids can have significant side effects and most topical steroid creams need to be prescribed by a health care provider.

 

 

 


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