TREATING ECZEMA WITH FISH OIL

There are many skin conditions , like eczema which is also known as Atopic dermatitis. It is an inflammatory condition where the skin gets affected. It’s a chronic disease which starts early in life.

The symptoms include itching, dryness, redness of the skin and can also result in skin lesions. These adverse symptoms can negatively impact the quality of life, sleep,  mood disturbances, and issues with self-esteem.

Multifactorial reasons lead to this condition such as skin barrier abnormalities, immune system dysregulation, genetic origin, and environmental exposure.

It is commonly treated with topical medicated creams, moisturisers, oral medications including steroids and injections.  Fortunately, several herbal or anti-inflammatory supplements, dietary and lifestyle changes can help benefit eczema.

The goal is to control the symptoms and prevent flare -ups by reducing inflammation. Chronic inflammation can lead to increased risk of diseases and adverse health effects. Eczemia occurs due to inflammation of the nervous system and skin.

Fish oil, with anti inflammatory properties due to the presence of omega 3 fatty acids, Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and Dococsahexaenoic Acid (DHA)  may act by inhibiting the inflammatory proteins production and counter inflammatory effects.

Although, fish oil is known to help deal with inflammatory diseases ,such as rheumatoid arthritis , Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)  and recent  studies have suggested that it may have the potential to benefit condition of eczema.

As per a study conducted in 2012, it was found that treatment with fish oil significantly improved the symptoms of itchiness.  (Hextall etal, 2012).

Another study, proved  that supplementing omega-3 fats along with zinc and vitamin E, helped reduce inflammation and severity of the symptoms in individuals.

According to FDA, it has been suggested that the combined intake of DHA and EPA with no more than 2,000 mg from supplements is considered safe.

In conclusion, Eczema is a chronic skin inflammation disorder which needs treatment and more of natural therapies like fish oil may offer benefits to certain extent. Although, research has shown promising results in reduction of eczema symptoms but further research is needed to understand how it helps. Also, consult your doctor before introducing fish oil in your routine.

References :-

Dietary supplements for established atopic eczema.Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Feb 15;(2):CD005205. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD005205.pub3.

Ericksen and Kare.Open trial of supplements of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals in atopic dermatitis.J Dermatolog Treat. 2006;17(2):82-5.

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