Do you suffer from ankle eczema? If so, you’ll probably notice that your ankles are itchy, with patches of red, dry, and irritated skin. In this post, we’ll go over some causes of this condition and share some natural tips on how to treat symptoms. Read on!
Please keep in mind that although what we discuss in this post can relieve eczema, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe eczema symptoms like an infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.
What is Eczema?
Eczema is a common skin condition that affects over 30 million people in the United States alone. While there are many different types of eczema each with their own characteristics, in general, the skin condition is characterized by patches of inflamed and irritated skin. These rashes will likely be red, extremely dry, and incredibly itchy. Depending on the degree of severity, you may also notice swelling or rough, leathery patches.
Causes of Ankle Eczema
As with all types of eczema, researchers and doctors are unsure of what exactly causes the condition. That being said, it’s believed to be linked to environmental factors and genetics. One thing is certain: eczema is not contagious and cannot be passed from person to person. Some of the top eczema triggers include:
- Fabric irritants, such as latex, polyester, nylon and even wool
- Airborne allergens, including pet fur, pollen, and moulds
- Chemical irritants, such as soaps, laundry detergent, and a variety of beauty products
- Certain foods, particularly dairy, egg, gluten, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish
Healing Ankle Eczema: Natural Treatments
When dealing with sensitive skin, we cannot stress how important it is to use products that contain natural and non-toxic ingredients. This is to minimize the risk of further irritating your skin as much as possible. As a general rule of thumb, we like to say that if you can’t pronounce the names of the ingredients involved, it’s probably not the best choice for your skin! Here are our top suggestions for healing ankle eczema the natural way:
Adult Hypoallergenic Socks-Latex-Free-100% Organic Cotton-2 Pack - If you have a spandex or latex allergy, you’ll love these 100% organic cotton socks. Completely hypoallergenic, they are perfect for those with sensitive skin or itchy ankles.
Remedywear™ Pants for Adults — These eczema pants are lightweight, soothing and breathable, making them great for wearing underneath your regular clothing during the day or alone as pajamas at night. Enjoy the cooling effect of the silk-like fabric that features moisture-wicking properties. With a snug, legging-like fit, they truly fit like a second skin.
Remedywear™ Long Pants for Kids — Treat your child’s ankle eczema with these protective pants. They work great for preventing harmful scratching and providing cooling relief. For optimal results, we recommend wearing them overnight or all day under regular clothing.
Footed Pajama Pants for Kids - 100% Organic Cotton— If your little one can’t stop scratching or picking at their itchy skin, try our footie pajama bottoms. Made with soft organic cotton, they offer cooling protection for the ankles.
Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream — This oil-based balm is a favourite of adults and kids alike. It’s made with just six ingredients - all hand picked because of their known soothing abilities - including organic beeswax and Manuka honey! Gentle and nourishing for even the driest of skin, it does the job without any burning or stinging. Plus, you’ll adore its sweet, honey smell!
Emily Skin Soothers for Itchy Eczema — This itchy eczema treatment uses just three Chinese herbs in a base of olive oil and beeswax. It truly does wonders reducing inflammation and providing much-needed itch relief! Safe for babies and adults.
Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for The Eczema Company. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes.