We see many commercials for topical creams that are supposed to “treat” eczema. However, over 35 million Americans still suffer from eczema on a daily basis. Could there be more to the puzzle than just what we see on the outside of the body?
Eczema is where patches of the skin becomes rough and inflammed. These patches can become itchy which may also lead to bleeding. Typically they are found on the hands and knees.
While many people use topical creams or lotions to dry and reduce inflammation and re-hydrate the skin, there is usually an underlying issue that is more internal which is causing the eczema. In this episode, we talk with Dr. Stephanie Davis to learn more about ways to treat eczema.
Why Does Eczema Flare Up
This is a fantastic question to ask. If you suffer from eczema, chances are you go through waves where it is really bad, then it gets better. It typically isn't due to your skincare treatments that you are doing, but more about what is going on within your body.
Each person can have different triggers that can flare them up. For some people, it can be stress-related. For others, it could be a heavy metal issue. These are just some reasons why a flareup can occur.
Because there are so many reasons why you may suffer from a flareup, it is important to find a practitioner to work with who can look at your health history and really break it down to find the root causes to the eczema.
In this episode, Dr. Stephanie Davis and I discuss:
»Differences between conventional and functional medicine
»How to categorize treatment starting points for a patient
»Some leading predispositions that can cause eczema
»Strategies to reduce the triggers that cause flareups
[2:15] What made you so interested in entering the research field
[5:00] Do you feel your time in research better prepared you for working with patients
[6:30] Can you talk about your own experiences with eczema
[8:55] Did you correlate stress to the eczema, or was it later on that you discovered this
[11:10] Going through an experience that your patients go through really helps the practitioner to understand what the patients feel
[13:40] Why does eczema seem to present itself somewhere on the hands
[16:10] Differences between conventional and functional medicine
[22:30] When you work with someone, what categories are you looking for to work with
[24:30] If you can work on the common issues first, it can save a lot of money in the long run
[25:45] Have you discovered some of the main prominent issues to start at with your patients
[29:10] Dr. Stephanie tries not to push too hard with protocols so it isn't overwhelming
[30:00] Make sure to focus on the micronutrients because cutting out dairy and gluten isn't going to fix everything
[31:30] Why is detoxification so important when treating skin conditions
[34:55] What are some of your favorite nutrients for the liver
[36:40] Is there a place and time for topical creams
[39:10] What are your routines to avoid eczema breakouts
[41:50] Do you have a morning ritual to prepare yourself for the day
[43:00] If you had 1 minute to teach someone how to improve their health, what would it be
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