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My skin itches is it eczema? August 29, 2016 13:07

So you got the itch and you want to scratch but what can it be? It may just be on a small area or the whole body! Itchy skin, also known as pruritus is an irritating sensation and with a range of probable causes. It can be linked to skin diseases and infection but more commonly its a symptom of atopic dermatitis. There’s a wealth of information out there on the causes and treatments. Here are a few to get you started:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/311473.php This recent article examines the causes of itchy skin. 

http://www.healthline.com/health/itching Lists 70 possible causes of itching (along with useful photo examples) including allergic eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and more.   

http://www.dermnetnz.org/topics/itch-pruritus/ Gives a more closer look at some of the systemic disorders, occurrence and treatment for the itch. 

 

As with any medical concern it is best to seek help from your doctor or dermatologist first. Finding the cause of the itching and effective treatment of any underlying condition is the first step and can only be done by a medical practitioner.  If eczema is identified then have a look at our Eczacol product page for safe effective treatment and be on the road to an itch free life. 

 

*Please remember to always seek medical advice. This article is written generically about eczema and should not supersede any advice received by a medical professional about an individual condition. If you think you have eczema, atopic dermatitis or any other condition get the advice of your Family Doctor especially before beginning or changing any course of medication.


What are IBS spasms and cramps? November 25, 2015 10:00

Sufferers have described irritable bowel syndrome spasms and cramps as:

  • Discomfort
  • Abdominal pain
  • A sharp stabbing
  • A ‘migraine’ in the stomach

Unfortunately one of the most unpleasant symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome is pain. This pain can be caused by intestinal spasms or cramps that can lead to decreased or increased movement in the bowels and a feeling of constipation, gassiness or bloating.

“A cramp or spasm is a sudden or prolonged involuntary muscular contraction or convulsive movement” – as defined in the Oxford dictionary.

When the pain is new
Spasms and cramps can be painful and alarming. When diagnosing IBS your doctor will ask you about the types of pain you have experienced. If you are experiencing a different pain to your typical symptoms and you have concerns we recommend that you speak to your doctor immediately.

Ongoing effects
IBS flare ups can be linked to stress and anxiety. Help yourself break the pain-stress-symptom cycle by making sure you manage your pain with a plan outlined with an IBS specialist or your GP so that this doesn’t lead to increased stress and flare up’s of your condition.

There are many methods considered helpful for alleviating pain, if you would like to try IBSACOL and see how it could relieve your symptoms check out our 2 month supply option.

Your doctor may also suggest:

  • Hot water bottles or wheat bags
  • Peppermint oil
  • Medications and pain relief prescribed by your doctor
  • Exercise
  • Stress relieving practices
  • Hydration

*If you have IBS and are experiencing unusual pain unlike pain you have already described to your doctor please seek medical advice immediately. This article is written generically about IBS and should not supersede any advice received by a medical professional about an individual condition. If you think you have IBS or any other condition get the advice of your Family Doctor especially before beginning or changing any course of medication.