Could being germaphobic actually lead to conditions like eczema, allergies, and psoriasis? It’s getting more sterile, with all the information people can accumulate about germs and diseases today. Allergies are more common in developed countries that have access to air-conditioning, upgraded windows, and home insulation and air cleaners such as air cleaners. There are fewer reported cases of allergies and allergen byproducts such as asthma and eczema in developing countries.
Because of all these ways of eliminating the natural entry of microbes into our body, our body becomes less adaptable to ward off disease. Our bodies are designed through our innate immune system to produce antibodies to destroy germs. Society today is trying to keep all germs out before they have a chance to attack. These methods are harmful to the development of the immune system. When there is a lack of microorganisms in the body, the system does not “learn” the steps necessary to fight disease.
One consequence of being so sterile is that children and adults suffer from allergies, asthma, psoriasis, and eczema. These are four common reactions to a person not dealing with germs. There are many topical treatments for these conditions, but they rarely have a curative effect. To treat these diseases, we need to dig deeper.
Allowing yourself to suffer from the onset of a cold to its end can help your body fight the next cold more efficiently and ultimately protect you from actually catching a cold or even the flu. One of the most important ways to help yourself is to eat well. By consuming more vegetables and fruits, your system will clean itself. Vitamin E and omega 3 fish oil can help restore needed moisturizing compounds in your skin. Try to eat more organic products. Most of the food grown these days is missing soil nutrients because of all the pesticides in the soil.
Eczema is an embarrassing, non-contagious disease that presents as a rash on various parts of your skin. The most common places where eczema flares up are the legs, arms, back, and in most cases, the scalp. Eczema can be painful and itchy. Using a mixture of 50% apple cider vinegar and 50% water (I would use distilled), rub into infected areas. If you have eczema on the scalp, massage the mixture into the scalp and leave it for an hour. If the mixture stings, add more water to the mixture.
Many people turn to natural treatments for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, these treatments can take some time to work. Some people tend to see that this doesn’t work for them, so they give up. Find what works for others, and perhaps this will reduce the time you spend seeking treatment.