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Goat Milk and Eczema

Goat Milk and Eczema

Are You Helping Your Eczema with Goat Milk?

The word eczema is used to describe a variety of skin conditions. Some of these include atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, nummular eczema, and seborrheic dermatitis. Whatever the type, the result is irritated and inflamed skin that sometimes oozes, sometimes cracks and peels, and most often itches.

There are some estimates that eczema affects over 30 million people in the United States. While infants and young children are most affected, many people continue to suffer from eczema into their adult years. Unfortunately, the number of eczema sufferers is on the rise.

Nobody knows exactly what causes eczema. Some hypothesize it is related to or caused by genetics, food allergies, asthma, overactive immune responses, allergens, stress, environmental factors, or sickness. Unfortunately, there also are no known cures for eczema. Most treatments are designed to relieve the itching associated with eczema, so as to prevent scratching which can lead to infections. To this end, lotions and creams (often containing steroids) are prescribed.

The best thing that you can do to treat eczema is to improve the body’s overall health and immune system by eating a healthy diet and removing as many chemicals that come in contact with the skin as possible.

Clean, raw goat milk from healthy goats is a great way to promote the intestinal health of anyone, but it is particularly important for those who suffer from eczema. According to Thomas Crowne, MD:

“In trying to understand eczema on a deeper level, the first issue to address, as with all allergic and auto-immune diseases, is the fact that the antibodies that cause auto-immune reactions are made against foreign proteins that have found their way into the bloodstream. Whether we are talking about foreign food antigens (food allergies), or auto-immune reactions, the issue is not so much stopping the toxic skin reaction that results in the eczema, but rather sealing and healing the gut in order to stop the leakage of foreign proteins into the blood stream, either from food or other sources. Healing the micro-flora of the gut, healing the micro-villi of the gut, and stopping the absorption of antigenic proteins is the key to stopping the vicious cycle that results in chronic eczema.”

Unlike pasteurized milk, raw goat milk still contains enzymes and healthy bacteria that should be present in the intestinal tract. If you do not have a source of clean raw goat milk from healthy goats, a high quality yogurt with lots of healthy bacteria is your next best source.

Using goat milk soap on the skin is highly effective in providing eczema relief. Those who suffer from eczema should use an unscented goat milk soap in order to reduce the possibility of further irritants. You should also switch to an unscented laundry soap that is not made with detergents, irritants, or optical brighteners.